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About Autism
Peer Education

Great Minds Together have been appointed by the NHS – Health Education England to deliver the first ever Peer Education Programme that treats the family as the workforce. The programme will support families, befriender’s, Personal Assistants and small independent care providers in order to ‘upskill’ the team around the family as part of an evidenced based programme to prevent escalation of mental health needs resulting in hospitalisation. This innovative programme sets out to provide a level of free education and support to families and professionals like no other; in order to ensure mental health comes first for autistic people. Great Minds Together have selected a small number of highly skilled partners and staff members in order to provide information for people across all walks of life, to include online training, CPD courses, interactive workshops, peer support groups and on-call support.

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Jenny Loughran Q&A

There was a reference to the ‘SEND Code of Conduct’ in this video, however, this is now the ‘SEND Code of Practice’
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Emma & Meg from Great Minds Together with Vikki Threlfall & Paula Webb from PDA Society

Emma and Meg talk about PDA with Vikki Threlfall and Paula Webb from PDA Society. They cover lots of topics including terminology around PDA, helpful approaches, differences between ODD & PDA, EHCPs, working with professionals, and more. Part 1 of 2

Andy - Spectrum Gaming

The first Q&A session with Andy from Spectrum Gaming. We talk about a range of things including the importance of language, and how important it is to work in partnership with parents and carers.


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Introduction to PDA

An introductory video about PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) This video is just over 20 minutes long and covers lots of information,

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Emma Mander &
Meg Walls

Emma and Meg, co-founders of Great Minds Together, and leaders of this project talk about what is available to families

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Demand Avoidance of the PDA kind

A video created for PDA Day 2019 to help raise awareness of how the PDA profile of autism can present, combining experiences kindly shared by children, young people, and adults.

Joe Fautley

Joe Fautley speaks about growing up with autism and how he hasn’t let him hold him back. He also shares some helpful tips on how to manage stress and anxiety.

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Become a Peer Educator

We welcome anybody that would like to contribute to this project, and will be constantly expanding the Peer Educators involved. To contribute please email hello@autismpeer.education

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Recent Articles

A recent article in the award-winning
The Autism Parent Magazine describing the first-ever peer education program.

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The Great Minds Podcast

Collecting ‘Great Minds’ to work together on our journey to help solve the SEND crisis for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and/or social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. We will be discussing how education and social care impact these children, young people and their families and sharing good practice on how we can make the system better with a variety of guest speakers including parents, professionals and children.

Upcoming Events

Interactive sessions with some of the industry’s experts and expert parents.
If you would like to submit a question before the event please email hello@greatmindstogether.co.uk and advise which event you are attending.
We will try to cover all questions on the day. All events will be listed within online Q&A.

january, 2023

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