With a wide range of skills and knowledge acquired and performed in the last 10 years, my experience focuses on working with young people (03-11+yrs) with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Asperger Syndrome (AS). I have been involved in the development of specialised intervention programmes which have looked at the behaviour and psychological challenges presented by ASDs children.
I have been involved in the development and practice of rehabilitation activities with music and movement which address the examination of challenging behaviors’ causes and consequences. I have been involved in the delivery of training to staff in-service and in other services outside the organization, in the use of non-aversive and invasive strategies to manage challenging situations and more specifically challenging behaviours.
I have been involved in an advisory role, in the development of software called conTatto and in the analysis of behavioural patterns. This software package assist professionals in the analysis of patterns and trends of behaviours and relation. I have developed and I’m teaching an effective methodology called Relational and Expressive Rehabilitation for the ASDs children.
Furthermore my role as Therapist has always ensured a pro-active approach in support with the families. Working on their strengths and talents rather than focussing on their difficulties has been the core of my work.
Also the use of Music, Yoga, Dance as therapeutic and educational tools have encouraged development in different areas including self-esteem, self-presentation, dealing with anxiety and stress, and social skills both with communication and interactions.