About Wendy

Wendy and Rufus

I have worked with autistic young people for 15 years, initially in primary and secondary settings and more recently for two London local authorities as an Autism Outreach Specialist. My interest in helping autistic young people led me to return to education as a (very!) mature student where I enjoyed deepening my understanding of autism as a natural part of human diversity.

I enjoy a busy family life with my husband, two sons, three step-children and cockapoo Rufus! My interests keep me active and include running, walking, tap dancing and yoga classes. Family and friends are very important to me and it is with their support and encouragement I have had the courage to focus my energies into setting up Your Autism Mentor.

Skills and approaches:

  • working with children and young people in one-to-one and small group mentoring relationships
  • supporting autistic young people through adolescence, understanding puberty, sexuality and changes in the teenage brain
  • supporting adolescent girls who may have a subtler presentation of autism
  • social stories and comic strip conversations
  • visual supports and prompts
  • TEACCH approach (teaching, expanding, appreciating, collaborating and cooperating, holistic)
  • SPELL framework (structure, positive approaches and expectations, empathy, low arousal, links)
  • the ‘Drawing and Talking’ therapeutic intervention
  • the SCERTS® model (social communication, emotional regulation and transactional support)
  • Lego Therapy groups
  • National Autistic Society’s ‘Teen Life’ Parent Training Programme
  • qualified ‘H.A.P.P.Y. Coach’ – the Happiness in Autism Personal Project for Young People developed by Peter Vermeulen from Autism in Context
  • report writing, including advice for EHCP needs assessments
  • observations/advice to schools
  • development of educational transition resources and supporting group work
  • development of a local authority funded project to support the transition of autistic young people to post-16 education

Wendy’s qualifications and awards:

  • Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction in Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome, Sheffield Hallam University
  • First-Class B.A. (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Greenwich
  • Merit Award for Outstanding Contribution, University of Greenwich
  • Open Awards Certificate in Mentoring Young People in the Community
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution, London Borough of Bexley
  • Mental Health Champion, Place2B

Useful Information:

  • Wendy, trading as Your Autism Mentor, has insurance with limits of £1,000,000 professional indemnity and £5,000,000 public liability
  • Your Autism Mentor is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a Data Controller
  • Wendy has up-to-date safeguarding training including completion of the National Autistic Society ‘Safeguarding Children on the Autism Spectrum’ course
  • Wendy holds an Enhanced Certificate with the Disclosure & Barring Service
  • Wendy regularly attends supervision sessions with an experienced Mentor Supervisor for continued development of her practice
  • Wendy regularly participates in Continued Professional Development (CPD) to keep up-to-date with research, continue learning and developing her practice
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