My passion lies in education and more specifically in inspiring shared experiences and building positive memories for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.
Early on in my career, I realised that this is the most effective way to teach new skills. My duty as a teacher is to create stimulating learning opportunities that elicit active participation and communication.
In my practice I use Attention Autism to create stories, to provide visual and sensory experiences, to promote co-operation and to teach the social and functional skills that children and adolescents on the autism spectrum need in order to develop their independence.
As an Attention Autism Advanced Practitioner I have run many workshops and collaborated with parents, teaching staff, speech and language therapists and outside agencies to develop fun, creative and practical learning strategies to support pupils.
For example, I recently collaborated with teachers to create sensory stories that were based on the special interests of their students and through which the children had the opportunity to learn about turn-taking and sharing. Also, I worked with parents to create a series of motivating games and activities to help their children improve their diet.
I have been working as an ASD consultant for seven years and as an ASD educator for ten years, most recently as an ASD Lead Teacher and Communication Lead Teacher in schools in the U.K.. I have an Honours degree in Psychology & Pedagogics (Kapodestrian University of Athens) and an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (King’s College London).