About Me

SEN teacher for over 20 years; Head of the Autism Service and currently a SEND Governor. I specialise in Autism, PDA, ADHD, Down Syndrome and Global Developmental Delay. I have predominantly taught Early Years and Primary age pupils, with a particular focus on developing social communication and emotional regulation skills. Extensive knowledge of a wide range of communication, emotional and learning needs across the ability range.

£100 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

My skills and experience developing meaningful and trusting relationships with children with SEN including autism, ADHD, PDA, and other needs: Throughout my time as a class teacher, I prioritised developing individual relationships with pupils in my class, I organised the learning to ensure that each pupil had regular focussed 1:1 work and play sessions. In my more recent role, I taught 1:1 and group sessions across the school, it was essential to the success of these sessions for me to quickly build meaningful and trusting relationships with each child. Following the child’s lead and intere... Read More
My skills and experience developing meaningful and trusting relationships with children with SEN including autism, ADHD, PDA, and other needs: Throughout my time as a class teacher, I prioritised developing individual relationships with pupils in my class, I organised the learning to ensure that each pupil had regular focussed 1:1 work and play sessions. In my more recent role, I taught 1:1 and group sessions across the school, it was essential to the success of these sessions for me to quickly build meaningful and trusting relationships with each child. Following the child’s lead and interests is often very effective in establishing trust, whilst providing consistency, structure and predictability for those children who need that.

My skills and experience teaching children with autism: I have taught children with autism for 20 years mainly within Special Schools, from Early Years through to post-16, teaching all subjects within the National Curriculum, plus independence and life skills. I was Head of Autism for 9 years, providing support for pupils, staff and families both within the school and as part of an outreach service. My focus was on reducing barriers to learning for pupils and supporting their development of key skills. I have used the SCERTS and DIR Floortime frameworks to assess and plan programmes for individual pupils.

My skills and experience teaching children with ADHD: I have taught children with ADHD in classroom, small group and 1:1 settings. This has included a range of different ADHD profiles - hyperactive/impulsive, inattentive/distractible or a combination. I make use of the child’s interests, integrated into the learning and as brain breaks in between other topics. I use kinaesthetic learning as much as possible and recognise the need for movement breaks to aid attention and focus. I have found that visual strategies are often highly effective, both within the learning activity and to support understanding of routines and expectations.

My skills and experience teaching children with speech and language needs: I have worked closely with Speech and Language therapists throughout my teaching career, integrating therapy programmes into classrooms and homes. I have experience using a range of AAC to communicate with learners – including PECS, Makaton, symbol-based communication books. I use Intensive Interaction, Floortime and Attention Autism strategies to develop early communication skills with pre-verbal learners; whilst using Social Skills programmes, Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations to support social communication development for more verbal learners.

My skills and experience working with children with sensory processing difficulties: I have done a lot of collaborative work with Occupational Therapists, with a focus on children with sensory processing difficulties. Identifying children who are over and under-sensitive to different senses. I have supported implementation and adaptation of sensory diets into classrooms and homes. This has included movement, auditory, visual, tactile and oro-motor strategies. I have extensive experience with the Alert programme and have also recently used Zones of Regulation and Autism Level Up, which all give a structure and strategies for supporting sensory regulation

My skills and experience helping children to engage in learning: I have extensive experience of supporting children with developing ‘ready to learn’ skills; these include sensory regulation skills, attention skills, organisational skills, raising self-esteem/confidence levels. I often used a play-based approach, using the child’s own interests and strengths to build a programme of learning. I have found the Attention Autism programme to be very effective in engaging learners, through its focus on visual learning. I use visual strategies that are tailored to the individual, including timetables, social prompts, flow charts and adapting the curriculum to make it more accessible visually. I use the Alert Programme to support sensory regulation skills, enabling the child to be calm, alert, focussed and ready to learn.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe in relationship-based and developmental teaching methods; children learn best when they feel safe, secure and connected and when the learning opportunities are matched to their next developmental steps. I draw from a range of approaches, some more directive/structured and some more child-led/flexible; talking to you and getting to know your child will inform which approaches might suit them best.

Something Sensational About Me

I love open water swimming and kayaking (even in the middle of winter) – it’s great for the soul. I play the piano and the oboe and am currently teaching myself how to play the guitar.

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    Availability

    • Tuesday 9.30am - 3.00pm
    • Wednesday 9.30am - 3.00pm
    • Thursday 9.30am - 3.00pm
    • Friday 9.30am - 3.00pm

    Qualifications and Training

    • PG Cert (Autism Children) UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
    • Graduate Teacher Programme (QTS) UNIVERSITY OF READING
    • PGCE (FE) UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF
    • BA (Hons) Education & Music UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF
    • SCERTS – Emily Rubin
    • Attention Autism – Gina Davies
    • PECS Level 1
    • Critical Communication Skills – Pyramid Education
    • Alert Programme – for self-regulation
    • DIR Floortime
    • PDA – National Autistic Society
    • Anxiety & Autism – Centre for Autism, Read
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    • PG Cert (Autism Children) UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
    • Graduate Teacher Programme (QTS) UNIVERSITY OF READING
    • PGCE (FE) UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF
    • BA (Hons) Education & Music UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF
    • SCERTS – Emily Rubin
    • Attention Autism – Gina Davies
    • PECS Level 1
    • Critical Communication Skills – Pyramid Education
    • Alert Programme – for self-regulation
    • DIR Floortime
    • PDA – National Autistic Society
    • Anxiety & Autism – Centre for Autism, Reading University
    • Psychological interventions for adolescents with Autism – Charlie Waller Institute

    Choose me if…

    • You’re seeking a specialist autism tutor
    • You're looking for a tutor with extensive SEN experience, including ADHD, Down Syndrome and GDD
    • You want to develop your child’s communication skills
    • You’re looking for a tutor with knowledge and experience of working with children with high sensory needs
    • You want support integrating therapy and learning plans into the home and family life.

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