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 Side by Side Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service offers specialist support to people with Autism ADHD and PDA. Click here to contact us for more information.
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.
Training 'Karen is knowledgeable and the examples given were great. I've been getting support from CAMHS for 11 years and Karen was able to provide strategies that will work with my child for the first time. I could relate to the many examples she discussed and clearly has walked the walk in this subject. The course was great for home life as a parent and in my role as a Behaviour Support Advisor. I can now give ideas for strategies instead of just empathising. This was a great course and has given me motivation to try these strategies in future and see a brighter future for my daughter.' Parent, October 2018
Coaching 'I implemented the approaches we discussed and I want to thank you Cathy for giving me a way of dealing with the episodes that meant my whole family remained safe from the threat of violence.' Parent, Newbury, September 2018
Training 'Thanks Karen for all information and for a really great day! I'm so glad I found this course on the Internet! Hope that, some day, eyes will open in Sweden for PDA.' Parent, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2018
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 'I am in my late 40’s and had always suffered with I guess what is probably labelled as some sort of social anxiety. I remember feeling this way even as a young child. If you met me you wouldn’t see it but I really suffered. I just wasn’t comfortable in social situations (and I am in them frequently). I always worried about what I would say next and the need to be interesting and keep the conversation going. I knew it wasn’t right but I didn’t know how to change it. The guidance Cathy provided was incredible. Key observations made it crystal clear to me about how I was ‘stuck' in this cycle. From our first meeting I was armed with information on how to change it and from that moment on my life changed. I still can’t quite believe, after a lifetime of suffering, that all that worry has melted away. I will be forever grateful. Amanda, Herts, April 2018
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