SARAH-LOUISE
SEN LAW ADVISER & ADVOCATE
SEN TRIBUNAL ADVOCATE
EHCP PREPARATION & SUPPORT
PARENTING SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Sarah-Louise received her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Combined type diagnosis in 2018 when she was 28 years old. As soon as she realised she had the condition she set about helping other adults and children and has worked tirelessly in the ADHD field helping people ever since.

Sarah-Louise set up a local ADHD support group for both adults and families after being diagnosed. The following year in 2019, she helped her husband get his diagnosis of ADHD Inattentive type

Sarah-Louise has focused on helping her own children understand themselves and they now have a variety of diagnoses. This is when Sarah-Louise learnt just how hard parents and carers have to fight and all the systems parents have to navigate to get the right diagnosis and support for their families.

It took her several years but she managed to secure diagnoses for all three of her children who have ADHD, Irlen Syndrome, Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia new diagnostic name Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Social Communication Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Sarah-Louise’s passion for helping not only her own family but others also struggling in a system that offers very little help to children and young people who are neurodivergent and who have other comorbidities potentially, made her want to take on formal training to help people in a more professional way.

She is now a passionate SEND Law Advocate and supports both children and young people and their parents pre, during and post-diagnosis.

With her seven years’ experience of SEND law, Sarah-Louise started as a self-taught advocate for her own neurodivergent children. This experience, coupled with her previous experience working in the mental health sector for over seven years, and running a local ADHD support group, led her to utilise her skills and knowledge to pursue her dream career in the field of SEND Law advocacy.

Sarah-Louise’s own neurodivergency allows her to bring understanding and insight into the issues children and their families face in the education system. Her dogged determination yet friendly disposition are key attributes when helping to assist, guide and fight for others on their journey, enabling them to receive the legal and educational support they deserve.

Since 2014, Sarah-Louise has Secured Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for all of her children, including registering seven appeals with the First-tier Tribunal (Special Education Needs and Disability) and attended two tribunal hearings. She has successfully fought and won five specialist school placements for all three of her sons.

Since 2015, Sarah-Louise has volunteered with I CAN – the UK’s leading children’s speech, language and communication needs charity to help raise awareness and funding for the charity. She raised over £10,000 in a Christmas Special with Jon Snow and secured Occupational Therapy funding for one of their specialist Speech, Language & Communication Needs schools. This work led Sarah-Louise to be invited to one of the Queen’s Garden Tea Parties in recognition of her hard work and passion for helping.

Sarah-Louise has worked for SEND Advocacy organisations for several years and has supported many SEND families to secure the special educational provisions their children have requires.

Just some of the services Sarah-Louise can provide Headstuff Client’s with are:

  • Writing parental requests for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments.
  • First-tier Tribunal – I Special Education Needs and Disability – documents, including Grounds of Appeals, Case Statements and Position Statements.
  • Attendance at meetings regarding Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments, Annual Reviews, School Attendance and general School meetings.
  • Attendance at Mediation meetings
  • Tribunal case management cases acting as a representative on behalf of the client in the First-tier Tribunal Special Education Needs and Disability.
  • Parent and carer support calls to provide one-to-one advice.
  • Assisting clients by searching and identifying appropriate schools.

 

Qualifications

  • IPSEA SEND Law Level 3
  • IPSEA SEND LAW Level 2
  • IPSEA SEND Law Level 1
  • 7 years SEND Law experience
  • Health and Social Care (Adults) Diploma (QCF): Edexcel Level 1
  • Health and Social Care NVQ: City & Guilds Level 2
  • Equality & Diversity NCTE Level 2
  • Mental Capacity Act Basic Awareness: NHS, KCC, Medway Council Level 1

 

SARAH-LOUISE

SEN LAW ADVISER & ADVOCATE
SEN TRIBUNAL ADVOCATE
EHCP PREPARATION & SUPPORT
PARENTING SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Sarah-Louise received her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Combined type diagnosis in 2018 when she was 28 years old. As soon as she realised she had the condition she set about helping other adults and children and has worked tirelessly in the ADHD field helping people ever since.

Sarah-Louise set up a local ADHD support group for both adults and families after being diagnosed. The following year in 2019, she helped her husband get his diagnosis of ADHD Inattentive type

Sarah-Louise has focused on helping her own children understand themselves and they now have a variety of diagnoses. This is when Sarah-Louise learnt just how hard parents and carers have to fight and all the systems parents have to navigate to get the right diagnosis and support for their families.

It took her several years but she managed to secure diagnoses for all three of her children who have ADHD, Irlen Syndrome, Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia new diagnostic name Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Social Communication Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Sarah-Louise’s passion for helping not only her own family but others also struggling in a system that offers very little help to children and young people who are neurodivergent and who have other comorbidities potentially, made her want to take on formal training to help people in a more professional way.

She is now a passionate SEND Law Advocate and supports both children and young people and their parents pre, during and post-diagnosis.

With her seven years’ experience of SEND law, Sarah-Louise started as a self-taught advocate for her own neurodivergent children. This experience, coupled with her previous experience working in the mental health sector for over seven years, and running a local ADHD support group, led her to utilise her skills and knowledge to pursue her dream career in the field of SEND Law advocacy.

Sarah-Louise’s own neurodivergency allows her to bring understanding and insight into the issues children and their families face in the education system. Her dogged determination yet friendly disposition are key attributes when helping to assist, guide and fight for others on their journey, enabling them to receive the legal and educational support they deserve.

Since 2014, Sarah-Louise has Secured Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for all of her children, including registering seven appeals with the First-tier Tribunal (Special Education Needs and Disability) and attended two tribunal hearings. She has successfully fought and won five specialist school placements for all three of her sons.

Since 2015, Sarah-Louise has volunteered with I CAN – the UK’s leading children’s speech, language and communication needs charity to help raise awareness and funding for the charity. She raised over £10,000 in a Christmas Special with Jon Snow and secured Occupational Therapy funding for one of their specialist Speech, Language & Communication Needs schools. This work led Sarah-Louise to be invited to one of the Queen’s Garden Tea Parties in recognition of her hard work and passion for helping.

Sarah-Louise has worked for SEND Advocacy organisations for several years and has supported many SEND families to secure the special educational provisions their children have requires.

Just some of the services Sarah-Louise can provide Headstuff Client’s with are:

  • Writing parental requests for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments.
  • First-tier Tribunal – I Special Education Needs and Disability – documents, including Grounds of Appeals, Case Statements and Position Statements.
  • Attendance at meetings regarding Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments, Annual Reviews, School Attendance and general School meetings.
  • Attendance at Mediation meetings
  • Tribunal case management cases acting as a representative on behalf of the client in the First-tier Tribunal Special Education Needs and Disability.
  • Parent and carer support calls to provide one-to-one advice.
  • Assisting clients by searching and identifying appropriate schools.

 

Qualifications

  • IPSEA SEND Law Level 3
  • IPSEA SEND LAW Level 2
  • IPSEA SEND Law Level 1
  • 7 years SEND Law experience
  • Health and Social Care (Adults) Diploma (QCF): Edexcel Level 1
  • Health and Social Care NVQ: City & Guilds Level 2
  • Equality & Diversity NCTE Level 2
  • Mental Capacity Act Basic Awareness: NHS, KCC, Medway Council Level 1