|Job Title and Organisation
||Principal at Blackfield Primary School, The Inspire Learning Federation
|Introduction/Background (experience, qualifications, current work/research, etc.)
||During the last 10 years, I have worked with children with a wide range of learning needs, many with varying degrees of autism. I have seen how autism can impact on a child in the Primary phase of their education as well as how this impacts family life at home. Through constant dialogue with outside agencies such as: CAMHS, Education Psychologists and Behavioural Therapists, I have had the opportunity to help develop the practice at Blackfield Primary School in supporting children who are severely autistic.
|What does the ACoRNS project mean to you?
||I believe that research is the best way to move practice forwards and it excites me to work with a group of likeminded professionals to better provide for children with autism and their families. The fact that ACoRNS exists shows that there is a group of people who believe that best practice needs further development across the wider, national picture and the best way to improve outcomes for all children is to disseminate research which has proven outcomes. I think this network is great idea and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.
|Areas of interest
||My main area of interest is in early identification of autism and how schools can provide for autistic children from an early age. I also believe that all schools should be able to provide the appropriate setting and resources for autistic children and that all educational professionals should have a basic understanding of children who have autism.