Charity Coordinator & Specialist Teacher
Sarah qualified as a primary school teacher in 1995 and has worked with children with autism for over 20 years. She has developed and runs our anxiety management courses, social skills groups, communication and attention groups and 1-1 programmes with children. She also manages our Empowering Parents Course, volunteer training and workshops for parents, schools and local organisations.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Francis is a qualified occupational therapist (OT) with over 15 years experience of working in paediatrics. She has worked as an OT for the local authority children's services and the NHS children's therapy services before starting Mustard Seed in 2011. Francis has post graduate training in Sensory Processing Disorder and autism; DIR Floor Time; Motor Coordination Disorders and Therapeutic Listening. Francis has a special interest and passion in autism with many years experience in working in this field.
Family Support Worker
Stacy is a family support worker for Mustard Seed. She previously worked in an autism specific school and has also worked in a local special needs school for children with a range of difficulties. Stacy is a mum of three. Her eldest daughter has high functioning autism and she has a son diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome (PDA).
Associate Occupational Therapist
Pippa works with Mustard Seed one day a week. She is a children’s occupational therapist with 18 years experience. Pippa has worked in the NHS for a number of years and also within a specialist educational setting. She has post graduate training in sensory integration and sensory processing needs and has also undertaken post graduate training in co-ordination disorders and different approaches to supporting handwriting needs. Pippa has a special interest in autism.
WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT...
...the support of our team of volunteer family support workers, sibling support group workers, admin and fundraising volunteers.
Following a well-developed recruitment and screening process, including DBS checks, all new volunteers complete our comprehensive in-house training programme. They then move on to shadowing and supporting sessions with children.
Experienced family support workers may work directly with families; planning and preparing elements of the interventions, alongside team leaders.
Regular supervision is provided by team leaders for all volunteers working with children, as well as ongoing in-house training, at least once a term.