Education, SEND, Autism, ADHD, hidden disability, Suzy Rowland

Parent Testimonials



“The sessions are great and engaging”

“The graphics and clear, the sessions move at a great pace (no waffle).

“I really enjoyed the role play, it was interesting discussing different approaches of parents and teachers…”

“There are plenty of practical & positive suggestions and strategies”

“‘I’m suspicious that my 13 year old son may have Asperger’s.”

“There are plenty of helpful, realistic solutions/recommendations to try at home.”

“I enjoyed the discussions surrounding issues with play from the slides, and the questions.”

“I’ve started using some of the techniques with my son before he starts his homework, it’s really improved his anxiety”

“It was interesting to consider how the issues raised apply to my child.”

“The thoughts on ADHD behaviours was particularly interesting”


Education, SEND, Autism, ADHD, hidden disability, Suzy Rowland, Happy in School

Express CIC Autism Conference

The Express Autism Conference takes place on March 20 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, an event for World Autism Awareness Week.

I’m taking part in the event and looking forward to chatting to the other speakers and meeting as many guests as possible. It feels like a huge responsibility; I’m aware that my experience as an autism parent is not unique, and I cannot attempt to speak for everyone. But what I can do is speak my truth, share my learnings and trust that the words resonate and bring hope and fresh determination to other autism parents and the children they care for.

Purple Ella
Purple Ella

It is undeniably a bewildering journey, not least for the ‘hidden’ aspect of this neurological condition. Of course, it’s hidden to those who choose not to see, but for those of us with our eyes wide open, the difference, brilliance and creativity of autistic children is difficult to ‘unsee’!

happyinschool Founder, Suzy Rowland

What we are wanting is for the educational establishment to see our children and young people with a fresh eye. To navigate their differences in learning and communication style using empowering and supportive ways. We want to know there is at least one truly listening ear in our child’s place of learning, so we can pass on useful information to you about our autistic child that will help everyone in the educational and support team. We would like you to recognise that what we are discussing is not about ‘special treatment’ it’s about equal treatment in an environment that is geared towards homogeneity.

Express Conference
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Find out more about the event here:

Looking forward to seeing you there, it should be a lively and fun event!

© Suzy Rowland

Education, SEND, Autism, ADHD, hidden disability, Suzy Rowland, Happy in School

Training is key

‘Exclusions of autistic pupils set to be halted after landmark legal ruling’

This is great news for autism parents. The charity Ambitious About Autism has highlighted that children with SEN are the group of children most likely to be excluded from school, the education system is effectively failing them.

It is precisely because of headlines like this in London’s Evening Standard, why the Happy in School Project exists. There is still a lot to do in terms of teacher training and change won’t happen overnight, but it’s certainly encouraging to see a commitment at the highest levels to improving the situation for children and young people with autism.

The education system is pressed and sadly autistic children are many still falling through the cracks. The Happy in School Project can provide you with inspiring and creative guidance on how to support your child before, during or after an autism diagnosis.

Please contact us using the form.




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S.E.N.D in the Clowns

Autism is a ‘hidden disability’. This means that the features of the disability are not always obvious and can be misunderstood. For example, severe anxiety and stress can look like rage or disobedience, especially in the classroom.

I examine this in my new book S.E.N.D in the Clowns (due to be published in 2019).  The video provides a taster of the book and an overview of these important themes.

The Happy in School Project is an interactive, dynamic and empowering programme for parents, early years co-ordinators and teachers (especially NQTs), to increase understanding, improve dialogue and most importantly, ensure the children in our care are happy in school.

For coaching services or team workshops, please contact us via the form today.