I’m originally from the UK where I worked as a higher-level Teaching Assistant and Acting Teacher for a special-needs campus.
For over 20 years, I’ve worked with students with a range of special educational needs. My roles have included: Learning Support Assistant, Autism Facilitator, Autism Advisor, Positive Partnership Presenter, and Autism Consultant. I have several qualifications relating to children’s education and care.
In 2009, I moved to Adelaide with my husband, son and daughter. I have continued to work with children and young adults on the autism spectrum.
My approach across all educational, home and community settings is person-centered, values-based and multidisciplinary. It’s underpinned by a holistic Positive Behaviour Support framework.
I offer broad and balanced programs tailored to the individual needs of each student. Students receive explicit teaching of skills that are enjoyable, age appropriate, individualised, and respond to the child’s particular needs, strengths, and interests. Support is delivered individually or within a small group setting.
I place importance on the development of communication, interaction, attention and the teaching of explicit skills. My goal is to foster as much independence into my students as possible.
Student participation is paramount, and I encourage involvement in decisions about their learning, support, and future.
As a Presenter, I share my knowledge and experience with teachers to upskill them with strategies to support students on the autism spectrum.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me spending time with my family or walking my dog.