Trainer Profiles

About The Training & Practice Development Team

Our Trainers

All of our training is delivered by qualified trainers with autism specific University certificates and employment backgrounds. This ensures that all training courses have relevant content and anecdotal stories to illustrate learning points. Training delivery is monitored for quality assurance purposes through training observations and course feedback and evaluation.

Dave Serpell-Stevens
Senior Autism Practice and Training Specialist UCert (AS)
Angela Thompson
Angela Thompson
Senior Autism Practice and Training Specialist Cert HE (AS)
Sandy Burgess
Sandy Burgess
​Training & Qualifications Officer DTLLS; RSA Dip; MCMI; MSET

Senior Autism Practice and Training Specialist UCert (AS);

  • 30 years employed in the fields of autism and learning disabilities
  • University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders through the University of Birmingham.
  • Qualified PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor

I began my career about 30 years ago in a residential children’s home and from an early stage it was apparent to me that those with a diagnosis of autism were struggling with the rather traditional attitudes to childcare that prevailed at the time.

If my subsequent experience, study and research have taught me anything it is that people on the autism spectrum need understanding and accommodation rather than schooling in strategies aimed at masking their true characters.Consequently my training is aimed more at changing perspectives on autism rather than offering quick and generic ‘fixes’.I attempt to achieve this using a variety of experiential exercises and reinforced using contributions from those on the spectrum themselves.

Senior Autism Practice and Training Specialist Cert HE (AS);

  • 20+ years’ experience of working with Adults and Children with autism and Asperger Syndrome both within residential and educational services.
  • Certificate of Higher Education in ASD through Birmingham University.
  • University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders through the University of Birmingham.

I am excited to offer support to both tenants and staff by utilising the mission and values of Autism Hampshire. Creating opportunities to increase independence, developing new skills and building confidence are my main priorities and are the themes which run through both internal and external training sessions. Creating an awareness of autism and the effects on the person is another area that I am passionate about and auditing services provides me with the opportunity to develop staff knowledge within this subject. I am also committed to the voice of people on the autism spectrum being heard and consequently attempt to involve them with training from conception through to delivery. This is achieved by working closely with experts by experience.Although I have worked within field of autism for 20+ years I remain enthusiastic and ready to undertake new challenges.

Training & Qualifications Officer DTLLS; RSA Dip; MCMI; MSET

  • 20+ years’ experience of working with young people and adults with learning disabilities.
  • DTLLS teaching degree.
  • RSA Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia).
  • Member of the Society for Education & Training.

I am passionate about people and social inclusion and ambitious for people with a diagnosis of Autism. Special interests include all aspects of autism and learning disabilities and facilitating and supporting the development of staff. I enjoy enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities to learning and development and to meet national care and supporting people standards.

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