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Helen

ASD – AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER LEAD COUNSELLOR
LIFE COACH & VIRTUAL REALITY PRACTITIONER
PARENTING SUPPORT

SON WITH A DUAL DIAGNOSIS OF DOWN’S SYNDROME AND AUTISM

Helen’s interest in the law came when she worked as a Special Constable in Avon & Somerset Police for three years. She then went on to serve as Police Support Staff with Gwent Police and Avon & Somerset Police for nine years. She also worked voluntarily with Gwent Victim Support before starting her counselling training in 2001.

Helen left the police to focus on being a full-time mum to her three sons. Her youngest has a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome and Autism which is where Helen’s interest in ASD began.

Helen has worked with Headstuff for a number of years and is quite simply an expert in the ASD field. There is nothing she doesn’t know and understand about ASD and is passionate about keeping anybody with ASD, but teenagers in particular, out of prison.

Autistic people are at risk of committing criminal offences for a variety of reasons which Helen completely non-judgmentally accepts and understands. Often they are unknowing victims of exploitation, targeted deliberately by others to carry out criminal offences because of their literal interpretations of verbal instruction and own vulnerabilities.

ASD people can struggle with communication differences, self regulation challenges and not understanding social expectations. These alone, or combined, often lead to frustration and anger that can be perceived as violent and aggressive outbursts, or acts of damaging other peoples property, including violence in the home.

Some ASD people actively seek out opportunities and activities driven by their varied sensory processing differences and needs. They can sometimes be found doing unusual activities that help calm and reassure them – but in a public place and in such a manner that members of the public may find it inappropriate – resulting in the police being called.

Some ASD people struggle to understand and interpret what is legal, safe and accessible pornography and cannot differentiate between that and the unacceptable abusive sites with content that is of a very serious nature, viewing is an offence and carries a prison sentence.

Helen is passionate about helping ASD people, in trouble with the police, understand how what they might see as acceptable behaviour, isn’t in the eyes of the law. She works with a real compassion for people with ASD and has a gentle, kind and fully supportive approach.

Helen is familiar with The Autism Act ‘Think Autism’ and the rights of ASD teenagers and adults when they do hit problems.

She is happy to work with parents of ADHD teens in trouble or the teen themselves if they are happy to engage in therapy.

Helen is also highly trained in ADHD and understands were ASD and ADHD meet. Therefore if you or your child have a combined ASD/ADHD diagnosis, Helen is the perfect person to understand where the two conditions cross over. She can identify which traits from ADHD or ASD have impacted on the crime.

With Helen’s knowledge of the criminal justice system coupled with her personal, professional and extensive knowledge of ASD, she is an invaluable therapist to help when your ASD/ADHD child or adult needs help.

Helen provides parenting support, particularly to parents of Inattentive ADHD children and those with dyspraxia. She has experience of SEN tribunals and uses the Time Intensity model to help clients.

 

Qualifications:

  • CPCAB LEVEL 4 – DIPLOMA IN LIFE COACHING STUDIES
  • CPCAB LEVEL 4 – EUROPEAN DIPLOMA IN THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING  (C.B.T)
  • WJEC ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING
  • WJEC CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING SKILLS
  • UNIVERSITY OF DERBY – AUTISM/ASPERGERS AND ADHD
  • ASSOCIATION FOR COACHING – WHAT MAKES YOU REALLY TICK
  • PSIOUS THERAPY BEYOND IMAGINATION – SPECIALISED TRAINING IN THE USE OF VIRTUAL REALITY

Helen

ASD – AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER LEAD COUNSELLOR
LIFE COACH & VIRTUAL REALITY PRACTITIONER
PARENTING SUPPORT

SON WITH A DUAL DIAGNOSIS OF DOWN’S SYNDROME AND AUTISM

Helen’s interest in the law came when she worked as a Special Constable in Avon & Somerset Police for three years. She then went on to serve as Police Support Staff with Gwent Police and Avon & Somerset Police for nine years. She also worked voluntarily with Gwent Victim Support before starting her counselling training in 2001.

Helen left the police to focus on being a full-time mum to her three sons. Her youngest has a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome and Autism which is where Helen’s interest in ASD began.

Helen has worked with Headstuff for a number of years and is quite simply an expert in the ASD field. There is nothing she doesn’t know and understand about ASD and is passionate about keeping anybody with ASD, but teenagers in particular, out of prison.

Autistic people are at risk of committing criminal offences for a variety of reasons which Helen completely non-judgmentally accepts and understands. Often they are unknowing victims of exploitation, targeted deliberately by others to carry out criminal offences because of their literal interpretations of verbal instruction and own vulnerabilities.

ASD people can struggle with communication differences, self regulation challenges and not understanding social expectations. These alone, or combined, often lead to frustration and anger that can be perceived as violent and aggressive outbursts, or acts of damaging other peoples property, including violence in the home.

Some ASD people actively seek out opportunities and activities driven by their varied sensory processing differences and needs. They can sometimes be found doing unusual activities that help calm and reassure them – but in a public place and in such a manner that members of the public may find it inappropriate – resulting in the police being called.

Some ASD people struggle to understand and interpret what is legal, safe and accessible pornography and cannot differentiate between that and the unacceptable abusive sites with content that is of a very serious nature, viewing is an offence and carries a prison sentence.

Helen is passionate about helping ASD people, in trouble with the police, understand how what they might see as acceptable behaviour, isn’t in the eyes of the law. She works with a real compassion for people with ASD and has a gentle, kind and fully supportive approach.

Helen is familiar with The Autism Act ‘Think Autism’ and the rights of ASD teenagers and adults when they do hit problems.

She is happy to work with parents of ADHD teens in trouble or the teen themselves if they are happy to engage in therapy.

Helen is also highly trained in ADHD and understands were ASD and ADHD meet. Therefore if you or your child have a combined ASD/ADHD diagnosis, Helen is the perfect person to understand where the two conditions cross over. She can identify which traits from ADHD or ASD have impacted on the crime.

With Helen’s knowledge of the criminal justice system coupled with her personal, professional and extensive knowledge of ASD, she is an invaluable therapist to help when your ASD/ADHD child or adult needs help.

Helen provides parenting support, particularly to parents of Inattentive ADHD children and those with dyspraxia. She has experience of SEN tribunals and uses the Time Intensity model to help clients.

Qualifications:

  • CPCAB LEVEL 4 – DIPLOMA IN LIFE COACHING STUDIES
  • CPCAB LEVEL 4 – EUROPEAN DIPLOMA IN THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING  (C.B.T)
  • WJEC ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING
  • WJEC CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING SKILLS
  • UNIVERSITY OF DERBY – AUTISM/ASPERGERS AND ADHD
  • ASSOCIATION FOR COACHING – WHAT MAKES YOU REALLY TICK
  • PSIOUS THERAPY BEYOND IMAGINATION – SPECIALISED TRAINING IN THE USE OF VIRTUAL REALITY