Suzy Rowland – #happyinschool Founder

Suzy Rowland, Founder and CEO of the #happyinschool project, is an author, inspirational speaker, autism and diversity advocate. My goal is simple: To work with a range of partners to improve life prospects for children and young people with Autism & ADHD. My research basis is autism and ADHD but many of the principles I include, would work for children and those who care for them, with a range of disabilities. I work from my heart space, mixing empowerment, with evidenced teachings, role play and lots of laughter – in my view the best medicine.

The #happyinschool workplace project provides autism and ADHD consultancy service to companies –  advising how to support employees with ‘hidden disabilities,’ improve their well-being, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism. The project extends to specialist autism/ADHD workshops for employees with caring responsibilities for their children with disabilities. My piece in Diversity Q Magazine elaborates this idea…

The #happyinschool parent project provides empowerment coaching to parents and carers of children with autism & ADHD. The #happyinschool parent project focuses on:

  • Creating deeper understanding of autistic/ADHD behaviour in the classroom
  • Closing the gap in communication between autism/ADHD parents, and educators
  • Sharing techniques to enable parents and educators to feel emPOWerment
  • Understanding how autism & ADHD, influence learning and opportunities
  • Sharing coping mechanisms for tough times
  • Learning simple advocacy/communication techniques to improve relationships with educators, using a child-centred approach

Suzy, who spent 25 years in the corporate communications industry, uses her warm and dynamic communication style to deliver highly informative, creative and engaging sessions to parents, who often start off feeling jaded or ‘broken’ by the system.

Suzy is a published poet (you can see her work here: Following her interest in the use of creative language as a form of talk therapy, she also runs PoetryAsHealing workshops to small groups to a variety of organisations, especially those who are keen to improve mental health and well-being. Her late mother, Cas Walker, was an educationalist, author, curriculum adviser and teacher for 30+ years in Birmingham and her daughter is a qualified teacher.

Suzy is Scope, IPSEA & CBT trained, with two members of her family on the autism spectrum, and one with a diagnosed mental health condition. She also delivers emotional support workshops to Richmond Borough’s 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
Credit: Paul Warrington