Cathy May, Karen Whichello and Anne Ross 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) 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 the Senior Specialist Coach for the charity, ADD-vance. She previously worked in a specialist school supporting children with these conditions as well as their parents. Cathy also delivers consultancy in professional organisations and schools and previously ran the helpline for the Hertfordshire Branch of the National Autistic Society. She has co-facilitated a number of local support groups and has delivered coaching to hundreds of families over years. Cathy is a member of The Association for Coaching.
Karen Whichello worked within a specialist autism school supporting children within the classroom with behaviour difficulties. Her specialism was PDA and Asperger's Syndrome including children with suspected or confirmed PDA. She is a mother of children with these conditions and has written and developed PDA training courses As well as writing and delivering training courses she continues to work with schools and families who have children with these difficulties. She has an OCN level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with Autism.
Anne Ross is a Specialist Behavioural Psychologist, Coach and qualified trainer. She is the Director and Founder of the Charity: ADD-vance ADHD and Autism Trust, (ADD-vance.org) which celebratied its 20th Anniversary last year. Anne has worked as a Specialist Coach of families and adults for many years as well as training front-line workers in health, education, social care and other statuary services. Anne moderates a large Facebook support group and for the past 10 years has run local support groups, specialist parenting courses and workshops.