Hello, I’m Suzy Rowland, Founder and CEO of the #happyinschool project.
Hi- I’m Suzy Rowland, an author, inspirational speaker (someone told me to write that!) Autism & ADHD Specialist, cognitive behavioural therapist and poet. My’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD aged nine, after years of unsatisfactory experiences with schools. After re-training, I did a big career swerve and founded the #happyinschool project in 2018.
I believe educators, health & social care professionals, must work closely with neurodiverse young people and their families, to devise child-led educational innovations that acknowledge the school environment can be challenging to many with neurodiversity. I don’t regard this as a ‘nice to have’ – the emotional health of thousands of families depends on it.
If you like clear-thinking, with cut-through ideas, you might like to browse some of my published articles. I’m particularly interested in the poor educational outcomes of boys of black Caribbean heritage with special educational needs, as they are statistically the group of pupils most likely to be excluded from primary and secondary mainstream schools. I’m endlessly inspired by the contributions of so many in the Autism/ADHD space. I’m a life-long learner, with a particular interest in how human beings communicate, overcome adversity and evolve into the best versions of themselves.
“Reducing stigma and discrimination, giving all children the chance to reach their creative or academic potential which is only achieved by reducing the emotional damage of being either physically or socially excluded from school. This is within the reach of all of us. I believe in activating change and preventing more children – of all backgrounds – from being damaged by an outmoded system.”
When I’m not eating home-cooked food or dancing around the kitchen to Latin music, I will be reading books or watching documentaries about human psychology, philosophy, culture, the creative arts or writing a poem. Sometimes all at the same time.
I’m passionate about helping others address the issues I faced as a mother, my son is fast becoming a strong autism/ADHD advocate himself. He’s currently growing a successful YouTube channel, editing content, creating a mixed gaming community and being an all round pretty amazing person, he plays classical guitar to distinction standard. And he’s got a bunch of qualifications too, including a Jack Petchey Award. Yes, I’m very proud of him. And his big sister is a primary school teacher. We’re coming at this from all angles!
Scope & IPSEA trained, Certificate in CBT (BPS approved) |Safeguarding Certificate, Level 1 | IAPT (Improving Access Psychological Therapy) Certificate|7 years research on ASD & ADHD.
Click the link to read about my forthcoming book S.E.N.D. in the Clowns
‘If we can bridge the gap by creating deeper understanding on all sides, ultimately we will be nurturing happier individuals.” Suzy Rowland
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