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About my journey to becoming a coach

Hi, my name is Vicky Coxhead and I’m super proud mum to my four, amazing, neurodivergent, (now mostly grown up) children. My eldest son is autistic with a Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile. I also have a son with attention differences, otherwise known as, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and my entire family, myself included, are dyslexic. My children inspire me every day and have been the making of me. My journey has not been easy, nor is it the one I had initially planned but, it has been epic - full of ups, downs, tears, tantrums, love, and laughter.

I’ve spent the last 25 years working with children both neurotypical and neurodivergent as well as those with other additional needs. I have worked as a nursery nurse, nanny, and teaching support. More recently I’ve worked as an advisor to schools and parents - helping secure better outcomes for autistic children.


Having shunned an academic path to be a mum and work with children, at the tender age of 40, I went ‘back to school’ to secure a first-class honours degree in ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability’. I am currently studying a Master’s in psychology, it’s truly fascinating.


In my “spare" time I run a charity for families affected by the life limiting condition, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). As well as having a neurodiverse family, my two eldest were also born with CF. I am Chair the Governors at Cornwall’s preeminent special school, and volunteer for the National Autistic Society.

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I’ve coached and befriended many parents in similar situations to myself, whose children are autistic or are neurodivergent, through Scope’s ‘Face 2 Face’ initiative. If I’d known when my eldest was born, what I know now, my journey navigating neurodiversity would have looked vastly different. That’s why I founded NeuroHappiness. The support I needed simply wasn’t there for me. I don’t want that to be the case for anyone else.


My perspective around autism is different to most you’ll find out there but one that supports the new culture of neurodiversity. It’s steeped in personal experience, as a mum that has been there and done it. But to credibly help others I knew I’d need more than personal experience; I also needed professional insight and also an insight from the neurodiverse community. My coaching approach uniquely blends my personal, community and professional experiences.


And that’s how I came to be where I am today, as a mum and a coach - sharing my new-found perspective and practical solutions to help families enjoy meaningful and positive lives together - no matter how complex your family may be.

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