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Katy McDonald

Type of therapist: Autism Support

Location: Hertfordshire

Skills

Autism Spectrum Behavioural Difficulties Special Educational Needs Early Years Sensory Integration Difficulties Social and Emotional Difficulties Classroom Observation / Advice for Teachers Self-esteem / confidence Parenting support Emotional regulation Social and emotional development Self-esteem Obsessions Developmental delay Attention-related Difficulties (ADD, ADHD) Attention-related Difficulties (ADD, ADHD)

Qualifications

  • BSC Colour Chemistry (1996)
  • PGCE Primary Teaching (2007)
  • MA Autism Studies (2015)

CV

  • I am a qualified primary teacher with a Masters in Autism Studies. I have taught within mainstream primary schools, including as a Learning Support Teacher providing support for children with autism within these settings. I have also worked within a Language, Communication and Interaction Service, supporting mainstream schools to provide an inclusive and accessible provision that meets the needs of children with autism.
  • I am an enthusiastic autism specialist, who is committed to supporting children with autism to be confident and independent members of the community, and have opportunities to reach their potential. I am also eager to support parents and school staff working with a child with autism , to empower them to use different strategies and a consistent approach to support the child. I am passionate about inclusion, and all children learning and playing with their peers, using supports and strategies to overcome any barriers that might arise.
  • Professional skills -
  • Nurturing and developing a child's motivation and ability to communicate and interact.
  • Providing strategies to support social communication and emotional regulation.
  • Providing strategies to support the sensory needs of the child.
  • Providing support in the home, school and the community with practical, fun and meaningful activities, that meets the needs of the child and supports development.
  • Working with parents, school staff, and other adults supporting a child with autism, to develop an understanding of the child's needs, and empower them to use suggested strategies to support these needs.
  • Delivering targeted interventions, including Attention Autism, Social Skills/Communication, Music Interaction, Food Exploration and Zones of Regulation.
  • Providing recommendations based on observations and discussions with parents and other adults working with the child.
  • Using a SCERTS approach within my practice.
  • Using The Engagement Model within my practice.
  • Supporting schools, and opportunities within the community, to ensure there is a provision involving an inclusive practice that meets the needs of the child.
  • Carrying out Annual Reviews within a school setting.
  • Supporting the assessments and target setting within a school setting.
  • Involved in delivering CPD within a school setting.
  • Personal skills -
  • A passion for all children being included, and reaching their potential
  • Team work
  • Attention to detail
  • Effectively communicating with parents, school staff and other agencies working with a child.
  • An enthusiasm to continue to focus on my professional development.
  • A professional attitude to all areas of my work.

Interesting / fun facts

  • I have played the cello as part of an orchestra!

Locations covered (514)

Essex

Abbess Roding Abridge Ardley End Arkesden Ashdon Aveley Baker Street Bannister Green Bardfield End Green Bardfield Saling Barnston Basildon Bedlar's Green Berden Billericay Birchanger Black Notley Blackmore Boreham Boyton Cross Braintree Breach Barns Brentwood Brick End Broad's Green Broadley Common Brock Hill Broomfield Broxted Bulphan Bumble's Green Burton End Causeway End Chafford Hundred Chatham Green Chelmsford Chignall St James Chigwell Chigwell Row Chipping Ongar Chrishall Church End Church End Clatterford End Clavering Coalhill Coopersale Cornish Hall End Coxtie Green Crawley End Crays Hill Crow Green Debden Debden Green Doddinghurst Doddinghurst Common Downham Duddenhoe End Duton Hill East Hanningfield Edney Common Elder Street Elmdon Elsenham Epping Epping Green Farnham Felsted Finchingfield Ford End Foster Street Fryerning Fuller Street Fyfield Galleywood Gamble's Green Good Easter Grays Great Bardfield Great Canfield Great Chesterford Great Dunmow Great Easton Great Hallingbury Great Leighs Great Notley Great Saling Great Sampford Great Waltham Great Warley Hadstock Harlow Hastingwood Hatfield Broad Oak Hatfield Heath Havering's Grove Hempstead Henham Herongate High Beech High Easter High Ongar High Roding Hill Green Hook End Horndon on the Hill Howe Green Howe Street Ingatestone Ingrave Kelvedon Hatch Lambourne End Langley Leaden Roding Lindsell Little Baddow Little Bardfield Little Burstead Little Canfield Little Chesterford Little Dunmow Little Easton Little End Little Hallingbury Little Leighs Little Walden Little Waltham Little Warley Littlebury Littlebury Green Loughton Loves Green Lower Green Lower Nazeing Manuden Margaret Roding Margaretting Matching Green Matching Tye Mill End Mill Green Molehill Green Monk Street Moreton Mountnessing Navestock Side Nazeing Newport Nine Ashes Noak Hill North End North Stifford North Weald Bassett Orsett Orsett Heath Panfield Pleshey Quendon Radwinter Ramsden Bellhouse Ramsden Heath Rayne Rickling Green Roxwell Roydon Roydon Hamlet Saffron Walden Sandon Sewards End Sewardstone Sewardstonebury Shalford Sheering Shelley Smith's Green South Hanningfield South Stifford South Weald Stansted Mountfitchet Stapleford Abbotts Start Hill Stebbing Steventon End Stock Stondon Massey Takeley Takeley Street Terling Thaxted Theydon Bois Theydon Mount Thornwood Common Toot Hill Tye Green Ugley Ugley Green Waltham Abbey Wendens Ambo West Hanningfield West Horndon Wethersfield White Roding Wicken Bonhunt Widdington Willingale Willows Green Wimbish Green Woodside Green Writtle Wyatt's Green

Hertfordshire

Abbots Langley Albury Aldenham Allen's Green Anstey Ardeley Ashwell Aspenden Aston Ayot Green Ayot St Lawrence Babbs Green Baldock Barkway Barley Barleycroft End Bayford Bedmond Benington Berkhamsted Birch Green Bishop's Stortford Blackmore End Borehamwood Bovingdon Bramfield Braughing Breachwood Green Brent Pelham Brickendon Bricket Wood Broadoak End Brookmans Park Buckland Bucks Hill Bull's Green Bulstrode Buntingford Burn's Green Burnham Green Bury Green Bushey Bygrave Chandler's Cross Chapmore End Cheshunt Chipperfield Chipping Chiswell Green Chorleywood Clapgate Cockernhoe Codicote Colliers End Colney Heath Commonwood Cottered Cuffley Dane End Datchworth Eastwick Elstree Epping Green Essendon Flamstead Flaunden Frogmore Furneux Pelham Gilston Goff's Oak Gosmore Graveley Gravesend Great Amwell Great Gaddesden Great Hormead Great Offley Great Wymondley Green Street Green Tye Gustard Wood Hadham Cross Hailey Hare Street Harpenden Hatfield Haultwick Hay Green Hemel Hempstead Hertford Hertford Heath Hertingfordbury Hexton High Cross High Wych Hinxworth Hitchin Hoddesdon Hogpits Bottom Holwell How Wood Hudnall Hunsdon Hunsdonbury Ickleford Jockey End Kelshall Kimpton Kinsbourne Green Knebworth Langley Lea Valley Lemsford Letchmore Heath Letchworth Letty Green Lilley Little Berkhamsted Little Gaddesden Little Hadham Little Hormead Little Wymondley London Colney Mangrove Green Maple Cross Markyate Meesden Much Hadham Newgate Street Newnham North Mymms Northaw Nuthampstead Oaklands Old Knebworth Park Street Patchetts Green Patmore Heath Perry Green Pimlico Pirton Potten End Potters Bar Pottersheath Preston Puckeridge Rableyheath Radlett Radwell Redbourn Reed Rickmansworth Ridge Ringshall Roe Green Royston Rucklers Lane Rushden Sacombe Sandon Sandridge Sarratt Sawbridgeworth Shenley Shenleybury Sleapshyde Smallford South Mimms South-end Spellbrook St Albans St Ippolyts St Margarets Stanborough Standon Stanstead Abbotts Stapleford Stevenage Stocking Pelham Tewin Tewin Wood The Folly The Heath Therfield Thorley Street Thundridge Tonwell Tower Hill Trowley Bottom Tyttenhanger Wadesmill Walkern Wallington Waltham Cross Ware Wareside Water End Waterford Watford Watton at Stone Welham Green Welwyn Welwyn Garden City West Hyde Westmill Weston Wheathampstead Whitwell Widford Wildhill Woolmer Green Wormley West End Wyddial

Cambridgeshire

Bedfordshire

Greater London

Buckinghamshire

Kent

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