Sue is a Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist who is a Consultant at the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism (part of the National Autistic Society), where she has worked for the last 23 years. Her role there includes clinical diagnosis and assessment of children, young people and adults with complex presentations. She is a core member of the DISCO diagnostic training team and has also developed a dimensional assessment framework for applied psychologists. Sue is also employed part time by Real Group where she continues to work regularly in schools as part of the Real Psychology team and ensures close collaboration with parents. She currently works in a local secondary school on a weekly basis assessing students, collaborating with school staff and offering individual interventions. She is an experienced tutor on the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) offered by Real Training and, in addition, she has designed and leads 2 ASD specific M.Ed. modules. Sue has been a specialist ASD advisor/EP for a number of London boroughs for over 30 years and previously worked as a specialist teacher. Over the years Sue has been embedded in various multi-agency ASD diagnostic teams and has worked in collaboration with CAMHs. Sue has been instrumental in setting up provision for children and young people with ASD across early years, primary and secondary settings and has an eclectic career portfolio covering lecturing, training, research, consultancy, diagnosis and assessment and interventions. She is a specialist speaker in autism for EPs in training at University College London and has worked in collaboration with other universities. Her doctoral research focused on autism outreach services. Sue’s current interests include girls and women with autism and the impact of anxiety and overlapping mental health issues. She is a strong advocate of the insider perspective and promotes the narrative style of interview to collate a rich developmental history from the family.

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