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.
The PDA Society is conducting a short survey about experiences of life and support for those with the PDA profile of ASD. We would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes (10 maximum) to complete it. Please click on this link for more information and the survey. Thank you.
Rachel Phillips has joined the team and is a specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling and Psychosexual Therapy for couples and LGBT people with Autism.
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.
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.
Coaching 'I want to thank you because we have never felt like anyone could understand our challenges and to see that you do and believe us is the first experience we have had with feeling heard on this matter...also you have ideas about strategies. Above and beyond. Even seeing that you lived through raising a kiddo with similar difficulties is hopeful for us...first time we have felt “hope” in years...so thanks.' Parents, BC,Canada (after 1st session) March 2018
Training 'I wanted to contact you to say how helpful your recent PDA training session was (19/01/18), although I’d read lots about PDA and felt this was something my daughter has as part of her ASD diagnosis it helped provide a good few ‘lightbulb’ moments. I am spotting areas of behaviour that I hadn’t before and feel better able to manage them positively. I’ve had feedback from the school as one of Hazel’s 1:1 TA’s attended with me, they have said the TA really enjoyed the course.' Parent, Feb 2018
Coaching 'Following your great coaching Cathy, life with my son is now is pretty amazing. Since our sessions with you we have been practicing all the coaching and the results are fantastic. Arran has responded so well and his social development has improved beyond belief. He can in some ways be at times even more considerate than his neurotypical peers!' Parent, Kent, Feb 2018
Training 'One of the best courses I have been on as a SENCO. Thank you! I feel more confident in approaching challenging situations.' Professional, Jan 2018