My name is Bernadette Louise. I am a SEND Professional, by academia and by experience.
I am a Parent of two children with Additional Needs ( Autism, PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder). I am on the Autism Spectrum myself. I previously muddled through life as a misdiagnosis, and now am in a place where I can help others through my work.
Until the children came along I was an increasingly successful Multidisciplinary Artist. This has taken a back seat, although i have made work about our Autism journey in the 2017 ‘Accused an Autism Mother’ performance and exhibition. I am now concentrating on a Psychology Masters with the intention of moving towards a creative research psychology PhD around the subject of Fabricated and Induced Illness.
Presently, I am proud to represent other Parent Carers in my role as a Parent Carer Rep and consult on a variety of issues in my Local Area of Worcestershire and beyond (including working in coproduction with the LA, CCG, WCF, NHS).
I am the independent Chair of the Worcestershire Autism Partnership Board, I am a steering group member for Families in Partnership Parent Carer Forum, and am a co-opted board member of Healthwatch Worcestershire. I am also a Postgraduate Research Student at the university of Gloucestershire, studying parent blaming, fii and autism.
This website ‘BreakfastTree’ is named after a big part of our Autism Journey, and as such it is my SEND page. (Anyone’s kids watch Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom?)
For my other work, I hold other sites. I have a fiery tongue and write an honest, sometimes brutal account of parenting, partnering and being on the Autism Spectrum with Pathological Demand Avoidance (but this is elsewhere).
Please feel free to contact me for conversations about research and training.Follow me
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