“Jess has been working with two of my level 1 students for some time now. Jess has been able to establish excellent relationships with both of my students almost from the beginning due to her expert knowledge of both their needs. Jess has made sure both engage well with her intervention techniques and tasks which has helped the students understand and act appropriately to situations where typically they would have floundered. Using a variety of effective instructional strategies and resources means that both students are very keen to meet with Jess weekly. These results are now starting to show in my classroom with the students being able to contribute more and participate to higher levels. One is working towards putting problems to one side and not fixating for a disproportionate amount of time whereas the other is working hard to speed up her verbal processing making it possible for her to have a conversation that flows more easily. All fantastic steps forward for these two students which in turn leads to more inclusive and effective learning in my classroom. I highly recommend Jess for her expert instruction and also how she builds upon the students ‘existing skills. Thank you Jess”
“Excellent Service that really help us and the students.You always go above and beyond and offer a flexible service.”
From Suzanne Jackson, SENCo Chiltern Hills Academy
“We have found it really useful working with AuTC and with Claire. Claire gives clear feedback and is flexible and will work on any incident that has occurred that week. The fact that AuTC work in school rather than at the child’s home means that there is good communication with the school, Claire and parents and the school is not left out of the loop as with some outside agencies.”
Anna Fenelon, SENCo, Chesham Prep School
“I really appreciated the information Jo gave me. I have been able to use some of the key points on ASD and behaviour and they have worked! I found the meeting extremely helpful and look forward to meeting again to gain more knowledge from her”.
“We have started a new initiative for ASC students. The Autism Teaching Company has given us excellent support and training on how to run Social Skills Groups, selecting pupils to create a good balance within the groups, help with resources and training in identifying specific issues students face in the classroom”.
From a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.
“Everyone found the course incredibly useful and couldn’t wait to try out some of your suggestions. Thank you so much!”
Assistant Head at Loughton School after a training course at her school on ‘Girls on the Spectrum’
“My interest was definitely held throughout the INSET, I have a much better idea of what Autism is now.”
“It really made me think about the children I teach and the different strategies I use.”
“It was very informative and I learnt lots. I had no idea there were so many different issues.”
“They (Ruth and Jo) were very knowledgeable and approachable. I liked the way they linked the presentation to actual children at our school.”
Comments from a recent training
I would like to thank you for your excellent training day. I feel that most staff have a better understanding of ASD and hopefully have strategies to use which will help many children, including those with ASD. I look forward to dealing with your wonderful and vital company again in the future.
SENCo, St Johns CofE Combined School, Lacey Green
“Your training last week was thoroughly appreciated. It has been lovely hearing the comments back from the team on how valuable it was and relevant to our caseload. Considering you had the post lunch slot I was surprised how fast the 3 hours flew by – which goes to show how well you engaged us! So once again thank you for superb delivery and sharing your vast experience and knowledge with us.”
Catriona Johnstone – Occupational Therapy Team Lead – Wycombe – Children & Young People’s Occupational Therapy Service
TESTIMONIALS FROM STAFF AT GREAT STAUGHTON SURGERY
Very thought provoking session, thank you! I am looking to offer our autistic patients a better experience in future by alerting the team to adjustments and strategies. Practice manager
Interactive session, involving the whole team, G..P
Lots of useful ideas, particularly advice re information overload and useful examples. Nurse practitioner
Relaxed informative session. I enjoyed as well as learned. Secretary
The interactive session made it easier to take in a ot of information; knowledgeable tips to support patients better. Health care assistant
Very informative, good ideas on how to make the environment more ‘autism friendly’. The videos made it easier for me to relate to what it could be like. Dispenser.
My daughter has applied for her first role “ticking the autism box” and she was asked to describe what reasonable adjustments she might need, amongst other things. She was able to draw on your sessions and the report, so it has proved helpful already – fingers crossed!
The journey has been an enriching experience for us all – thank you.
Jess has built up a fabulous rapport with our son, and her expertise is evident. She has found ways to engage him quickly and he has made visible progress since working with her. Jess has worked in partnership with the school, recommending strategies that have all been adopted and again have gone down brilliantly with our son. Thanks Jess your support is invaluable!
I would just like to say that the sessions Claire has done with our son and the feedback she’s provided to us have been nothing short of miraculous. She has given us so much more understanding of our boy & because of the work she has done with him the school are finally beginning to take our concerns seriously. We are so grateful.
“Claire is amazing! She has been supporting our son, and our whole family really, for the last 6 months. She is very good at engaging with our 10-year old son and helping him to understand why he is thinking and feeling the way he does. He really enjoys their sessions together and routinely asks us when he is seeing Claire next. He is a much calmer and happier boy now that he has strategies to cope with his autistic traits. We are very glad to have her working with us. “
“Jane, thank you so much for coming to our house and meeting my son today.
I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get him down the stairs and it was great to see.
When you left he told me that he liked you and that it was ok for me to arrange for him to see you again. This is amazing for me that he has agreed this. Thank you so much, it is now giving me hope that he can get the help he needs which I have wanted for along time now.”
On the way home, student to her mother “ I always feel so much better after I see Jo.”
“Our son considers Jane to be ‘on his side’. She has had a massive impact on his acceptance of his ASD diagnosis and investigating what strategies might work for him to maximise his massive potential. Jane and Jo have helped guide us through exceptionally rocky and turbulent times and emerge the other side with a happier and successful child and as a much more settled family life.”
“Jo, words can’t express how grateful I am for your constant support and valuable expertise in all matters relating to him. Thank you so much for your total understanding of every issue that we have been through – we wouldn’t have been able to cope through his school years without your help xx”
“We have all been extremely grateful for your continued support. You have been amazing; caring, helpful, understanding and always available to listen and give advice. Many, many thanks”.
“We cannot tell you how needed this support is”.
From a set of parents
“Thank you very much for being amazing and helping me. Also thanks for sticking up for me even though I have been a massive challenge”.
“Perfect, I have LOVED these sessions!”
“Good clear information, presented well. Excellent discussions led by the Specialist Teacher”
“Great way to get people together, well organised and really helpful tips”
“Interactive stuff brings it to life. Very useful to hear other people’s experiences as well”
“Flexibility – responding to individual issues, not just following a list. Range and depth of detail. Up to date with latest developments in autism thinking.”
“The structure of the sessions ran in a very good order. They have given me self confidence.”
“I enjoyed all of it and found it useful.I wish you were running these when my child was younger.”
“I really found the first session at Waddesdon so useful, to share different experiences and pick up ideas and strategies was really helpful. Just recognising different scenarios and thinking oh yes! That explains it! ”
“I would like to thank Jo for the brilliant service she has offered us over the advice sessions. Every parent has left feeling positive, listened to and supported”.
“The best thing about AuTC is that everything they have done for us already this term, has been tailor made to our setting, our students and their parents. Parents have even been able to choose the focus of our coffee mornings”.
from a SENCo
“How brilliant these coffee mornings are… keep it up”.
Head – Aylesbury Grammar School
“The AuTC are a thoughtful team who have committed their organisation to raising the profile of ASD & PDA. They produce informative and helpful training both for professionals and families, and regularly support families who have children with PDA both in school and at home, adapting their working methods to suit the individual child. They are creative and flexible whilst being caring and professional. I’ve enjoyed working with them and sharing ideas throughout 2017 and am looking forward to continuing our relationship during 2018.”
Hilary – The South Bucks PDA Support Group
“Jo and her team have quickly built an extremely positive relationship with my 16 year old son. After many years of hardly leaving his bedroom, he recently attended a difficult meeting regarding his care, and was able to articulate his views in a calm manner. With Jo’s support, his hidden personality is beginning to shine through, and he is starting to understand what it means to have a PDA profile. I can thank the team enough.”
“Thank you for the informative seminars you ran on PDA. The discussions cemented my understanding and it was great to meet and share ideas with other families who have children with PDA.”