So, about me.
I had a year’s placement as a volunteer student helper at a primary school while I was completing my A-levels. The placement was in a special needs unit attached to the school. I loved it. The children were amazing and it was a real eye opener for me. I had no idea about developmental disorders or physical disabilities to begin with but I loved working there and learnt some skills that would stand me in good stead later on. I finished my education and was working in administration when a vacancy came up for a support worker for adults with learning difficulties. I decided to give it a go. It was so rewarding and one of the things that fascinated me the most was the science and the psychology behind the different disorders.
I was involved in voluntary work for some time- helping to build education facilities in South-East England and then one in Nigeria (albeit remotely from an office in Surrey!). After the boys were born, I continued with voluntary work and administration work from home.
Post-diagnosis, I threw myself into research and tried to learn as much as possible about ASD and ADHD and how best to help my boys.
After the boys started school, I began working as a teaching assistant in a mainstream school, which has a Special Needs Support Centre attached. I am currently still there, working in the centre, most of whom have a primary diagnosis of ASD. I’m also completing my degree in Education Studies, specialising in SEN (Special Educational Needs) and Inclusion.
So that means I get to see things from ‘both sides of the door’, so to speak. I have experience as a parent of children with SEN, but also as part of a teaching and support team working with children who have SEN.
I hope this site proves to be useful and please do get in touch if you have any questions.