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Autism Specialist and Family Support Consultant in Hampshire and help with childrenAutism Specialist and Family Support Consultant in Hampshire

The Owl Centre is happy to add Autism Specialists and Family Support Consultants to their team in Hampshire, providing a friendly and sympathetic solutions-focused approach to the children and parents they see.



Philippa Anne Pettitt - BSc (Hons). PGCE. Ad Dip: Leadership and Management Early Years. Certificate in counselling skills.

Philippa Anne Pettitt


Full name: Philippa Anne Pettitt

Known as: Philippa (NEVER Pippa!)

Type of therapist: Autism Spectrum

Qualifications: BSc (Hons). PGCE. Ad Dip: Leadership and Management Early Years. Certificate in counselling skills

Year of qualifying: 1983


  • 1980 – 1985: Working with adults with learning difficulties – hospital/Adult Training Centre.
  • 1985 – 1986: Probation year at school for children with moderate learning difficulties. London.
  • 1987 -1990: Teacher in Charge adult Education programme for adults with learning difficulties. London.
  • 1990 – 1992: Teacher children with learning difficulties. Portsmouth.
  • 1992 – 2003: Teacher special needs nursery. Portsmouth.
  • 2003 – 2006: Advisory role for children with autism. Portsmouth.
  • 2006 – 2017: Teacher in Charge, Autism Provision attached in mainstream primary School. Portsmouth.

I have worked with children and young adults with autism over many years. For ten years I managed a specialist autism provision in Portsmouth. I believe in a child centred approach, building a close and respectful relationship with every child and working closely with the family. This includes a positive, child centred approach to any challenging behaviour the child may show – all behaviour is a communication which we need to understand. I use an holistic, integrative approach bringing together a range of strategies to build an individual programme for each child: TEACCH, PECS, Intensive Interaction, Special Time, Attention Autism, Social Stories, Visual approaches, Sensory integration strategies are some of the approaches I use. I will work with the child’s strengths and interests to engage them and help them learn in the best possible way. I use a multi-disciplinary approach working closely with all involved professionals.

I have delivered training on understanding autism, specialist approaches to working with children with autism and on child centred positive behaviour management both in this country and abroad.

Interesting fact:

I enjoy hula hooping, walking my dog and digging the allotment – keeps me fit! I like reading, travel, Cornwall and doing cryptic crosswords with a good cup of coffee!




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