Kelly
ADHD/ASD COACH
EHCP SUPPORT ADVISOR
TRAINEE FORENSIC PYSCHOLOGIST

DIAGNOSED ADHD

Kelly had until recently lived her whole life with undiagnosed ADHD, ASD and OCD.  She has learned through her own experiences what methods can help and how individual everyone’s support needs to be. She has seen first-hand the damage that can arise from not being diagnosed correctly both through her own experiences and her family’s.

Kelly has over 17! years immediate family experience with ADHD, ASD, Epilepsy, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. Kelly worked as a hairdresser for many years ending up running a very successful salon with her husband. She learned here how important it is to listen to people and how much people needed to talk and offload. However this was never her dream job, just one she happened to fall into.

Kelly is now training to be a Forensic Psychologist having realised her passion lies with helping stop children and young adults from going down the criminal path. Kelly has seen too many adolescents go this route often because they haven’t been diagnosed correctly at school, through family trauma or generally being misunderstood.

Both Kelly’s children have ASD and her son has ADHD, Landau Kleffner syndrome, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Her daughter has Anxiety with her ASD and Kelly very well understands female’s ‘masking’ having grown up with both undiagnosed ASD and ADHD herself.

Kelly was easily led and vulnerable as a teenager. This led her into getting into trouble with ‘the wrong crowd’, using recreational drugs and leaving home at the age of just 15. Kelly knows all too well how it is to be ‘not understood’ by both family, teachers and friends.

Because Kelly grew up in a highly unsettled home but managed to fight through and follow her dreams, she is passionate about helping others do the same.  She firmly believes there are no hurdles that cannot be overcome.

Kelly suffered bullying, physical and mental abuse in childhood and understands just how hard it is to trust anyone enough to open up and talk about yourself. She suffered with anorexia due to internalising her emotions and can now instinctively notice the signs of depression and anxiety in others. Kelly benefited from counselling and psychotherapy herself and knows how vital and life changing it can be to have the right support at the right time.

Kelly has had to fight for her son since he was 18 months old – getting him diagnosed, securing him an EHCP from a very early age and negotiating a school system not neurodiverse friendly. She recently won a year-long appeal case allowing her son to retake three years of education so he could sit his GCSEs.

Kelly is vastly experienced at dealing with local authorities and their appeals systems and is passionate about helping families manage with the copious amounts of form filling as well as providing emotional support throughout this very stressful process.

Working in a school as a Learning Support Assistant within the enrichment team, she was able to see the many failures in the system with teachers woefully under trained in how to recognise and manage ADHD and ASD children.

Kelly also worked in a residential home run by The National Autistic Society where she became familiar with Pica, double negative language, echolalia, amongst just a few of the conditions that run alongside autism.

She now uses all her personal and professional experience to work with ADHD and ASD children, adolescents and adults to understand themselves and work towards their life goals.

 

Qualifications

  • Award in Assessing Candidates Using a Range of Methods NVQ Level 3 2005
  • Award in Conducting Internal Quality Assurance NVQ Level 4 2006
  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector NVQ Level 4 2011
  • Science and Health FHEQ Level 4 2019
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Criminology) CERTHE Level 4 2020
  • Introduction to Psychology FHEQ Level 4  2021
  • Life Coaching NVQ Level 3 2021
  • Samaritans Listening Training 2021
  • Forensic Psychology BSc Level 6. Completes June 2025
  • Restorative Justice 2019
  • CYP-IAPT PROGRAMME Psychological Perspectives in Education and Primary Care OCD 2020
  • National Autistic Society – Supporting Families 2021
  • National Autistic Society – Autism, Stress & Anxiety  2021
  • National Autistic Society – Autism & Sensory Experiences 2021
  • National Autistic Society – Understanding Autism 2021
  • National Autistic Society – Autism & Communication 2021
  • Member of The British Psychological Society
  • Enhanced DBS certificate

 

Kelly
ADHD/ASD COACH
EHCP SUPPORT ADVISOR
TRAINEE FORENSIC PYSCHOLOGIST

DIAGNOSED ADHD

Kelly had until recently lived her whole life with undiagnosed ADHD, ASD and OCD.  She has learned through her own experiences what methods can help and how individual everyone’s support needs to be. She has seen first-hand the damage that can arise from not being diagnosed correctly both through her own experiences and her family’s.

Kelly has over 17! years immediate family experience with ADHD, ASD, Epilepsy, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. Kelly worked as a hairdresser for many years ending up running a very successful salon with her husband. She learned here how important it is to listen to people and how much people needed to talk and offload. However this was never her dream job, just one she happened to fall into.

Kelly is now training to be a Forensic Psychologist having realised her passion lies with helping stop children and young adults from going down the criminal path. Kelly has seen too many adolescents go this route often because they haven’t been diagnosed correctly at school, through family trauma or generally being misunderstood.
Both Kelly’s children have ASD and her son has ADHD, Landau Kleffner syndrome, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Her daughter has Anxiety with her ASD and Kelly very well understands female’s ‘masking’ having grown up with both undiagnosed ASD and ADHD herself.

Kelly was easily led and vulnerable as a teenager. This led her into getting into trouble with ‘the wrong crowd’, using recreational drugs and leaving home at the age of just 15. Kelly knows all too well how it is to be ‘not understood’ by both family, teachers and friends.

Because Kelly grew up in a highly unsettled home but managed to fight through and follow her dreams, she is passionate about helping others do the same.  She firmly believes there are no hurdles that cannot be overcome.

Kelly suffered bullying, physical and mental abuse in childhood and understands just how hard it is to trust anyone enough to open up and talk about yourself. She suffered with anorexia due to internalising her emotions and can now instinctively notice the signs of depression and anxiety in others. Kelly benefited from counselling and psychotherapy herself and knows how vital and life changing it can be to have the right support at the right time.

Kelly has had to fight for her son since he was 18 months old – getting him diagnosed, securing him an EHCP from a very early age and negotiating a school system not neurodiverse friendly. She recently won a year-long appeal case allowing her son to retake three years of education so he could sit his GCSEs.

Kelly is vastly experienced at dealing with local authorities and their appeals systems and is passionate about helping families manage with the copious amounts of form filling as well as providing emotional support throughout this very stressful process.

Working in a school as a Learning Support Assistant within the enrichment team, she was able to see the many failures in the system with teachers woefully under trained in how to recognise and manage ADHD and ASD children.

Kelly also worked in a residential home run by The National Autistic Society where she became familiar with Pica, double negative language, echolalia, amongst just a few of the conditions that run alongside autism.

She now uses all her personal and professional experience to work with ADHD and ASD children, adolescents and adults to understand themselves and work towards their life goals.

 

Qualifications

  • Award in Assessing Candidates Using a Range of Methods NVQ Level 3 2005
  • Award in Conducting Internal Quality Assurance NVQ Level 4 2006
  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector NVQ Level 4 2011
  • Science and Health FHEQ Level 4 2019
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Criminology) CERTHE Level 4 2020
  • Introduction to Psychology FHEQ Level 4  2021
  • Life Coaching NVQ Level 3 2021
  • Samaritans Listening Training 2021
  • Forensic Psychology BSc Level 6. Completes June 2025
  • Restorative Justice 2019
  • CYP-IAPT PROGRAMME Psychological Perspectives in Education and Primary Care OCD 2020
  • National Autistic Society – Supporting Families 2021
  • National Autistic Society – Autism, Stress & Anxiety  2021
  • National Autistic Society – Autism & Sensory Experiences 2021
  • National Autistic Society – Understanding Autism 2021
  • National Autistic Society – Autism & Communication 2021
  • Member of The British Psychological Society
  • Enhanced DBS certificate