Suzy Rowland – #happyinschool Founder

Hi – I’m Suzy Rowland,  Autism & ADHD Specialist, cognitive behavioural therapist and Founder of the #happyinschool project. My son was diagnosed with autism and ADHD aged nine, after several exclusions from primary and secondary school. I subsequently set up the #happyinschool project with a view to: 
  • Create deeper understanding of autistic/ADHD behaviour in the classroom
  • Improve dialogue and communication between autism/ADHD parents, and educators & health and therapeutic professionals
  • Push the boundaries to improve wellbeing & mental health for neurodiverse children and adolescents
  • Share techniques of empowerment and calm within families
  • Understand deeply how autism & ADHD, influence learning and life goals
  • Share coping mechanisms for tough times
  • Tackle the complex issue around autism, ADHD, racial diversity, inclusion and educational attainment

The #happyinschool project has quickly become a vibrant forum for autism & ADHD parent advocacy, through a series of detailed training programmes for parents, mental health professionals and educators. The sessions are community-based and include elements of mindfulness and reflection, which participants can use after the sessions. I have completed a British Psychological Society approved Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which enables me to deliver – with ongoing supervision – evidence-based therapy for autistic and ADHD children and adolescents fusing adaptive techniques for the variety of common mental health issues encountered by this group of neurodiverse youngsters.

My book, S.E.N.D. in the Clowns, is a friendly, advice-packed handbook for parents who are at the start of their diagnosis journey. Since publication, the feedback from parents, educators, therapists, SENCOs etc.,has been positive and motivating. Buy your copy here 

I work collaboratively applying group therapy work, education and training with a range of charitable, community organisations and schools to empower parents, and mental health professionals around engagement and educating children and young people with neurodiversity and intellectual disabilities. I have worked with Express CIC, IAPT, Fastminds, Richmond Borough Mind, Ruils, A2ndVoice, A Seat At the Table, ADHD Richmond & Kingston, MIND Bubbles Project and many others. I also work with private clients. My aim is always to deliver best practice and the most effective supportive outcomes.

I have been interviewed and published extensively in the media, have a look at my press page

I will a be speaker at the National Autistic Society Conference in Spring 2021 (Autism & Mental Health) and also at the Jessica Kingsley Publisher’s Spring Conference.

Media Enquiries:

{The longer read}: I’m particularly interested in the educational outcomes of vulnerable young people and boys of black Caribbean heritage with special educational needs, as statistically they are the groups of pupils most likely to be excluded from primary and secondary mainstream schools. I’m inspired by the contributions of many in the autism/ADHD space. Partner with me on a life-long journey of a discovery about how human beings communicate, overcome adversity and evolve into better 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.” Suzy Rowland

When I’m not eating home-cooked food or dancing in my kitchen, I’m an avid reader and writer, with interests in human psychology, philosophy, culture, creative arts and poetry. I’m passionate about helping others address the issues I faced as a mother; my son is fast becoming a strong autism/ADHD advocate. He’s 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 has a Jack Petchey Award. I’m very proud of him and his big sister, who is a primary school teacher.

Scope & IPSEA trained, Certificate in CBT (BPS approved) |Safeguarding Certificate, Level 1 | IAPT (Improving Access Psychological Therapy) Certificate|8 years research on ASD & ADHD | 20 + years corporate communications & PR.

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

Please get in touch using the form below.