This course will be delivered by trainers who are experienced and knowledgeable in
the field of autism with over 30 years of experience.
The course will cover the following learning outcomes:
- gain an increased understanding of autism spectrum disorder and the
challenges facing pre-school children undergoing transition within Early Years
and throughout Primary School
- to be able to write a focused and practical enhanced transition plan to
support the pupil across year groups, between phases and particularly those
transferring from another school setting
- to be able to use person centred thinking tools to capture vital information
that will support the transition
- to be well placed to meet statutory requirements following ALN
Transformation in line with the ALN Act
Course Presenters: Cheryl Deneen, Gemma Bussy
AUTISM - Cheryl Deneen (MA Autism) First Class BA Hons Education (Special Educational
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
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.
AUTISM Gemma Bussy B Ed Hons (Primary)
Gemma has worked with children with autism for over 15 years. She is currently the Head of Primary
and Secondary Autism Special Needs Resource Bases. Gemma also works alongside Cheryl Deneen in
providing advice and support for pupils, parents and primary and Secondary schools.
Gemma has devised and delivered a range of training for school staff and parents with a view to
providing a range of effective and practical strategies for the support of pupils with autism. She is a
licenced trainer of the National Autistic Society’s Early bird Plus and Healthy mind programmes.
Gemma is trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Helen Sanderson’s Person
Centred Thinking and TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-
Handicapped Children). In addition, she has mentored Creative Therapeutic Arts students studying
at University Wales Newport and has led a variety of workshops at the university to develop
student’s knowledge and understanding of Autism across the primary and secondary phases.
Gemma is passionate in supporting both parents and professionals in developing knowledge and
successful strategies in order to provide the best possible support and experiences for individuals on
the Autism Spectrum.