ALL THESE PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED IN THE ‘TOGETHER STRONGER CLUB’
Dr Helen Read
Dr Read is based in South London. She is a psychiatrist and an ADHD specialist
She provides affordable diagnosis for 16+ and adults
She is a parent of a child with ADHD.
Michael is a lawyer with a real passion for SEN Education Law
He successfully supports families fighting against exclusions, EHCPs and securing what our children are entitled to in school.
Clare is an expert coach and reflexologist and is the founder of Raising Spirit.
As a parent of a non-neurotypical child, she set up Raising Spirit in 2017 to support parents going through similar experiences to her own raising her SEND son.
Sarah is a professional organiser and declutterer
She is based in SE London and specialises in working with people and families with ADHD.
She is a parent with a child with ADHD.
Nicci is an Occupational Therapist who specialises in sensory difficulties
Her company Leap Therapy specialises in assessing and the treatment of children with learning, behavioural and developmental difficulties.
Karen is a nutritionist with an interest in how the gut affects focus and concentration.
She offers assessment at her clinic in London.
James is a psychiatrist with an interest in ADHD and multi-disciplinary treatment.
He is a member of UK Adult ADHD Network UKAAN and chairs their Training Committee
Debbie is a specialist dyslexia teacher
She offers diagnostic assessments and group coaching and personal teaching.
Eleanor Harris is an experienced speech therapist.
She is Director of Magic Words Speech Therapy.
She offers assessment and therapy.
DR GIOVANNI GIAROLI
Dr Giaroli is a well renowned psychiatrist specialising in ADHD research and is a lecturer at UCL
He runs a successful clinic offering ADHD diagnosis.
SEN LAW ADVOCATE
Stephanie is an ADHD advocate who has ADHD herself.
She is a trained lawyer and now advises families on how the SEN law protects families.
She supports university students with ADHD.
Stephanie is a Trustee of ADHD Action.
Em was diagnosed with ADHD recently and speaks frankly how ADHD has shaped her life
She is a talented artist who uses the medium to help and support children through art and play
Brian has a brother with ADHD so knows the impact on the family
He is a CBT counsellor and speaks about the difference between coaching and counselling
Brian is passionate about supporting our children to promote positive mental health and emotional well-being
Dr Rob Baskind
Rob worked for 7 years as the prison psychiatrist for Leeds Prisons.
He has also worked as the psychiatrist in a community mental health team and intensive community service.
Rob is very committed to raising awareness and improving provision of ADHD in adults and has been involved in local and wider research regarding ADHD
Kim is an accredited Success & Wellbeing Life Coach
Kim teaches tools and techniques to enable you to instil a positive mind-set, quiet the negative voice, take a calmer approach and have more control of your life and wellbeing.
She runs monthly ‘Calmer Me’ sessions exclusively to Together Stronger Club members from her home in NW London
Sarah was diagnosed with ADHD in her 50s
She is a successful entrepreneur running a number of businesses
Sarah recently retrained as a CBT counsellor
She is a powerful ADHD advocate and campaigns to help young offenders in prison and the homeless
Listen to her powerful story
Catriona was diagnosed with ADHD in her 40s.
She runs a successful clinic in Windsor, Berkshire.
Her work covers psychological evaluations and assessments, therapeutic interventions, consultations, mentoring, staff training and expert witness court work.
ONLINE SAFETY + WELLBEING OFFICE
Simon is an expert in how to keep or children and young people safe online, whilst being mindful of emotionally wellbeing.
He runs training and courses and offers sensible, no nonsense advice.
Gaye qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 .
Gaye has over 22 years experience working in a variety of acute, community and educational settings. Over the years she has worked with children and young people in many different settings and experiencing a wide array of profound and multiple disabilities. Some of these conditions include: Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory processing disorders, Dyspraxia, Developmental Disorders and learning disabilities.
Tamsin is an experienced Clinical Psychologist
She works for Achieving for Children which is a community interest company (a not-for-profit social enterprise) created in 2014 by the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Borough of Richmond to provide their children’s services.
Hannah qualified as an Educational Psychologist, with distinction, at the Institute of Education in 2006.
Hannah offers an assessment which will give you a clear understanding of your child’s learning, behaviour and development, as well as help your child to know their strengths and why they may find some things difficult at school.
DR MAITE FERRIN
CHILD + ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST
Dr Maite Ferrin is an experienced consultant psychiatrist specialising in working with children and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, behavioural problems, tics, and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
SENIOR LECTURER HALLAM SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY
Martin is a passionate advocate for education reform. He sees our children as square pegs trying to fit into round holes.
He is involved with many projects, publications and forums to bring about much needed change.
Tracy founded The Child Therapy Service which is focused on early intervention for children struggling with their social, emotional and mental health needs.
Providing access to resources, training and therapeutic support for children, families and professionals.
ADHD ADVOCATE, SPEAKER + MENTOR
Jake Sussman is the Dyslexia/ADHD change-maker we have been waiting for. Bridging those who think differently and those who don’t understand.
He is not a doctor, teacher or parent. Instead, Jake speaks on behalf of those who can’t. He was one of them.
SPECIALIST SEND TUTORS
Joann has 20 years’ experience working with children, including 12 years supporting those with specific educational and behavioural needs; autism, ADHD, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder, language delay, memory difficulties, focus and concentration difficulties. Joanna worked as a Speech and Language therapist, behaviour advisor, occupational therapist assistant and Head of Learning Support.
Joanna is the Founder of SENSational Tutors, an agency providing specialist tutors for children with additional needs.
SEND FAMILY INSTINCTS
Jess Cain is a a Special Educational Needs and Disability advocate.
She supports families to fight for their rights within the Education, Health and Care Plan EHCP process.
She is trained by the Council for Disabled Children and IPSEA, and works throughout the UK.
SPEECH + LANGUAGE THERAPIST
Tanya is a qualified Speech + language Therapist working in NHS and private practice.
She is passionate about:
Helping parents understand their children’s profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Collaborating with teachers to ensure that children are optimally supported.
Ensuring parents get the right advice.
Choosing functional targets.
She has developed a group language therapy programme to develop children’s language, communication, confidence and social skills.
Harry Thompson is an Autistic PDA adult and he is the author of the bestselling books ‘I’m Not Upside Down’ and ‘PDA Paradox’.
Harry is a public speaker, autistic educator, PDA ambassador, consultant & self-advocate. His audiences receive invaluable insights into neurodivergent experience, often delivered with controversial humour & brutal honesty.
SEND SUPPORT + ADVOCATE
Sue is a parent to five children with SEND. She now advocates for parents, advising, attending meetings and supports families and schools to understand the SEND law.
SPECIAL NEEDS STRATEGIST
Ben has a wealth of experience in managing services for people with additional needs and disabilities.
Ben is now Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Strategist advising and consulting with families and services.
Carl founded My Future Self Matters in May 2020, with one sole purpose ‘enabling young people to create a better future for themselves’.
For nearly 15 years Carl has worked with young people across various fields, with his specialist areas including Mental health, Education, Substance Misuse, Criminal Justice, Housing and the Social Care system. As a result of his training, Carl has developed an acute understanding of the challenges upon young people and has witnessed how professionals can positively influence the complex needs and pressures our young people face.
Having experienced a childhood of bereavement, domestic violence and growing up in the care system, Carl has first-hand experience of a number of struggles young people face. Luckily, Carl also experienced the benefits of having certain adults in his childhood who truly wanted to see him happier, who dedicated so much of their time and attention to supporting him at a time he really needed it. It’s because of his own childhood experiences that he embarked on a career he not only cares about but knows he can make a positive difference in.
Carl holds an extensive training resume including Diplomas in Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young People / Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellness / Anxiety Management and Life Coaching. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Simon Currigan is a former primary school teacher.
He set up Beacon School Support to advise and help teachers understand the reasons why pupils may not behave, what to do to help and how to have a whole school approach to change attitudes.
Help for schools, teachers and families when behaviour gets in the way of success
FOUNDER ‘MIND JAM’
Dan is a former secondary school teacher and has two sons who are autistic.
He founded Mind Jam whose aim is to support children who suffer anxiety, stress, social issues and other emotional needs.
Mind Jam mentors use gaming and game design to support and engage.
AUTHOR + FOUNDER OF ‘EOTAS MATTERS’
Heidi Mavir is a neurodiverent adult.
She is a public speaker, advocate, podcaster
Heidi founded ‘EOTAS Matters’ to support other families where children are Educated Otherwise Than At School (EOTAS).
She is author of bestselling book ‘My Child Is Not Broken’.
Heidi is parent to an Autistic/ADHD teenager.
She is a also chronic over sharer and a bit of a badass.
She loves giraffes and wishes all dresses had pockets.
Sally is an occupational therapist and works with children and young people in the West Midlands.
She is former Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation and is now a Trustee.
Sally has a particular interest in teenagers with dyspraxia who were the focus of her PhD research.
She is also a consultant to CBeebies for the programme Tree Fu Tom.