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Cheryl Deneen
Expertise
autism
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Biography

AUTISM – Cheryl Deneen (MA Autism) First Class BA Hons Education (Special Educational
Needs)
Cheryl has worked in the field of autism for 24 years, including 8 years working as a
speech and language therapy assistant for Gwent Health Care Trust and for the last
12 years as an Autism Support Officer and co-lead for implementation of the
ASD Strategic Action Plan for Wales.
She is a licensed trainer of the National Autistic Society’s EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus
and Healthy Minds; Barnado’s Cygnet Parent/Carers Support Programme, Sibling
Support, Puberty and Sexual Wellbeing; Helen Sanderson’s Person Centred
Thinking trainer; trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-Handicapped
Children).
She continues to work with parents, allied professionals and children in pre-school
settings, primary and secondary school. Working in a person centred way bespoke
support is given pre and post diagnosis, when undergoing transition, understanding
and managing behaviour, managing anxiety, sensory processing differences, social
skills, understanding autism and more.
Throughout her career Cheryl has delivered training to the University of Wales,
social care and Third Sector organisations in the UK. Internationally she has
delivered training through European funding to staff at a children’s home in Bulgaria
and for a local charity working with the Ministry of Education in Belarus training staff
in children’s homes, and professionals within social care, health and education.
Empowering parents and professionals with knowledge of autism and practical ideas
and strategies has always been an integral part of Cheryl’s day to day practice.