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Interview with Sarah Hendrickx

Sarah Hendrickx is an independent autism trainer, consultant and coach. Having delivered over 800 training workshops to professionals and conference talks worldwide, she has also developed an employment skills programme which she delivers to students with autism in further education colleges.

Sarah has a diagnosis of Aspergers, an MA in autism and has written six books on Aspergers syndrome and related conditions covering employment, sex and relationships, alcoholism, women and girls on the autism spectrum and the adult neuro-diversity spectrum.

Sarah kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Behaviour Conference in Birmingham this year. We asked Sarah a series of questions including a question posed by a Network Autism member. You can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below:

Individual question clips:

1. Can you tell us a little about your work and interest in autism?

2. What would you say are the main reasons why a child may present challenging behaviour within the school setting?

3. What can teachers and support staff do to help children whose behaviour may challenge?

4. How do you think the SEND reforms will effect support for children with autism who may display challenging behaviour?

Question from Network Autism member

1. Is it valid to use a strategy to positively improve behaviour of a student knowing that, in the process of attaining the goal set, staff are likely to encounter, initially, more challenging behaviour?

Sarah also took part in one of our free education webchats, you can review the webchat here

Author: Sarah Hendrickx

Date added: 27 November 2014