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.
'My husband and I were recommended Side by Side Coaching through a friend, who for a long time suspected that our son is on the autistic spectrum. It took me over a year to finally make contact with Cathy (even saying the word autism made me cry!) but I am very glad that we did. We were quickly put into contact with Anna and in what felt like no time at all we were sitting having our first session. All so very simple! Anna is extremely organised and efficient, and our 5 sessions were booked in advance. I am an emotional person who wears her heart on her sleeve but the calm, supportive and non-judgmental manner of Anna made me feel much better about the future and indeed events in the past. I feel that my husband and I were on the right tracks when we met her, but Anna's guidance and gentle suggestions helped us to make a few changes at home. Our son is in a much happier place (most probably because he can sense that we are happier parents !). At all times, Anna reassured us that we know our son better than anyone and her suggestions were not rules. In fact, we are all on a journey with our children whether they are on the autistic spectrum or not. Anna's own experience and knowledge clearly enabled her to empathise with us and I will miss our chats. I thoroughly recommend this style of help and support to anyone with children on the autistic spectrum.' Parent, Surrey, Dec 2017
'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, Nov 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, Nov 2017