Hi, I am Deborah Bain, owner of Connecting Worlds autism training. I am mum to a young man with severe autism and wife to an older (but still young!), man who also has high functioning autism. Both are very different individuals. Through living and working in so many diverse environments and with so many individuals across the autism spectrum, I have gained a unique insight and empathy with those affected by the disorder.
I am a post 16 years qualified teacher and have over 15 years of specialist teaching experience as an Autism Trainer.
As we can see from all the media coverage, the numbers of children, young people and adults accessing mainstream settings, schools and placements have risen dramatically over recent years; as have numbers of people receiving care in their own homes and residential settings. This is a wonderful move forward. Unfortunately, training for education, health and care staff has not kept pace with these rising numbers.
To redress the balance in a small way, in 2018 I set up my own private business delivering face to face autism, Positive Behaviour Support and sensory difficulties training. I continued to work part-time within a specialist disabilities team for Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority; recently taking the ‘leap of faith’ to work full time on my training business. I am enjoying every minute of being able to support so many more individuals with autism, their families and the professionals working with them right across the country. I have been fortunate to have worked with some amazing new people and feedback has been extremely positive.
For over 20 years I have been privileged to have worked with hundreds of people with autism, their families, and professionals. Most recently I delivered training packages into Priory Care (Whitby & Scarborough), Caremark (East Riding) and Camphill Village Trust at Botton Village, Danby.
I believe passionately that with greater understanding we can raise the prospects of children, young people and adults with autism; helping them to achieve the best outcomes and to live happier, more fulfilling lives.