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I AM Helen


Helen Jaques M Ed (Autism), B Phil (Autism), Cert Ed

Training Manager

Helen currently delivers most of our training; her career has spanned 21 years in a range of educational and community settings supporting people on with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and with associated disorders from ages 3 – 45 years. Throughout this time she has enjoyed a range of roles associated with the condition. She completed her Bachelor’s degree (B Phil) in Autism in 2011 and her Master’s Degree (M Ed) in Autism in 2014 and is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training.


She spent seven years as ASD Co-ordinator at Stockton Riverside College where she gaining a teaching qualification. Her duties included interviewing learners with ASD for support; suggesting appropriate classroom strategies; working 1:1 and with small groups of learners on their specific needs.


Her early career was spent as a Teaching Assistant working with children with ASD including: a mainstream primary working 1:1; at a unit at a mainstream school and a special school with an autistic unit.


She is also the parent of a young adult with ASD, so has the ability to be able to see the difficulties ASD presents from both the professionals’ and parent/carers’ perspective.


As 40% of people who have ASD also have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), from September 2013 MAIN began delivering courses in ADHD in their training schedule. Helen is 1 of just 20 people qualified in the UK who can offer the NOCN accredited courses in ADHD.


Her training is lively, fun and interactive. Whenever possible people who have been diagnosed with the condition are invited to guest speak to provide their own perspective of the condition.