I received my Psychology Degree from The University of Lincoln, UK, during which I specialised in intellectual disabilities and literacy for people with ASD (Autism), ADHD and Dyslexia. My Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of The West of England, was focused on disability and access to curriculum through literacy programs.
At 21, I worked on the Management Team for a residential annual holiday for the UK Charity MENCAP. The Holiday Program was aimed at increasing the quality of life for children with disabilities. Following the MENCAP Program I began teaching children with special educational needs. My expertise in ASD grew and I became a respected lead teacher for children with ASD in mainstream education and a highly sought after educator for teachers In North London. My role involved teaching teachers how to integrate, plan for and evaluate students with ASD.
In 2004 I became the Director of Outreach Services at Oaklynn Special School in Auckland, New Zealand. I designed the new Outreach service with an emphasis on teaching mainstream teachers of students with ASD, best practice for ASD. During this period I created and delivered training, as well as consultancy support to over 400 teachers of students with ASD in mainstream settings throughout Auckland and New Zealand. My role further developed to design and provide training for family members, health and learning disability providers and support workers. My areas of special interest include behaviour support, relationships and communication.
In 2008 my first of three daughters was born. Raising my girls is certainly my greatest achievement in addition to the hardest work I have ever had to do! In 2014, my family moved to Melbourne, Australia. Upon speaking to several parents of children with ASD it became obvious to me that in Victoria, there seems to be little or no way for parents or schools to access information in a manageable and affordable way. Autism Consultancy Services was set up to bridge this gap.
Autism Consultancy Services works closely with parents, schools and interested parties to create a supportive environment in which all children can thrive, parents feel supported, and all teachers feel successful and valued. Such a holistic approach, combined, with the very best practice from several disciplines ensures a multi-layered approach to supporting students with ASD, within the mainstream school system.
I am passionate about successful and fully supported mainstream education for every child. It is my belief that for this to be possible each Teacher, Support Staff Member and Parent require specific coaching to create the optimal outcome for the child.