Meet the team

The children's neurodevelopmental service is a dynamic, multidisciplinary team. To learn more about our team members please click on the following headings.

Leadership Team

Leadership Team and their bios

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Gemma Cartwright 
Consultant Occupational Therapist, System Clinical Lead for Neurodiversity (Coventry & Warwickshire), NHS England Regional Clinical Director for Autism

I am an Occupational Therapist by training, OT for short.

My main role is a ‘System Clinical Lead for Neurodiversity’. This means that I work with ‘experts by experience’ (Neurodivergent people and their families), commissioners (people who decide where the money goes) and other services such as education, employment, housing, social care, charities and voluntary organisations to help improve services for neurodivergent individuals of all ages.

When I’m not at work I am either dancing Salsa or at the gym.


You may have contact with me at different workshops and events across Coventry and Warwickshire, please say hello if you do.

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Jo Ranger
Interim Service Manager
Social Worker

Hi! My name is Jo and I am trained as a Social Worker. I’m currently the Interim Service Manager for all of the Neurodevelopmental Teams. I am really passionate about working with the neurodiverse population and have neurodivergent family members myself.

When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family and friends, go for walks and watch movies with my children.


You might have contact with me:

  • If you have any specific questions or concerns about the service
  •  At different workshops and events across Coventry and Warwickshire, please say hello if you see me!

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Janki Meghani
Children’s School Age Team Lead
Speech and Language Therapist

I am a specialist Speech and Language Therapist, and I am passionate about working with children and young people who have Autism. I can use my speech and language skills to do autism assessments, and I can also support their families through their journey with the Neurodevelopmental Service.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my children and my family. We enjoy going to theme parks, swimming and watching films.

 

You might have contact with me:

  • If you have any specific questions or concerns about the service
  • If your child is attending clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment

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Rupinder Kejriwal
Children’s School Age Team Lead (Interim)

You can call me Rups. I’m one of the team leads in the school age (children’s) neurodevelopmental service. I have lots of experience of working with children, young people and their families. I like to help people in making sure they feel heard, and I really like to solve problems. I have a special interest in ADHD and am curious to hear about experiences of living with ADHD. 

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, swimming and learning new facts about space!

 

You might have contact with me:

  • On the telephone if you have queries about the team or processes
  • If you have an appointment with the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) clinic

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Ceri-Anne Whisker
Children’s Preschool Age
Team Lead
Speech and Language Therapist

I am a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. I have worked with children with a range of communication difficulties, more recently specialising in autism. I have a special interest in working with pre-school children. I really enjoy helping them and their families to understand each other and to improve their communication.


You might have contact with me

  • At home or in a nursery/school if you have a pre-school child whose language is developing well but they are having some challenges with interacting with others
  • If your child is attending clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment

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Elizabeth Shea
 Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead

I am the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for the all-age (children, young people and adults) Neurodevelopmental Service in Coventry and Warwickshire. My job is not only to work with neurodivergent people and their families but also to support the work of all our staff. This means making sure all our services meet national guidance, that services are based on the best research and clinical practice and that we develop innovative ways of supporting neurodivergent people.

I’m also very interested in restrictive and avoidant eating (ARFID) and how this impacts neurodivergent people and I teach and write on this subject across the UK.

When I’m not at work I like hill walking, archaeology and bird watching.


You might have a contact with me:

  • During an assessment
  • On the telephone
  • Via email

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Yve Griffin
Principal Clinical Psychologist – School age

My name is Yve and I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist in the School age Neurodevelopmental team. This means that as well as completing neurodevelopmental assessments I also support the rest of the team with their assessments. I also support people in other teams in their understanding of neurodiversity. You may have contact with me if I am asked to complete an assessment with you.

Outside of my working life I enjoy being outside and love walking and being in the garden, especially on a sunny day. I also love cooking and reading.

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Jayne Harris-Waller
Principal Clinical Psychologist – Pre-school age

I am the Principal Clinical Psychologist for pre-school aged children within the Neurodevelopmental Service in Coventry and Warwickshire.  I enjoy getting to know young children, to help those who look after them to understand and support them.  I also spend time with my colleagues helping to improve our ways of working with preschool children and their families.

When I am not working, I love being outdoors with my children.  We have a cat, and we foster poorly hedgehogs.


You might have a contact with me:

  • During an assessment
  • On the telephone
  • Via email

Assessment Team

Assessment Team and their bios

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Abdirahim Mohamed
Clinical Psychologist

 

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Amaneh Margaret Alkilani-Brown
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician

Hello there! My Name is Amaneh Margaret Alkilani-Brown. I am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse. I’ve worked within numerous roles in my 36 years working within Learning disability and Neurodevelopment. I have managed residential units and group homes, worked within education for many years ( I’m also post 14 teacher trained) and am currently a diagnostic clinician within the Coventry and Warwickshire Neurodevelopmental Service.

I work with families, schools and young people assessing for Autism Spectrum Disorder. I specifically interview parents/carers and record and observe young people as part of the assessment process.

I love to read, history, science fiction, fantasy (a proper geek!) and anything about gardening! I am a keen gardener and have a large garden and vegetable plot.

You may have contact with me during your assessment, I look forward to working with you and will support you throughout your assessment process.

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Ashley Gordon
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician
Speech and Language Therapist

Hello, my name is Ashley. I am a speech and language therapist and a Specialist Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Clinician in the school age children’s Team.

My role involves meeting families and assessing children and young people for ASD and screening them for ADHD.

In my spare time, I love to be outside or spending time with my family. I also like to bake.

 

You might have a contact with me:

  • When you have your assessment (online or face to face)
  • On the phone
  • In an email

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Bhawna Sharma
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician
Occupational Therapist

 

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Corran Moore
Clinical Psychologist

Hi, I’m Corran, I’m a Clinical Psychologist who works in both the school age and adult neurodevelopmental teams doing Autism and ADHD assessments. I enjoy working with people of all ages and their families and helping to support them through the assessment process. I have worked in a few areas of psychology but have a particular interest in neuropsychology and how people’s brains develop and change over time.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, paddleboarding and generally spending time outdoors. I love animals and offer free pet-sitting services to all my friends and family. I’m always very happy to meet any of your pets during online assessments.

 

You might have a contact with me: 

  • During an assessment (online or in person)
  • On the phone
  • Via email

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Emily Allen
Speech and Language Therapist

I work in the team with children from pre-school up to 17 years old. I use my speech and language therapy skills to do autism and ADHD assessments. I really like working with children and their families, getting to know them and seeing how I can help.

I love to spend time with my family and bake lots of yummy things to eat. I also like being in the outdoors and watching films.

 

You might have contact with me:

  • When you have your ASD assessment (on-line or face to face).
  • On the phone or in an email.
  • If your child is coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment.

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Farah Manji
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician
Speech and Language Therapist

I work with young people aged 4 to 17 years old. I use my speech and language therapy skills to do Autism and ADHD assessments. I enjoy working with children and their families; understanding and seeing how I can help them on their journey.

I love to spend time with my friends and family, exploring new places with my dog, baking and hosting!

 

You might have contact with me

  • When you have your Autism assessment
  • On the phone or in an email.
  • If your child is coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment.

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Felicity Larson
Senior Clinical Psychologist

I’m a clinical psychologist and I work in the School Age and Adult Neurodevelopmental teams doing autism and ADHD assessments. I’ve worked in lots of different areas of psychology and I have a keen interest in how the human brain works, particularly how it develops and changes over time.

I have a pet parrot and a pet cat that I adore – I love seeing your animals when we do video assessments; please show them to me as it will make my day! I’m originally from America but fully settled in the UK for many years now – you might still hear my accent.

 

You might have contact with me

  • When you have your assessment (on-line or face to face)
  • On the phone
  • In an email

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Jade Flynn

Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician 
Registered Nurse LD

Hello!

My name is Jade Flynn and I am a Specialist Neurodevelopment Clinician and a registered Learning Disability Nurse. I have supported Autistic people within varying roles working in inpatient, urgent care and community settings for around 12 years, I currently work in the school age diagnostic service. I complete autism assessments for children aged 4-17 and also screen for ADHD. I have a background of supporting young people who may also be experiencing mental illness, behaviours of distress and have also worked with young people moving through the criminal justice pathway. I have a young autistic child with high needs and significant sensory differences so have personal experience of what this feels like as a parent moving through the assessment process and accessing support.  I am incredibly passionate about working with neurodivergent young people and their families and hope to always provide a safe, person centred and supportive space for people during my time working with them.

 

You might have contact with me:

  • During an ASD assessment (either online or face to face)
  • On the phone or via email
  • If your child is coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment

When I am not at work I like:

  • Going out to parks with my children
  • Watching movies and TV shows
  • Going out for dinner with friends
  • My topics of interest are Ancient History, Film and Musicals!

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Laura Marley
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician

Hi! My name is Laura Marley and I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse by background. I have been fortunate to experience working across a variety of settings within CWPT over the last 16 years. Currently I am working as a Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician for school age children. I am involved in assessing young people for ASD and screening for ADHD. I am passionate about working with young people and their families who are Neurodivergent and I feel this is due to having family members who are also Neurodivergent.

When I am not at work I like spending time with my son and seeing friends and family.

 

You might have contact with me

  • During an ASD assessment (either online or face to face)
  • On the phone or via email
  • If your child is coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment

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Dr Lisa Galsworthy-Francis
Senior Clinical Psychologist

I work across the school age and preschool children’s Neurodevelopmental Service. I have worked within the field of autism for some years now and more broadly with children & families for even longer, it’s just where I want to be!

When I’m not at work I like all kinds of music and films, getting outdoors with my kids/dog/friends, doing Tai Chi, making (and eating) cakes.

 

You might have a contact with me:

  • During an assessment (virtual or face to face)
  • On the telephone
  • Via email

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Olivia Lashford
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician

I work in the team with children from pre-school up to 17 years old. I am a trained speech and language therapist and now use my skills to do autism and ADHD assessments. I am passionate about the Neurodiverse population and really enjoy meeting young people and their families, listening to their needs and helping them in any way I can.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, go on holiday in Devon and cook (and eat) delicious food!

 

You might have contact with me:

  • When you have your ASD assessment (on-line or face to face).
  • On the phone or in an email.
  • If your child is coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment.

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Penny Thompson
Speech and Language Therapist

I work in the team with children from pre-school age up to 17 years old. I use my speech and language therapy skills to do autism assessments. I really like working with all ages and my specific area of interest within my work is girls and young women with autism.

In my spare time, I love to be out in my garden. I also like to swim, sew and sing!

 

You might have contact with me:

  • When you have your assessment (on line or face to face)
  • On the phone
  • In an email

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Poli Begum
Senior Chartered Psychologist

I am Poli Begum and I’m one of the Counselling Psychologists. I am passionate about getting to understand how early childhood experience and environmental factors influence our lives. I may ask you lots of questions about things that you did in your childhood and about the people who are important to you now. I like understanding what makes people happy and what doesn't. I have worked with the neurodevelopment team for a very long time because I enjoy working with and meeting neurodiverse people.

When I'm not at work, I get involved with helping children in the UK and abroad. I love travelling to spiritual places and getting to know about people from different parts of the world. When I’m abroad, I like diving for hours in the warm seas as I am fascinated by creatures in the ocean and coral life.

You might meet with me if you are coming for an autism assessment.

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Shaheen Bhayat
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician

Hello! My name is Shaheen.  I am a Social Worker and a Specialist Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Clinician in the school age children’s Team.

My role involves meeting families and assessing children and young people for ASD and screening them for ADHD.

I enjoy travelling, eating out, keeping fit, and spending time with my family and friends.

 

You might have contact with me:

  • When you have your ASD assessment (on-line or face to face).
  • On the phone.
  • If you're coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment.

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Shaheen (Shy) Ratansi
Specialist Neurodevelopmental Clinician

Hello! My Name is Shy Ratansi. I am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD*). I work with young people aged 4 to 17 years old. I have been fortunate to learn and apply my learning disability and various nursing/ therapy skills within my profession.

My role involves working closely with young people and families/carers, in completing and assessing them for ASD and ADHD.

I love to spend time with my family & friends, exploring and visiting Zoo’s (a little fun fact, I had a monkey as a pet when I was little).

 

You might have contact with me

  • When you have your assessment
  • On the phone
  • If your child is coming to clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment.

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Suzanne Smith
Clinical Psychologist

I am Dr Suzanne Smith and I’m one of the Clinical Psychologists, I am very passionate about neurodiversity and am neurodivergent myself as are several of my family.

I love a good Netflix binge, especially crime documentaries and thrillers. I also love music, reading horror and thriller novels and gardening.  I have a longstanding fascination with sharks and reptiles in general, but my favourite animal is a Giraffe.

You might meet with me if you are coming for an autism assessment.

Wider Clinical Team

Wider Clinical Team and their bios

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Amy Beveridge
Assistant Psychologist

Hello, I’m Amy. I work as an Assistant Psychologist in the Children’s School Age Neurodevelopmental team. I work closely with our Partner organisations to support young people who are waiting for an Autism assessment. I also triage new referrals, process assessment reports and support with parent queries.

Outside of work I enjoy running and am currently training for my first ever marathon! I love watching live music and regularly go to concerts and festivals with friends and family. I’m also passionate about travelling and enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people.

 

You might have a contact with me

  • During assessment sessions
  • On the phone
  • Via email

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Becky Fraser
Speech and Language Therapist

I work for the Coventry pre-school and school-age teams as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. I have experience working with children with a range of communication difficulties, more recently specialising in Autism and ADHD assessments.

When I’m not in work, I enjoy walking my dog and spending time with family & friends.


You might have contact with me:

  • Via telephone during a duty call
  • At home or in a nursery/school during an observation
  • If your child is attending clinic for an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment
  • During an Autism or ADHD assessment (on a video call or face to face)

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Claire Fenton
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner
Specialist Nursery Nurse

I work as a Specialist Nursery Nurse/Neurodevelopmental Practitioner. I work across the School age and Pre-school Children’s Neurodevelopmental Service. I have worked within the Neurodevelopmental Service for many years, supporting families during the assessment process, offering pre-assessment and post diagnostic support. I have a particular interest working in the field of Autism.

When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, walking my dog, and baking cakes.


You might have contact with me

  • At home, in nursery or school during an observation
  • During intervention sessions
  • On the telephone & by email

 

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Melissa Rai
Assistant Psychologist

 

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Nichola Smith
Neurodevelopmental Occupational Therapist

I am a Neurodevelopmental Occupational Therapist in the children’s school age Neurodevelopmental Service based in Coventry. I have experience of working with adults, young people and children with neurodiverse conditions. I have completed postgraduate training in sensory integration. I undertake OT assessments, write reports, set goals, plan and deliver OT intervention. I work within the clinic setting, in schools and visit people at home.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my 2 children and family.  I also like to be active - running, cycling, swimming and playing netball with my friends.

 

You might have contact with me:

  •  During telephone calls
  • Via Email
  • During face-to-face assessments and interventions

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Rochelle Morrison
Assistant Psychologist

I am an Assistant Psychologist and I work in the School Age Neurodevelopmental team. I have worked in lots of different areas of mental health, but I especially enjoy supporting children and young people. I triage referrals and support with autism and ADHD assessments.

In my spare time I love to bake, read, sing, create art, and experiment with different hairstyles!


You might have contact with me

  • When you have your assessment (on-line or face to face)
  • During a school observation
  • On the phone
  • In an email

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Sobia Ikhlaq
Assistant Psychologist

 

 

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Zoe Maxwell
Assistant Psychologist

 

Clinical Support Team

Clinical Support Team and their bios

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Barbara Collins
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

My name is Barbara. I work in the Neurodevelopmental Service as a Neurodevelopmental Practitioner. I speak to parents of young people who might have a question about Autism or ADHD. I used to work in the Community Autism Support Service with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind where I supported young people one to one with things like autism awareness and anxiety management. Before that I used to work in a different NHS service where I did something similar but for adults.

I have a dog called Boo and one of my favourite things to do is take him to the park to play. I like photography. I speak Norwegian and was once an extra on a tv soap.


You might have a contact with me.

  • Via telephone call
  • Home visit
  • Email

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Elaine Chamberlain
Clinical Co-Ordinator
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

I work as a Clinical Co-ordinator and Neurodevelopmental Practitioner for the Warwickshire Preschool Autism Service (WPAS).  I have worked within the field of Autism for over 20 years. I have a degree in Children, Families and Community Health.

I support the WPAS Neurodevelopmental Practitioners and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessments.  I also work with colleagues to develop and deliver pre/post assessment support for our preschool families.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watercolour painting and listening to music.


You may have contact with me

  • On the telephone or via email
  • During and/or after your child’s assessment

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Emily Schmitt
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

 

 

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Emma Green
Occupational Therapy Assistant

I work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the Children’s school age Neurodevelopmental Service in Coventry. I have 7 years experience working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In my role I organise and carry out treatment sessions to support children and young people with goals that have been set following an assessment completed by one of our Occupational Therapists.

When I’m not in work I like to spend time with my family and friends and also attend dancing lessons, tap is my favourite subject.

 

You might have contact with me

  • During treatment sessions
  • Via telephone
  • Via email

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Fouzia Manzoor
Clinical Coordinator

Hi, I am Fouzia and I work as a Clinical Coordinator in the children’s school age Neurodevelopmental service. I have a post graduate degree in Psychology and experience of working with children and young people with neurodiverse conditions, in both education and clinic settings within the UK and abroad. Currently, I manage and maintain service social media platforms and I coordinate with the team in clinical work.


When I am not at work I like to learn new things and always love to connect with my friends & family to create some beautiful memories!

 

You might have a contact with me

  • On telephone
  • via email

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Kulbinder Kaur
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

 

 

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Kate Ferron
Patient Flow Co Ordinator

 

 

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Rachel Ayres
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

I’m a Neurodevelopmental Practitioner.  I work across both Coventry Preschool and Warwickshire Preschool Neurodevelopmental Service.  I help support families during the assessment process, offering advice and signposting.  I have worked for many years in different roles supporting children and families especially in the field of Autism.

I enjoy spending time with my family, going on holiday and a night out at the theatre.


You might have contact with me

  • On the phone
  • During a home visit, nursery or school observation
  • By email

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Samantha Hill
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner
Occupational Therapy Assistant

I work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the Children’s school age Neurodevelopmental Service in Coventry. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and am currently at the University of Warwick studying for a Degree in Early Childhood. I have experience of working with children with neurodiverse conditions in Nurseries, Schools and Clinic settings. I help plan, organise and carry out interventions for children to support with goals that have been identified following an assessment by an Occupational Therapist. I also work in the pre-school team as a Neurodevelopmental Practitioner to signpost and support pre and post ASD diagnosis, to make home/nursery visit observations to support your child’s referral and check they are on the correct pathway.

My interests are ice skating, singing and spending time with my family and friends. 
 

You might have contact with me

  • During intervention sessions
  • Telephone calls
  • Via email

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Sharon Paish
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

I am a Neurodevelopmental Practitioner for the Warwickshire Preschool Autism Service  (WPAS). I have worked with children for over 31 years, and within the field of Autism for over 17 years, I have a degree in Early Years.

In my role I help and support families during the Pre/Post Assessment for our Preschool families.

I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, playing and having fun with my grandchildren, gardening, music and going to the theatre.

 

You may have contact with me

  • On the Telephone
  • During a Home/Nursery/School Observation
  • By Email

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Tiff Coles
Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

I work for the Coventry preschool team as a neurodevelopmental practitioner. My role is to signpost support pre and post ASD diagnosis, to make home/nursery visit observations to support your child’s referral and check they are on the correct pathway. Prior to joining RISE I was a teacher for over 10 years based in the Early Years , my qualifications include QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) and a BSc Psychology degree.

My hobbies include crafting, enjoying walks with my two dogs, reading and spending time with friends and family.


You might have contact with me

  • Via telephone call
  • Home visit
  • Email

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