I am an experienced Behavioural Specialist who has been working in the field for over 17 years both in the UK and the United States. The motivation behind my decision to follow this career was driven by my own experiences as a parent. My two sons, now adults, were diagnosed as children with ADHD and Dyspraxia.
I was determined not to be labelled a 'bad' parent by those who misunderstood my children's behaviour. I trained in many aspects of behavioural and learning difficulties including completing a Cambridge University accredited ADHD Coaching Course, a problem solving course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Triple P Parenting course (awaiting accreditation). I now believe that society and, in particular, the education system, needs to gain a great deal of further understanding about all these disorders.
My projects receive funding from Local Education Authorities, the NHS, Youth Offending Teams and Youth Inclusion Support Panels, as well as the Children's Fund and the National Lottery. I train at Inset days in schools for learning mentors and teaching staff. I run parenting workshops for organisations and charities such as Mencap and for parenting support groups across the country. In addition, I have also helped over one hundred families through my programme of individual assistance.
Specialising in challenging behaviour and aggressive conduct disorders, I have had huge success in breaking well-established patterns of inappropriate behaviour and getting to the root of complex family problems. The strategies are now being used as a critique in Universities and colleges around the country, as well as by health professionals in other countries. I’m also considered to be a specialist on the subject of challenging behaviour by many television channels and radio stations.
I have put together a programme of parenting, sibling groups and social skills groups which has won an award for Excellence and Innovation from Basildon (Essex) PCT.
I have also made two well received series for Channel 5, called “Families Behaving Badly” and “The Teen Tamer”.