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Sara Griffiths

Type of therapist: Behavioural Support, Autism Support

Location: Gloucestershire

Skills

Anger management Anxiety Emotional regulation Mental Health issues Self-esteem

Qualifications

  • PGCE - Teaching Children with Severe Learning Difficulties (1988)
  • BA (Hons) - French (1985)

CV

  • Sara’s passion for working in the area of learning disability was kindled in the mid 1980s, when she and her husband lived and worked in a community home for adults with learning disabilities, run along Rudolph Steiner principles.
  • Since qualifying as a teacher of children with severe learning difficulties in 1988, Sara has worked with children of different ages and a wide range of learning difficulties.
  • As part of her teaching role, Sara became a portage worker and had the opportunity to work with children and parents in their homes, which greatly deepened her understanding of the pressures and anxieties experienced by parents.
  • During the last 9 years, Sara has been working as a teacher of severely autistic children with complex sensory needs.
  • Because of the diverse nature of the children's needs, much of her work has involved creating individual pathways, devising achievable targets and engaging each child in 1-1 or small group activities using Intensive Interaction, Sensory Integration, Attention Autism, structured and imaginative play, Schema, Total Communication and Teacch tasks in a structured timetable.
  • Sara now works as a special needs supply teacher, working with children of different ages and a wide range of learning difficulties, as well as an Autism and Behaviour support therapist at The Owl Centre
  • Sara works closely with her team of teaching assistants and has daily contact with parents to provide consistent support for each child. She works alongside Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Community Learning Disability Team colleagues, and other professionals to provide the best possible outcomes for each child.
  • For the last 2 years, Sara has been out on visits to Vietnam and Cambodia, working with and training teachers to provide the very best education for children with a wide range of needs including autism and learning disabilities.
  • Sara has 4 children of her own, one of whom has a severe receptive language disorder, so she has first-hand experience of the strain and worry involved in bringing up a child with learning difficulties.
  • She has also been on the receiving end of a range of health and educational professionals and recognises the need for them to work together, to be positive, empathetic and supportive, and to suggest practical and imaginative ways to overcome obstacles and find solutions.

Interesting / fun facts

  • Sara plays whistle and sings in an Irish band.
  • She is renowned for wearing bright colours and is nicknamed 'Rainbow' at work.
  • Sara is number 6 in a family of 8 children.
  • She loves sensory art, music and intensive Interaction.