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Freemantle

Church of England Community Academy

Meet Mrs Conner

 Three very special reasons for my love of communication.

 

I have been a Speech and Language Support Assistant (SaLSA) since 2013.  I can honestly say that it’s the best job I’ve ever had and I absolutely love it.

 

I have worked in primary schools since 2005, when my youngest son, then 4 years old, started in Reception.  My first job was supporting a Year 1 child on a 1:1 basis.  He had a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  I learnt to sign Makaton and to differentiate whole class planning to his compliment his abilities.  My passion for working with additional needs pupils was born.

 

I was qualified and registered to deliver S.L.C.N. (speech, language and communication needs) therapy to primary school children on behalf of the county of Hampshire.  I am an H.L.T.A. and have passed a number of professional courses including Cued Articulation, Makaton, Attention Autism, and recently attended the A.E.T.’s Good Autism Practice course.  I am very proud to be the S.a.L.S.A. for Freemantle C.of E. Community School.

 

I have a very special reason for my love of communication, well 3 reasons actually!  Each of my 3 sons has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (or A.S.C. as it is now diagnosed).  They are all in their 20s now and each one has a job in their chosen field, their passion since they were little.  My oldest is a tennis coach; my middle son has just graduated in acting from Bath University and my youngest is working as an apprentice mechanic.  I am so incredibly proud of them.   As with most people on the Autism Spectrum, they have faced the associated    difficulties at school and whilst growing up.  Things like social communication challenges; echolalia; anxiety and difficulty with the semantic pragmatic uses of language.   When they were little, as a family we joined Hampshire Autism and benefited enormously from their experience and specialist days out.  Things like cinema trips with the lights on and the volume down!  I love the way that mind type can focus and create.  Years later, I worked as a volunteer for Hampshire Autism at their Lego Therapy for teenagers group.   

 

There are so many positives to having A.S.C. and I am so happy to say that it was my boys led me to my career!

 

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