Autism Training and Consultancy
I offer bespoke training on topics such as Autism Awareness and Adapting Practice, and have a particular interest in autism and mental health. I can also offer the support planning training with a specific autism focus. I have teaching qualifications and over 18 years of experience as both teacher and trainer. I have undertaken a review of the autism diagnostic pathways in three London boroughs, for the NW London CCG Collaboration, making recommendations on how the pathway could be improved and what post-diagnostic support should look like. I have also completed and evaluation of the ASPiration service at the Kingwood Trust in Oxfordshire. I am a regular invited speaker on the PG Cert in Autism, run by the Dr Luke Beardon from the NAS and Sheffield Hallam University.
I am the Public Champion for Social Prescribing for the Mayor of London/GLA. I'm also Vice-Chair of HAIL, a learning disability and mental health service provider, which set up and hosted Stars in the Sky, the user-run learning disability dating agency.
I have been an approved trainer and consultant for the National Autistic Society since January 2016. Through them, I have delivered training to university staff at LSE, staff at the British Museum, and The Bank of England.
Location: Anywhere I can get to! UK and International.
Fees: Autism training is bespoke and therefore fees are dependent on your requirements, but will be competitive.
Bio: I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 41, having previously experienced mental health issues throughout my life. I was a teacher in Brazil, where I lived for seven years. On my return to the UK, I worked in Direct Payments (DP's) specifically for people with a learning disability, many of whom were autistic. I worked to remove the barriers to having the choice and control that DP's offered, which included making very complex information more accessible.
I have delivered bespoke autism training within the NHS in London, to IAPT students and to the mental health staff team in Harrow for CNWL NHS Trust. The feedback is always positive and trainees seem to find me an engaging speaker. Occasionally, people even laugh at my jokes...