How can we help?
We offer a unique approach in that we work collaboratively as two specialists with combined expertise in autism, language, learning and behavioural difficulties
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Our approach - unravelling and unpicking
When a young person starts to struggle or becomes very “stuck”, we work holistically to unravel what has gone wrong, and why. As part of this we consider the young person’s level of insight, perceptions and aspirations and how closely these tally with reality.
We reflect upon how others around the young person communicate, respond and support him or her. We unpick what is impacting upon self-esteem and whether any expectations are achievable and helpful. We think about strengths, and problem solve ways to reduce barriers. Our focus is upon enabling the young person, their family and school staff to understand him or herself better, develop coping strategies and make progress.
We believe that informal assessment and skilled observation often provide the best information but we use formal standardised assessment to unravel the problem, if needed. Our view is that standard formal assessments with standardised scores do not necessarily reflect the young person’s ordinary functioning.
Similarly, unlike other private practitioners we write practical, helpful reports which contain strategies rather than scores. We want our reports to contain accessible meaningful information rather than wordy jargon which can often be overwhelming.
Who we work with
We work with children and young people aged 2 - 19 years and young adults.
It doesn't matter to us whether young people have a formal diagnosis or not. We are not medical professionals but Helen will give a professional opinion whether your child may be on the autistic spectrum, and Ian will give a professional view about possible Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia. Our aim is to provide a full picture of your child's skills.
Essentially, we work with children and young people with autism, language and learning needs - including literacy and numeracy - who may be:
Highly-anxious or overwhelmed
Isolated and alone, even if they are attending school or college
Challenging in their behaviour, at home and/or in the school or setting
Out of education or struggling to stay in education
With additional mental health needs
Adopted or looked after
At risk of exploitation
Disillusioned, that people don’t ‘seem to get them’ or they can’t be helped
Stuck or struggling with education because of additional learning needs, or with obsessive/perfectionist tendencies
Struggling with transitions (e.g. home-school, into school, primary to secondary school, into college, university and the workplace)
Able learners who struggle with meta-cognition (thinking about how they learn effectively) e.g. difficulties with time-management, organisation, revision, coursework etc
Dyslexic or experiencing maths difficulties
Any or all of the above
We also work with
Staff in school or educational settings
Parents, carers, and the wider family, as necessary
Other professionals that may be working with the child, young person or family
Please see our note on potential, professional 'Conflicts of Interest', concerning those with whom we would not be able to work.
Our video-consultation is ideal if you need a professional discussion with us, to find a way forwards. We also offer bespoke training and workshops for schools, and a range of packages/support for children, young people and their parents/carers.
Transparent pricing from the outset
Unlike many working in the sector, we are fully transparent about prices from the outset - all our prices are published on our website. Any additional costs or work will be fully discussed and mutually agreed as beneficial to unravelling the situation, and we will never suggest extra work that will add little to the picture. Please see our prices page for full details.