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Specialist Support Team

Meet the Team

We have family support advisors and engagement officers ready to address your individual needs. Just call 01243 214120 or email

Talk to one of our experienced specialists in the LIVE CHAT at the bottom of the page

Testimony: “The specialist team have a good understanding of my child’s condition, they are approachable, knowledgeable and professional”
Penny Piggott
Penny has over 15 years experience working with ASC, children and adults. Penny is the senior behaviour specialist and specialist support manager. Her background is in Social Science with extended studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Penny is studying for a Masters in Applied Behavioural Analysis at Queens University, Belfast. She is also a sleep counsellor with ‘Sleep Scotland’ and a Positive Behaviour Support Coach. Penny has delivered training in house and externally to schools, colleges, residential services, parents and many professional agencies.

“I love sharing my passion for Autism, teaching others the importance of understanding why behaviours happen, what strategies can help and empowering individuals to make a difference”.

Cathryn Tinker
Cathryn has a Masters Degree in Autism Studies and four years experience of Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has also worked in a primary school unit for children with severe autism. Cathryn has many years experience of leading various children’s groups, as well as art groups for adults with special needs. Cathryn has delivered training to schools, DWP, foster carers.

“I deliver training on a wide range of aspects related to ASC, I like teaching others to think creatively, find solutions and think ‘outside the box’, to help with difficult issues or hard to reach individuals”

Lucy Russell
Lucy has a degree in Occupational Therapy and has an interest in the sensory needs of children and adults with ASC. Lucy has experience of working with children and adults with ASC . Lucy is studying for a Masters in Applied Behavioural Analysis at Queens University, Belfast, she is also a trained ABA tutor. Lucy is a sleep counsellor with ‘Sleep Scotland’. Lucy has lots of experience with children and adults who have additional mental health difficulties. Lucy has delivered in-house training, external training to schools, businesses and NHS teams.

“Training is such an important part of professional development. I have always enjoyed going on training courses and it is such a privilege to be able to deliver training and share my own knowledge and passion in the areas of practical support, sensory experiences and social skills”

Meraud Davis
Dividing her time between the Specialist Service and Adult Services, Meraud works with children, young people, adults, and their families to put in place effective behavior management strategies and skills based interventions. Meraud has 14 years of experience of working on home intervention programs based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, and 6 years of teaching on Engagement courses at vocational college. Her area of interest is in proactive strategies to prevent challenging behavior, communication, and improving the quality of life for those she works with. Meraud has a degree in Psychology, is a qualified teacher and accredited Positive Behaviour Support coach, and is studying for a Masters in Applied Behavioural Analysis at The Tizard Centre. Meraud delivers training on PBS, active support and functional assessments.

“I champion the use of proactive strategies to help prevent the need for individuals to display challenging behaviour. Giving people with Autism the right tools to navigate their world improves quality of life and promotes success. Learning should be a lifelong process that we help facilitate – there is no ceiling to people’s capabilities.”

Kate North
Kate has over 17 years experience supporting adults with learning disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, mental health, complex needs and behaviours that challenge. Kate has managed a number of services including residential, day services and supported living and is currently part of the senior management team. She also leads the service user involvement group, encouraging service user input across all parts of organisational delivery and has set up and facilitated social groups and training for individuals on the spectrum. She has written and is responsible for the Autism strategy within the organisation and works closely with the local authorities and relevant professionals to ensure that all aspects of this strategy are achieved. Kate delivers Autism awareness and PBS (NAPPI) training and works closely within services supporting individuals and the staff teams. Kate has a degree in Special Education: Adults with Autism from Birmingham University. She is also a Social Eyes Facilitator with the NAS

“I have a passion for service user involvement, positive behaviour support and sensory processing needs”.

Chris Foster
Chris has 15 years experience working with adults with ASC and challenging behaviour. Chris has managed numerous services from residential to day activities as well as facilitating Asperger Support and drama therapy groups. Chris also has 5 years experience of working in a mainstream primary school setting where he worked with children requiring specialist educational support on a voluntary basis. Chris is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Autism at The Tizard Centre and is a Positive Behaviour Support Coach. Chris specialises in anxiety.

“In prioritising communication, we immediately improve an individuals’ quality of life, we relieve frustration and anxiety. To understand and be understood”

Amelia Wilton
Amelia has over 20 years of experience working with children and young people with complex needs, specialising in those who are on the autistic spectrum.  Amelia is a Specialist Nursery Nurse specialising in child development.  Amelia worked as part of a wider multiple team in child development centres assessing children’s development and need.  Supporting parents and carers to implement strategies to promoting development, communication and supporting behaviour. She delivers autism spectrum specific training to parents and professionals.

“I have a particular interest in speech, language and communication. I enjoy empowering children and young people by using augmentative and alternative communication systems”.