I was born in the United Kingdom in 1972 and have been
living and working in Singapore since August 1997.
I trained in London obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree (BA
Hons) in Music and Dance, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education
(PGCE - teaching diploma) and a Diploma in Special Educational Needs
(DPSE) specialising in the field of Autism. Additionally, in 2005, I
passed my Masters in Education Degree (MEd) specialising in Autism,
Challenging Behaviour and Learning Difficulties. This was a distance
learning course with Birmingham University, U.K.
On completing my PGCE I worked for 3 years at Whitefields Schools and
Centre in East London. A multi-cultural, government funded centre
comprising of 7 schools within one campus, each specialised in a
specific area of special needs. I worked in the school for children
between 4 and 19 years with Behaviour and Communication Difficulties.
The majority of the students that attended this school had an Autism
Spectrum Disorder or severe communicative difficulties. Additionally
many of them exhibited severe challenging behaviours. As a result the
staff experienced regular training in a variety of areas including SCIP
(Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention), TEACCH (Treatment
and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped
Children), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems), Facilitated
Communication and Behaviour Modification. I have experienced working
with children and young adults with a variety of Special Educational
Needs from the ages of 3 to 20.
I moved to Singapore in 1997 and taught a special needs
class at Dover Court International School for 2 years.
In 1999 I started my own business offering a range of services for
children with special needs and for parents and professionals.