I have twin girls, one of which was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 14. Prior to that our daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder, which in our view was her way of dealing with the anxiety of her undiagnosed autism.
I started my career in Human Resources, and at the point I commenced my maternity leave I was a Deputy Director in HR in the NHS. Like many people, after children, I started to look at what I was doing and decided that I wanted to do something that fitted better with my family, so retrained as a teacher.
I discovered Alis and her work four years ago and I have found the whole approach to be amazingly refreshing! The training, books and social media posts have been a fantastic support to me and my family as we learn to understand the diagnosis and how it presents itself in my daughter.
I have had the privilege of working with Alis longer than any other team member and have enjoyed helping Alis to build and manage the team of trainers that we have, across the UK. I have enjoyed speaking with Alis at NAS conferences and being interviewed with her on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. During my time at Curly Hair Project, we have developed the range of training offered, now have numerous corporate clients and have also introduced webinars.
I am thrilled to be able to work with Alis in the Midlands area, and throughout the UK, as needs require it. I believe that the work that we offer is unique; written by an autistic adult, delivered by a parent of an autistic child, we provide real lived experience. For parents and professionals alike, this gives great insight.
On a personal note, aside from my twin girls, I also have 3 dogs and two tortoises! So, looking after pets, walking the dogs and reading specifically a range of ASD material, crime thrillers as well as mental health topics, fill my time well!!
What people say about Sam
“Sam, you are one of the most incredible inspiring welcoming people I know. I would go to every one of your talks if I could.”