Cathy May, Karen Whichello, Rosalind Evans, Trevor Hill, Anna Horton, Bridget Livsey and David Ruby are all parents of young adults with these conditions. It is a pre-requisite that all members of Side by Side 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. Our team of coaches and trainers have a broad and varied knowledge and experience of living and/or working with people with Autism, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Tourette's Syndrome. They each bring unique skills and specialties so we are able to tailor the coach or trainer to the individual needs of the client.
Cathy May has worked extensively as a Specialist Coach supporting adults and families with children with Autism, ADHD and PDA since 2009. She has an MA in Autism and is currently studying to be a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Oxford University. She is also included on the Preferred Providers Register on the Disabled Student Allowance quality assurance framework for supporting university students. She was previously the Senior Specialist Coach for The ADD-vance ADHD and Autism Trust and ran the helpline for the Hertfordshire Branch of the National Autistic Society. She has also worked at a specialist school supporting children with these conditions as well as their parents. Cathy offers consultancy and supervision to professionals and organisations such as schools and leisure providers and previously co-facilitated a number of local support groups. She is a member of The Association for Coaching and has delivered coaching to hundreds of families and adults over the years.
Karen Whichello worked within a specialist autism school as an HLTA supporting children within the classroom with behaviour difficulties. Her specialism is PDA and ASD including children with suspected or confirmed PDA. She has been writing and delivering PDA training courses since 2014 to families and professionals in various locations across the country. Karen is a mother of two young adults with these conditions as well as a volunteer for the PDA Society offering support to families. She will be presenting a workshop at the 2018 PDA conference in Birmingham on ‘The Impact on Families’. She offers in house training and supervision to professionals and organisations working with PDA, including behaviour specialists, schools, charities and leisure providers. She has an OCN level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with Autism.
Rosalind Evans is an experienced Business Psychologist, skilled Facilitator and a qualified Coach. She has worked as a manager and an independent learning and development consultant gaining international experience in the energy, manufacturing and finance sectors. Rosalind now specialises as an Employment Consultant supporting adults with Autism. She works with clients to help them realise their strengths and overcome the specific challenges to enable them to find suitable work opportunities. She also works within the employment setting to ensure they fulfil their potential and contribute fully in their role. This also includes supporting line manager’s and team members through training and mentoring to raise awareness of Autism and enable them to work with and support autistic colleagues. Rosalind is also a part time Project Worker for the NAS running an evening social group for young adults with Autism. She is a member of the Association of Coaching, CIPD and the British Psychological Society.
Trevor Hill has over 30 years’ experience as an IT Consultant in a variety of industry sectors. He has worked with the ADHD & Autism charity, ADD-vance developing their content management system and supporting charity events. He has two sons with Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. Trevor administers the Side by Side Coaching and Training IT systems and supports the team.
Anna Horton is a Specialist Autism/ADHD/PDA Coach, with a particular interest in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). She is a qualified Homeopath, a Certified Practitioner and Coach of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Practitioner of Time Line Therapy. Anna has also worked at a management level within local government before retraining. As a parent with a disability and a child with Aspergers, SPD, PDA and severe anxiety, Anna has taken the journey through coaching with Side by Side. From a personal and professional perspective she fully understands the benefits it can bring to all concerned. She has navigated through the EHCP process successfully and supported her child from a mainstream primary school into an Autism Specialist provision. It is Anna’s passion to work with families and support them in finding their path to a happier, healthier and more settled family life. She is a volunteer for the PDA Society supporting families and a member of the Association for Coaching.
Bridget Livsey is an experienced SEN adviser. She has worked extensively with families and carers in helping them to navigate SEN law in relation to educational issues that are the result of a child's special educational needs or disability. She is particularly well versed in recent SEN reforms brought in by the Children and Families Act 2014 and in the statutory processes surrounding Education, Health and Care Plans. Bridget has worked as an Independent Supporter on behalf of the Council for Disabled Children and as an IPSEA Advice Line Adviser, and has completed accredited SEN legal training with both organisations. Bridget is also a specialist coach and trainer for the charity, The ADD-vance ADHD and Autism Trust, supporting families of children with ASD, PDA and/or ADHD and delivering specialist parenting courses and workshops.
David Ruby is a Specialist ADHD/Autism Coach supporting young people and adults. Following his diagnosis of ADHD in his early 30’s, David stemmed a career change away from the commercial world to start teaching. Since then he has discovered a passion for working with adults and young people with ADHD/ASD and their families. After working at a specialist unit for primary school children with ASD he moved to his current position in a secondary academy as a science and maths teacher to 11-16 year olds. He supports students with additional needs tailoring his teaching techniques based on an individual students’ difficulties. With a supportive and understanding approach he helps students’ become more engaged and productive to improve their grades. David has a particular interest in researching tools and designing specific learning plans for students with ADHD and ASD and has adapted these to also support adults in the workplace or studying. He aims to increase motivation so clients can ultimately manage and embrace the many positive aspects of their ADHD. David graduated with a BSc Food Business Degree and an MBS in Marketing from University College Cork.