Suzy Rowland – #happyinschool Founder

Hello, I’m Suzy Rowland, Founder and CEO of the #happyinschool project.

I’m an author, motivational speaker, autism advocate and poet. My early career was in corporate communications and PR. #happyinschool project addresses some of the issues I encountered when my son was repeatedly excluded from school starting from age of 5, before being eventually diagnosed with autism and ADHD – aged 8. My aim is that the #happyinschool provides guidance and support relating to educational issues for parents and professionals around autism/ADHD – specifically how these conditions impact children and young people, and those who care for them.

I’m passionate about fair access to good quality education for all children, and I’m a strong advocate for diversity and equality, especially those with SEN or coping with challenging circumstances.

I research autism & ADHD studies voraciously and endeavour to apply a range of ideas and principles in the sessions. Working from the heart-space, using teachings of compassion, self-awareness, kindness, mutual respect, self-awareness, dovetailed with scientific findings, the benefits of my teaching usually go far beyond the initial enquiry. And finally, I doesn’t take myself too seriously, firmly believing that laughter is the best medicine 🙂

Professional Qualifications

-Scope trained

-IPSEA trained

-CBT certified

-Safeguarding Certificate, Level 1

-IAPT (Improving Access Psychological Therapy) Certificate

-7 years research on ASD & ADHD

About Suzy:

After spending a good portion of my career in the corporate communications & PR industry, I changed career when my son was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. My late mother, Cas Walker was an educationalist, author, curriculum adviser and teacher for 30+ years in Birmingham and my daughter is a qualified teacher. Setting up the #happyinschool project is a life project.

The #happyinschool project delivers evidence-based, informative, creative and engaging sessions. Parent usually enter the sessions feeling ‘broken’ by the system. #happyinschool provides an initial step towards acceptance and empowerment and you and your autistic family rise the obstacles and work collaboratively to overcome them. 

My first poetry collection Songs of My Soul is features on  I have curated a series of poetry workshops, ‘PoetryAsHealing’ providing talk therapy and emotional support. Designed for small groups, these sessions provide an outlet for healing for people with caring responsibilities and mental health issues, using poetry to stimulate sometimes difficult conversations. PoetryAsHealing workshops are especially useful for organisations who wish to support employees’ mental and emotional well-being. Review by Richmond Borough Carers in Mind.

‘If we can bridge the gap by creating deeper understanding on all sides, ultimately we will be nurturing happier individuals.” Suzy Rowland

Suzy Rowland
Credit: Paul Warrington