S.E.N.D. in the Clowns started as a collection of diary entries and a way for author and mother, Suzy Rowland, to make sense of her son’s frequent exclusions from primary school. Her aim wasn’t just to tell a personal story, it was also to help parents untangle red tape, stay engaged and feel empowered as they stagger through a system that struggles to educate children who are different.
Packed with guidance, S.E.N.D. in the Clowns is a thought-provoking and uplifting read. A unique handbook of self-care and practical advice for parents who find themselves on the autism merry-go-round. S.E.N.D. in the Clowns is a play on the acronym Special Educational Needs and Disability, hinting that these children’s behaviour may look like they are the sad clown sitting in the corner, or the zany clown, performing slap stick tricks to keep everyone in the classroom entertained. The reality is more poignant; these neurodiverse children are highly sensitive individuals, masking the pain and confusion of their neurodiversity in the school environment, that can feel frightening and confusing.
S.E.N.D. in the Clowns takes you on two journeys:
• Personal story from parent and child – from babe to pre-teen and…
• Professional guidance for parents and professionals who work with, teach or support autistic or ADHD children.
About the Author
Suzy Rowland is an author, Autism & ADHD Specialist & Trainer, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a poet. Suzy’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD aged nine. Determined to share her experience and expertise, Suzy set up the #happyinschool project, to break down the complexity of autism and ADHD behaviours in education, to parents and educators.
She’s committed to raising the bar for wellbeing for children in schools, in particularly for autistic and ADHD children. She uses mindfulness, CBT, storytelling and listening as her tools. Suzy works with a range of schools, councils, charities, businesses and parent/carer groups to deliver her unique brand of influence and empowerment.
As a former corporate communications and PR professional turned entrepreneur, Suzy enjoys using her communications skills to provide advice and training to all sectors, in support of her strong belief that diverse businesses and communities thrive better than homogenous ones. She is particularly interested in supporting groups who are disadvantaged by their race, neurodiversity or their additional needs, e.g. Boys of black Caribbean heritage, a group who are statistically, most likely to be excluded from mainstream primary and secondary schools.
Her son is fast becoming an autism/ADHD advocate, a successful YouTuber, a distinction-level guitarist, with a Jack Petchey Award in his clutches.
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