All About Autism Know How

Lynn Stephenson is a former advisory teacher for Northamptonshire County Council’s Autistic Spectrum team. She has 29 years experience in education, over half of it in Special Educational Needs where she was a SENCo for 16 years in various settings, gaining the TTA standards in SEN.

She has also worked as a Behaviour Support Teacher for NCC, which included teaching in a Pupil Referral Unit for KS 3 pupils. She has a wide experience and knowledge of supporting settings and pupils who display a range of behavioural difficulties, including autism. She is also a trained local lead for the Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance.

Lynn is trained in many approaches relevant to Autism including 5 Day TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories 10.1, Protective Behaviours, Social Thinking, Solution Focus Therapy Brief, Team Teach and Comic Strip Conversations.

Both Lynn and Gwen are trained to use the ADOS assessment tool.

To contact Lynn click here.

Gwen McConnell has over 23 years experience in supporting families, children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  She has worked voluntarily both in schools and in running parent support groups.  She was instrumental in setting up the Peterborough branch of the National Autistic Society, where she was the first Branch Officer. She has over 12 years experience in education and has worked in schools supporting children across a range of settings.  For 6 years Gwen worked for Northamptonshire County Council’s Autistic Spectrum team as the Senior Specialist Autism Practitioner supervising a team of 4 practitioners and offering advice, training and support to schools, and families.  She has experience of planning, developing and delivering interventions and resources suitable for pupils on the spectrum.  She presented one of these resources at the TEACCH International Conference in North Carolina.

Gwen has training and experience of many ASD-specific approaches such as TEACCH, PECS, Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations, Social Thinking and SCERTS.  She also has the Birmingham University Autism Spectrum (Web autism) University Certificate/Certificate of Higher Education and certificates from The University Of Northampton for supporting learners with Speech and Language difficulties and Supporting learners with Dyslexia.

Gwen is passionate about enabling young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders to maximize their potential in order to enable them to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

To contact Gwen click here.

We provide services to schools and other settings including:

  • Bespoke training-just tell us what you want or pick from our list of recommendations
  • Individual programmes on anger management, anxiety and relaxation, social skills, transition support and emotional self-awareness. That encourage well-being, post-diagnosis understanding, friendship skills, communication skills, play skills and managing challenging behaviour
  • Consultation and advice
  • Reporting and clear evidence
  • Multi-agency working
  • Setting up autism friendly settings
  • Autism audits
  • Parenting skills and sibling support
  • SEN mentoring
  • Transition support

Autism Know How will assess individuals and advise settings. Support is created based on existing strengths and identified needs of individuals and those who support them.

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