I am currently the co-founder, lead Intervention worker and counsellor of a business called Youth Intervention Centre aimed at providing 1:1 specialist intervention and counselling services to young people aged 5-25 years old. Previous to this I worked at a Alternative Provision School in Devon.This is a school that takes students who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school due to challenging behaviours. I worked as a Specialist Teaching Assistant for Therapeutic Intervention supporting students (ages 5-16) who have emotional, social and behavioural needs both in and out of school. I was also the lead mentor and helped to provide pastoral support to all of our students. Previous to this I spent 18 months working as the Autism Specialist at a large mainstream school. I took responsibility for the majority of students at the school who were ASC or who presented with traits of ASC. I held regular social skill sessions with them and ran a buddy club at lunch times to further help build social skills and develop a sense of safety and well-being.
I'm not big on the whole academic side of teaching! The type of students I work with are never going to be able to fully engage with their academics unless we begin to address some of their other needs first. I love to support students with their SEMH (social, emotional and mental health), behavioural and well-being needs through relationship building, play, exploration, trust, respect and by creating a safe and nurturing environment. I am also a trained counsellor and use the skills I've learnt from this frequently with young people and their families of whom I work with.
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I went to Swansea University where I studied Ancient History and Egyptology. Somehow I got a 2:1 at the end of three years! Woop! Since University I have been on countless training courses run by the Devon Communication and Interaction team relating to Autism and I have completed my Level 1 Connected Kids certificate in mindfulness and meditation for children and young people. I have also completed my level 4 diploma in Integrative counselling to qualify me as a Counsellor. I have also undertaken a Mindfulness course for young people aged 12-18 with the British Mindfulness Institute and am also a certified Mental Health First Aider for Youth! My most recent training was in Lego Therapy. I am now looking at developing an emotional based support programme using Lego for young people struggling through trauma and unregulated emotions.