October is now well and truly behind us, and Christmas will soon be upon us. But did you know that each year, October is selective mutism awareness month?
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Claire qualified as an educational psychologist in 2000 and has worked in Manchester ever since, first for the City Council Educational Psychology Service and then for One Education since it began in 2011.
Whilst she enjoys all aspects of the job as an educational psychologist, her particular passion is in understanding brain-based differences in development, the ‘neurodevelopmental conditions’, particularly the autism spectrum. She is the Senior Practitioner lead for Developmental Difference at One Education.
Claire is part of the Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Team (SCAIT) for South Manchester, a role she has held since 2004. Through this role she has developed her understanding of autism and has a reputation for devising quality bespoke interventions for complex children. She runs a monthly parent consultation service and supports children, families and schools throughout South Manchester in managing their autism needs. Claire is particularly passionate because she is not only a professional in the field but also the parent of a son with autism.
Claire champions the often overlooked children who are very quiet in school. She has contributed to the Doctorate Programme in Educational Psychology at the University of Manchester regarding Selective Mutism and has attended Parliament to discuss the needs of this group of children at the invitation of the national charity, SMIRA (the Selective Mutism Information and Research Association). She was the founder of a multi-agency working party in Manchester (including Speech Therapy and Clinical Psychology) which is devising a joined-up coherent approach to managing the needs of children with selective mutism via a local pathway and training model.
Outside of working Claire is kept busy acting as a taxi to her four children but likes to read and watch crime dramas on the rare occasions she gets to sit down and relax!