My Approach

Adapting Environments - Not Your Child

Wherever your child falls on the vast autistic spectrum, there’s one thing that unites all the families I
support: They all want to live a happier, more harmonious life. Securing that is what’s at the heart of
my coaching approach and everything I offer I’ve designed to help you achieve it.


Many autism specialists look to change a child, when said child fails to behave ‘normally’. I don’t do
that. I believe changing the child’s environment is the key to unravelling a-typical behaviour that lies
at the heart of your daily struggle. All behaviour, both positive and negative, is a form of
communication – it tells us something even if we don’t necessarily understand the message. I believe
looking deeper, to identify the root cause of any behaviour, offers the understanding that’s needed to
create lasting, positive, change to move forward.


And, whether you work with me on a 1:1 basis or join my group coaching programme, my approach helps you move forward by learning to understand these coded messages and focusing on those things you can control - that’s not about changing your child but changing your perspective and their environment.

THE BONSAI TREE

Trying to describe anything arbitrary, like ‘an approach’ can be difficult, so I relate mine here to something a little more tangible - the Bonsai tree.

While autism presents differently in every child, there are four main areas of difference that affect the
autistic brain to varying degrees. It’s these four areas that together we work through to provide you
with the insights, confidence, and practical tools you need to create positive and lasting change.

 

Since it’s where you and your family spend the most time, the environment we begin with is your
home. We explore what your child’s behaviour is communicating, what the root cause of that
behaviour is, and what you can practically do to alleviate it.


So here are those four main areas of difference I mentioned that autistic people have. These
underpin my coaching approach and our work together. These will help you better understand your
child and how you can make changes to their environment that will create a secure, calmer, and
happier home for your entire family.

what they struggle

to say

Read more about social communication and
why it’s an area of difference for autistic people

WHY THEY MISUNDERSTAND

Read more about social understanding and
why it’s an area of difference for autistic people

HOW THEY ACT OR REACT

Read more about social interaction and why
it’s an area of difference for autistic people

HOW THey EXPERIENCE
THE WORLD

Read more about sensory impact and why it’s
an area of difference for autistic people