Early Start for Autism - Individualised Tailor Made Early Intervention

Ruth has over a decade of teaching experience in mainstream and specialist provisions. 

On moving to Dublin in 1999, Ruth undertook a Diploma in Montessori teaching and worked with children aged between 9 months and 3 years with a range of challenges. 

She then moved into classroom teaching as a temporary unqualified teacher in both city centre and rural schools around the Dublin area, moving back to the UK in 2000 where she completed a PGCE in Primary Teaching (Early Years) at Northumbria.

 After a year working in a wonderful mainstream primary school in London, Ruth moved back up to the North East where she taught in an Autism specific provision as class teacher and music and drama specialist. 

She returned to Northumbria Uni part time in 2004 where she completed an MA in Autism and Education under the guidance of Lynne Moxon. 

After a number of years in senior management roles in special schools she started her own Autism consultancy service and currently works with families and children across the UK providing individualised early educational intervention programmes and training to parents, professionals and local authorities. 

She is at present the only UK based practitioner undertaking fidelity in the newly researched Early Start Denver Model and enjoyed an inspiring training course at the MIND institute in Sacramento, CA under the guidance of Dr. Sally Rogers.

Having observed the struggles of countless families across the UK attempt to access quality early intervention services for their pre school child, Ruth was inspired to set up Scotland's first independent early intervention service as a charity and hopes that this  will serve both to raise awareness of the importance of early identification and the true value of early intervention for both the child and the family.

Ruth is also studying for her Doctorate in Education at Edinburgh University and currently writing her thesis on the differences in parental experiences of early intervention between the US and the UK.

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