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Health  and  Social  care  Training   For  :    support  workers,  LD  &  mental   health  service  providers,  social  workers,   'W͛Ɛ͕ĂŶĚĂĚŵŝŶƐƚĂĨĨ  


CV   Publications  

   

dŚĞ/ŶĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶƚǁŽŵĂŶ͛ƐŚĂŶĚŬĨŽƌƐƵƉĞƌƐĂĨĞůŝǀŝŶŐŽŶƚŚĞĂƵƚŝƐƚŝĐƐƉĞĐƚƌƵŵ   Jessica  Kinsley  Publishers  September  2013  

   

Selection  of  Training  and  speaking  Experience  2005  -­‐  present  

   

Co  Chair  Woman  and  Girls  Autism  Conference  October  2012  NAS  (  National  Autistic  Society)   Co  Chair  NAS  Professionals  Conference  March  2012   Centre  for  students  with  Autism  Spectrum  Disorders  Norwich  City  College   House  of  Commons  Launch  of  Autism  Bill   London  Borough  of  Wandsworth  Adult  Social  Services  Multi  Agency  Partnership  Training   UCLA  (University  of  California  Los  Angeles)   Nottingham  Community  Housing  Association   ISA  (  Independent  Schools  Association)   ISC  (  Independent    Schools  Council)  SEN  Conference   Brookdale  Care   NHS  Herefordshire  Mental  Health  Trust  and  NHS  North  East  London  Mental  Health   Partnership   Annual  tour  to  USA  2008  to  date   Australia  Tour  2010  with  Dr  Wendy  Lawson.  

Groups,  boards  and  other  positions  held  

   

National  Autistic  Society  E  learning  project  Advisory  board  member   Wandsworth  Autism  action  plan  steering  group  member   Wandsworth  Adult  Social  Services  Learning  and  Development  Consultation  Group   Wandsworth  Adult  Social  Services  Learning  and  Development  Evaluation  Group   Sub  Select  Committee  Psychology  Doctorate  University  of  East  Anglia   PASsA  Trial  Steering  Group  University  of  East  Anglia   Associate  member  Sensory  Integration    Network   Mentor  and  consultant  for  people  on  the  autistic  spectrum  ,  families  2007ʹ  present  

Tel:07956511903  E:  robyn@robynsteward.com  W:  www.robynsteward.com  


CV   Media  Profile     A  selection  of  media  appearances  2008-­‐  present   BBC  World  Service    -­‐  World  have  your  say   Channel  4  News  (may  2008    and  March  2012)   BBC  Radio  4    Philosophers  Arms   BBC  Radio  4  Broadcasting  House   ZĂĚŝŽϰtŽŵĂŶ͛Ɛ,ŽƵƌ   BBC  World  Service  News  hour   BBC    Television  BBC  1  Breakfast   ITV    Daybreak   CNN   Community  Care  magazine   Sunday  Times   The  Guardian   Written  for  SEN  magazine  contributed  for  about.com      

Awards  

 

Short  listed  for  RADAR  Human  Rights  Awards  2008   Charlie  Bayne  Travel  Trust  Award  2008  

Art  Award  as  part  of  the  Bad  Art  Studio  at  the  Vintage  Festival  2011  

Recent  Education  

 

Regularly  attends  conferences  to  further  learning   and  knowledge   Attends  monthly  121  supervision  sessions   Mentoring  Training  Family  Action  2011   Mental  Health  First  Aid  certificate  2011   Introduction  to  Counseling  Certificate  City  Lit  (  Lon-­‐ don)  2008   Mentoring  training  Anglia  Ruskin  University  2007  


Personal  Bio   My  work  is  much  more  about  the  many  different  experiences  of  autism  individuals  have,  the  many   different  strategies  which  work  for  some  and  not  all,  the  theories  around  autism,  and  the  experi-­‐ ences  I  have  had  as  a  professional,  than  just  about  me.  However,  many  people  want  to  hear  about   my  experiences.  These  will  be  featured  in  a  forthcoming  book.  In  the  meantime,  this  short  bio  tells   you  a  bit  about  me  personally.   Robyn  started  life  small,    but  made  sure  her  life  achievements  were  big.  Robyn  was  born   3  months  premature  and  spent  her  first  10  weeks  in  a  critical  condition  in  a  hospital  spe-­‐ cial  care  baby  unit  (where  her  christening  took  place).   Then  she  went  home  to  Suffolk  to  grow  up  in  the   English  countryside  with  her  Mum  and  Dad.   ZŽďLJŶ॓ƐƉĂƌĞŶƚƐŶŽƚŝĐĞĚƋƵŝĐŬůLJƚŚĂƚƐŚĞǁĂƐŽŶ the  spectrum.  Her  Mum  started  making  sure   Robyn  did  not  retreat  into  her  own  world,  using  a   mutual  interest  in  music  which  was  the  key  and   ƐƚŝůůŝƐƚŽZŽďLJŶ͛ƐƐƵĐĐĞƐƐ͘   Robyn  learnt  to  talk  late  and  even  then  she  did   not  use  it  to  communicate,  but  in  echolalia  and   playing  with  sounds.  But  music  accompanied   Robyn,  with  her  blooming  vocabulary  to  school  ,  through  bullying  and  through  hard  times   ĂƚƐĐŚŽŽůǁŚĞƌĞƉĞŽƉůĞĚŝĚŶ͛ƚƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚŚĞƌĂŶĚƐŚĞĚŝĚŶ͛ƚƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚƚŚĞŵ͕ůĞĂĚŝŶŐ to  mishaps  on  both  parts.   Later,  as  well  as  autism,  Robyn  was  diagnosed  with  10  Disabilities.  Her  parents  did  not   ƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĂƵƚŝƐŵƐƉĞĐŝĨŝĐƐƵƉƉŽƌƚ͘ZŽďLJŶ॓ƐĚŝĂŐŶŽƐŝƐŽĨƐƉĞƌŐĞƌ॓ƐĐĂŵĞĂƚƚŚĞĂŐĞŽĨϭϭ͕ ďƵƚƚŚĞƐĐŚŽŽůĚŝĚŶ͛ƚƌĞĂůůLJŬŶŽǁǁŚĂƚƚŽĚŽ͘ZŽďLJŶǁĂƐƌĂƚŚĞƌĂĚǀĞƌƐĞƚŽůĞĂƌŶŝŶŐƐŽĐŝĂů skills  formally  at  first,  as  she  did  not  understand  that  who  she  was  would  not  change  by   learning  skills.

,ŝŐŚ^ĐŚŽŽůƐ͛ƉƌŽŵŝŶĞŶƚĨĞĂƚƵƌĞǁĂƐďĞŝŶŐďƵůůŝĞĚ͕ƐƵĐŚĂƐůŽĐŬŝŶŐŝŶƚŽŝůĞƚƐ͕ names  like    ƐƉĂƐƚŝĐ͕ĂŶĚƚĞĂĐŚĞƌƐǁŚŽĐŽƵůĚŶ͛ƚƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚǁŚLJƐŚĞƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞĚ with  some  things  and  not  others.   tŚĂƚŚĞůƉĞĚZŽďLJŶƚŚƌŽƵŐŚǁĂƐŚĞƌƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͛ƚŝŵĞ͕ĚĞĚŝĐĂƚŝŽŶĂŶĚůŽǀĞ͕ĂďĂŶĚĐĂůůĞĚ Pink  Floyd,  a  few  good  teachers  and  a  bunch  of  experiences.  After  being  kicked  out  of   school  with  no  GCSEs,  Robyn  went  to  college  and  learnt  about  autism  and  started  teach-­‐ ŝŶŐŽƚŚĞƌƐ͘&ƵƌƚŚĞƌĞĚƵĐĂƚŝŽŶǁĂƐŶ͛ƚĞĂƐLJ͖ƐŚĞƐƚŝůůƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞĚŝŶǁŽƌŬĂŶĚŐŽƚďƵůůŝĞĚƚŽ begin  with.  Then  she  went  to  university  and  got  3  As,  4Bs  (  in  IT)  and  a  C  (  in  maths).  She   started  mentoring  others,  then  left  to  travel  round  the  world,  inspiring  educators,  thera-­‐ pists,  parents  and  people  on  the  spectrum.  Now  aged  25  Robyn,  lives  independently  in   London,  and  has  built  up  her  business   to  high  acclaim.  Her  activities  include   speaking  about  autism  at  the  House   of  Commons  and  frequently  in  the   national  and  international  press,    on   radio  and  television.  In  turn,  she  is   able  to  mentor  others  to  help  them   achieve  their  aspirations   .    


Courses  For  Support  Workers   Title:  Autism  From  a  Person,  Not  Just  a  Textbook.   Length:1  day   Audience:  Support  workers,  psychologists,  social  workers,  managers,  nurses,   GPs.   Description.  

͞dŚŝƐǁĂƐŽŶĞŽĨŵŽƐƚ useful  trainings  I  have   ĞǀĞƌĂƚƚĞŶĚĞĚ͘͟Team   Leader,    Brookdale   Care

This  course  aims  to  give  personal  and  professional  perspectives,  as  well  as  the-­‐ ory.  They  are  taught  through  fun  activities  that  are  memorable,  and  cover  the   key  aspects  of  Autism,  such  as  the  Triad  of  Impairments  and    sensory  issues.   There  is  a  heavy  emphasis  on  building  strategies.  The  course  is  very  thorough,   aiming  to  provide  staff  with  the  knowledge  to  support  people  with  Autism.  The   workbook  accompanying  the  course  (and  included  in  the  price)  contains  a  writ-­‐ ten  record  so  that  managers  can  evaluate  learning,  and  also  delegates  can  re-­‐ view  learning.  There  is  a  list  of  resources  and  some  basic  strategies  are  listed,   which  will  be  supplemented  by  strategies  designed  by  the  delegates  through-­‐ out  the  course.   Materials  included:  workbook   Title:  Supporting  Skills  in  Work  and  The  Home.   Length:  1  day.   Audience:  Support  staff,  managers,  .   Description.  

͞/ƌĞĂůůLJƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚƚŚŝƐĐŽƵƌƐĞ as  an  illuminating  look  into   working  with  people  with  Au-­‐ tism,,  Lots  of  helpful  ideas  and   techniques  and  you'll  come   away  feeling  much  more   ĞƋƵŝƉƉĞĚ͟Support  worker  

This  course  is  specifically  for  people  who  support  service  users  who  are  in  Independ-­‐ ent  Living  accommodation  or  working  towards  it.  The  course  links  theory  with  every-­‐ day  situations,  It  investigates  the  barriers  which  can  occur  for  people  on  the  Autistic   Spectrum,  when  looking  to  work,  live  independently,  build  friendships  and  romantic   relationships,  etc.  It  also  looks  at  how  others  may  perceive  Autism  and  helps  dele-­‐ gates  build  strategies.  This  course  includes  a  workbook;  this  contains  a  record  of  the   ĚĞůĞŐĂƚĞƐ͛ůĞĂƌŶŝŶŐĂŶĚŝƐĂĚĚĞĚƚŽƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚƚŚĞĚĂLJ͕ƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐĂŐƵŝĚĞƚŽƚŚĞĚĞůͲ egates͛  learning,  for  future  reference  and  so  managers  can  evaluate  the  effectiveness   of  learning  and  the  topics  covered.  There  is  also  a  selection  of  resources  and  basic   strategies  to  supplement  the  strategies  which  are  built  throughout  the  day.   Title:  My  sensory  day     Length:  2  hours.   Audience:  all  staff.  

Learning  made  easy,  warm  and   friendly  trainer,  made  you  think   outside  the  box  .supported   housing  officer  

This  course  is  designed  to  provide  insight,  into  how  Sensory  issues  affect   people  on  the  Autistic  Spectrum.  It  is  a  practical  course  with  lots  of  delegate   participation,  and  includes  lots  of  emphasis  on  strategies.    

Tel:07956511903  E:  robyn@robynsteward.com  W:  www.robynsteward.com  


Courses  For  Support  Workers  Continued   Title  :  Communication  and  behavior   Length  :  2  hours  

Training  course  was  Inspira-­‐ tional  and  reminded  me  that   people  with  an  ASD  are  not   so  different  to  me    Support   worker  

This  course  is  an  intermediate  course,  therefore  staff  attending   are  expected  to  have  had  basic  training,  the  autism  strategy  re-­‐ quires  that  people  have  appropriate  training  behavior  and  com-­‐ munication  are  key  areas  that  need  to  be  understood.  This  course   covers  the  different  communication  people  use,  and  what  it  could   be  like  to  be  non  verbal.  Behavior  is  normally  a  reaction  to  some-­‐ thing  i.e.  there  is  a  cause,  however  staff  need  to  be  suitably  skilled   to  be  able  to  find  out  what  the  cause  is,  what  can  be  done  to  sup-­‐

Title  :  Transition  happens  all  day  long   Length  :  2  hours   Audience  :  Support  workers  

Training  course  was  inspira-­‐ tional  and  reminded  me   that  people  with  an  ASD  are   not  that  different  to  me.   Leaving  Care  Personal  Ad-­‐ visor  

This  course  is  designed  to  investigate  what  is  meant  by   ͞dƌĂŶƐŝƚŝŽŶ͘͟tŚLJdƌĂŶƐŝƚŝŽŶƐĐĂŶďĞĚŝĨĨŝĐƵůƚĨŽƌƉĞŽƉůĞŽŶƚŚĞƵͲ tistic  Spectrum  and  what  strategies  can  be  used  to  help  people  to   Transition,  both  big  transitions  e.g.  one  home  to  another    and  small   ones  one  activity  to  another,  can  cause  stress  for  people  on  the  Au-­‐ tistic  spectrum  but  can  be  managed  effectively.  

Title  :  Customer  Service  for  Employees  Providing  Administration  Services  for  People  with   ASDs.     Audience    admin  staff,  finance  team  members,  housing  officers,  people  providing  support   for  people  with  ASDs.     Length  2  hours   Description  

´I  learn  something  new  every   time  I  come  to  hear  you  speak,   thank  you  so  much  for  sharing   your  insight  and  experience   with  us,  it  is  invaluable  infor-­‐ mation    you  truly  have  a  gift  for   ŚĂƚLJŽƵĚŽ͞Support  worker

This  course  is  for  anyone  writing  letters,  sending  e-­‐mails,  or  making  phone   calls  to  people  on  the  Autistic  Spectrum.  People  with  Autism  may  have  great   difficulty  with  communication.  This  is  not  always  obvious,  therefore,  it  is  vital   to  providing  excellent  service  and  customer  satisfaction  that  staff  have  train-­‐ ing  in  this  area.  The  course  will  also  help  staff  communicate  better  with  other   service  users  who  may  have  communication  difficulties,  and  raise  awareness   of  Autism  generally.    

 


Courses  For  Health  Professionals   Title:  Personal  Perspective  of  Front-­‐Line  Mental  Health  Services.   Length:  1hr   Description.       ͞ǀĞƌLJŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚŝŶŐĂŶĚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂͲ tive  session,  thank  you  for  being   so  honest  about  how  Autism  ef-­‐ ĨĞĐƚƐLJŽƵ͘͟Psychologist    

A  few  years  ago  I  accessed  mental  health  services.  This  session   gives  an  insight  into  my  own  personal  experience,  as  well  as  the   professional  experience  I  have  of  being  in  and  working  in  the  men-­‐ tal  health  system.   Title:  Autism  and  mental  health  From  a  Person,  Not  Just  a   Textbook.   Audience:  Mental  Health  Professionals.   Length  :  1-­‐2  hrs   Description.  

stimulating  +  worthwhile       Anon  

This  course  is  designed  to  overview  the  key  concepts  of  au-­‐ tism,  and  then  identify  how  this  affects  mental  health,  and   how  one  might  begin  to  build  strategies.  

Title:  Autism  Awareness.   Audience:  GPs  and  nurses   Length:  2hrs   Description.   excellent  informative   and  enlightening  SPLT    

dŚŝƐŝƐƵƚŝƐŵĂǁĂƌĞŶĞƐƐůŝŬĞLJŽƵ͛ǀĞŶĞǀĞƌŚĂĚďĞĨŽƌĞ͊/ƚ͛ƐŶŽƚ just  the  theory;  you  have  a  real  live  person  standing  in  front  of   you  awaiting  your  questions  and  discussions.  In  this  session,   Robyn  aims  to  draw  your  attention  to  how  the  theory  presents   in  a  real  life  patient  in  many  different  ways,  and  what  one  can   do  to  support  a  patient  with  Autism.  


Mission  Statement   The  Autism  Act  2009  is  the  first  act  for  a  single  specific  disability  in  the  UK.   The  Autism  strategy  and  statutory  guidelines,  mean  there  is  a  statutory  duty  for  front  line  pro-­‐ fessionals  to  receive  Autism  Training.   Training  from  other  organizations  are  often  not  run  by  someone  on  the  Autistic  Spectrum,  such   as  Robyn  Steward,  and  other  trainers  often  do  not  have  both  personal  and  professional  experi-­‐ ence  of  Autism.  Robyn  has  worked  as  a  Mentor  and  Consultant,  as  well  as  being  diagnosed   with  an  ASD   Training  should  explain  the  Theory  ,  but  should  also  be  focused  on  providing  real  life  examples   of  how  the  theory  looks  in  real  life,  and  how  strategies  can  be  implemented,  as  everyone  is  dif-­‐ ferent  ,  Hence  the  slogan  The  Autistic  Spectrum  From  a  person  not  just  a  textbook!   ZŽďLJŶ͛ƐƚƌĂŝŶŝŶŐŝƐƐĞĐŽŶĚƚŽŶŽŶĞ͕ƚŚĞĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚƐŚĞŝƐŽŶƚŚĞƐƉĞĐƚƌƵŵ͕ĂŶĚŚŽůĚƐŵĂŶLJƉŽƐŝͲ tions  within  the  industry  means  that  she  is  on  the  forefront  of  the  latest  developments,  and     has  an  ever  growing  knowledge  of  strategies,  interventions  and  tools  which  can  help  people  on   the  Autistic  Spectrum.  

Tel:07956511903  E:  robyn@robynsteward.com  W:  www.robynsteward.com  


Robyn Steward social care Professional training  

Training by somone on the Autstic spectrum offering a fresh approach to providing support for people on the Autstic spectrum.

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