In 1992 after moving to Singapore, my 2 year old son was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome – a genetic condition which is on the Autistic Spectrum. Having been a teacher since 1981 I now found myself the parent of a child with learning difficulties and also sensory problems all of which would have implications for his behaviour, development and growth.
At the time there was no real knowledge about Fragile X in Singapore, the net was in it's infancy and my own international research journey had only just begun.
I flew in an ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) trainer for Autism from the USA and I contacted experts in the UK, the USA and Australia, opening up lines of support, medical expertise and general enquiry that I still maintain today. In between sessions I updated my son’s programme by fax, phone and e mail.
We both evolved.
So much of the Autism training I did in Malaysia and Singapore is still continued today via my on-line clinic and support systems.
In 2000 I moved to Cape Town in South Africa and set up my own education consultancy. I worked with the Education Department of the Western Cape, 3 Universities and The International School of Cape Town. Overall I trained staff and worked with students at 8 different campuses.
I returned to the UK in 2002 and continued working with children and adults with all types of difficulties. My last post was in a special school where I was Head of Autism, Head of Interventions and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. I worked 1:1, with small groups, whole classes and trained staff. I worked with the families of the students in their homes as well as with them in school. I advised local schools and did specialist work with some the most challenging students in the area.
My son is now 28 years old, active and happy. He is in semi-supported living. I have built a team around him called “The A Team”. This team is multi-disciplinary, creative and committed. They, like me, work hard to make a difference. I want to share my unique experiences and knowledge to continue helping other children, parents and organisations in Asia as well as the UK.
BA Hons Art and English – University of London
Post Graduate Certificate in Education – Nottingham University
BA Hons & Post Graduate Degree in Psychology – Open University
Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language – University of Cambridge
Master’s Degree in Education, Special and Inclusive Education – University of Sheffield
The British Psychological Society – graduate member
The Fragile X Society UK
The National Autistic Society UK
National Association of Special Educational Needs
Sensory Integration Education