Specialist Coaching worldwide online and face to face Training, SEN Support and Employment Support for people or families with ASD, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
It is a pre-requisite that all members of the Side by Side team are either parents, have close family members or have the conditions themselves as we believe it gives a unique and essential depth of knowledge and understanding.
Side by Side SEN Support is a service for parents/carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Our SEN Support staff are comprehensively trained in all aspects of SEN law and have first-hand knowledge of navigating through the SEN processes. We provide guidance session on making applications for Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and plans, preparations for annual reviews and empowering you to get the best possible outcome. For further information see our SEN support page.
Side by Side Employment Support is a comprehensive package comprised of coaching and mentoring support for adults with autism to gain and retain employment, and mentoring and training for employers, line managers and team members. All our services can be provided in the workplace or virtually via Skype or telephone. For further information see our Employment support page.
New PDA Training dates for our 1 day courses that cover key areas such as understanding PDA, how PDA differs to Autism and simple but effective techniques to help reduce anxiety, improve communication and learning outcomes for children and young people with PDA. For forthcoming training dates and venues Click Here.
Good Schools Guide publish a feature by Cathy May & Karen Whichello outlining signs of PDA and strategies for parents and schools. Click here to read more.
'Cathy has provided more support and given more advice, hints & tips than we could have ever imagined. As a result of Cathy's coaching we are now in a better position to help our ASD/PDA son. This has resulted in a much calmer and happier family life all round. Enrolling in Cathy's help was the best decision we made.' Parent, Berks, November 2017
'Thanks so much for a totally amazing course. I feel like I’ve been trying to do a jigsaw puzzle in the dark for years and finally someone turned on the light. Thanks again. Warmest regard,' Parent, November 2017
'Cathy helped me approach issues differently with my son, provided moral support and has given me more confidence with medical, local authority and school staff too. Thank you!' Parent, Liverpool, October 2017
'Very informative training day with clear strategies described thank you so much for this really great day!’ Diana, October 2017
'Very in-depth and informative - I learned a lot of strategies and tips which I will use everyday, at school and at home!' Teacher, Newcastle, September 2017
'Cathy really helped me focus on key issues and gave good pragmatic advice, particularly about avoiding conflict and influencing my adult son in more productive ways. I felt supported by someone who fully understood the issues. Many thanks' Trisha, August 2017