I’m Helen Clarke, founder of ‘Helen Clarke Autism’ an autism consultancy that provides autism training to schools and organisations from the perspective of being autistic. I am also the founder of ‘Spectacular Girls™ Well-being Workshops’, am a speaker (able to talk about autism and tailor the content to the needs of your organisation) and regularly write for a range of autism related publications.

In addition to twenty years’ experience in teaching autistic children in both mainstream and specialist settings I have numerous qualifications including a Master’s Degree in Education (SEN and Inclusion), a PGCE, a BA in Illustration and the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

I have compiled curriculum documents (including a ‘Community and Life Skills Curriculum for Autistic Children’) and have also been responsible for writing policy documents to ensure inclusion. I was also the lead teacher for the successful re-accreditation of a special school by The National Autistic Society.

I am particularly passionate about supporting autistic girls achieve good health and reach their academic potential by equipping schools and organisations with the training they require to enable girls and young women to thrive. We know that autistic children are at risk of exploitation, fraud and abuse. I therefore deliver safeguarding training to schools, businesses and other organisations.

Most recently I have been a speaker at The NAS Women and Girls conference highlighting many of the issues autistic girls face and offering solutions to address these issues.

You can find out more about me here –The National Autistic Society’s Women and Girls Conference. The NAS presentation ‘Supporting autistic girls in schools’ by Helen Clarke can be accessed here.