Cathy May, Karen Whichello, Bridget Livsey 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 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 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.
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.
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 celebrated 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.