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).
George is an occupational therapist (OT) with over 25 years experience working in paediatrics. She has worked both in NHS children’s therapy services and independently. George works in mainstream and specialist schools and provides regular occupational therapy in a specialist centre for children with autism within a secondary school.
George has been providing occupational therapy services for Mustard Seed since 2015, initially through the Mustard Seed OT for Schools Service. George’s has post graduate training in sensory processing, motor co-ordination disorders, handwriting difficulties, Therapeutic Listening® and the CO-OP Approach™
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.