Education, Training & Consultancy
Clare Truman has been teaching for eleven years and specialising in autism for eight and has taught in both mainstream and special schools including an autism specific school. In January 2017, she established Spectrum Space Community Interest Company, a social enterprise and alternative education provision based in Surrey which specialised in supporting children with PDA whose anxiety made it difficult for them to attend school. Now, Clare provides training and consultancy to schools, colleges and families, advising them on the support needs of autistic young people with a particular focus on those with a demand avoidant profile. In her spare time, Clare is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at UCL London exploring the educational experiences of children and young people with PDA. She is also big sister to an autistic young man.
Through Spectrum Space, Clare offers training and consultancy to schools, colleges and families to support them in engaging children and young people with PDA in education. Home learning packages for children and young people with PDA are also provided.
Clare supports providers who are interested in setting up their own Spectrum Space centre.
PDA In The Classroom: Following The Child’s Lead