Background

Fiona’s training around Learning Disability/Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Sexuality has proved to be immensely popular.

In 2009, Fiona received an award at National Level for her work developing and delivering a course of Sex & Relationships Education for students with Asperger Syndrome accessing a College of FE in Nottingham.

In addition to gaining the Advanced Certificate in Education relating to ASD awareness, Fiona has also attained qualifications relating to skills associated with Counselling, Mentoring and Coaching and has used these to enable her to work more effectively with able young people on the spectrum.

Fiona also has a special interest in Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE) and Sex & Relationship Education (SRE) and has completed training to become a DfES/DH/TPU Approved Teacher of PHSE & SRE. She has produced two resources that are distributed across the UK and have proved to be very popular amongst teachers, healthcare staff and social workers. The resources are entitled, ‘Sex & Relationship Education: A Programme for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’ and ‘A PHSE Programme for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’. Fiona has completed a third resource entitled, ‘Enterprise Education for Learners with Special Needs’ which is also available.

Fiona has experience of speaking at conferences and delivering training for a variety of agencies regarding a variety of areas relating to the teaching and support of learners with ASD. Details of some of the key aspects that have been requested and covered are included on the next page. She has delivered a 10 week OCN module at level 3 (‘Supporting Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’), over a period of 7 years and delivers training on a regular basis around issues of Sexuality and the Autistic Spectrum for the Family Planning Association.

Fiona has also run sibling and parent workshops and worked in a consultancy role for various agencies including a local FE College keen to develop provision for learners with ASD. She has worked in partnership with Nottingham City Local Education Authority, developing a Foundation Learning Tier Diploma Programme to be accessed by more able learners within the 14-19 phase of Rosehill School. This model will be available to other schools once it has been successfully trialled.

Fiona has a personal as well as a professional interest in autism as she is the sister of a man with a classic presentation of the condition and has first hand knowledge of growing up in a family affected by issues relating to the needs of a family member with an ASD. She is often asked to talk about her personal experiences of living with a brother on the spectrum.