Empowering People, Launching lives
The Early Years’ Service provides families support and empowers parents/carers to be more confident in their own and their child’s ability. It is for children aged 15 months up to 5 years.
Aims of this service
There is a wealth of research showing that a child’s development is most rapid during their pre-school years. It is suggested that early intervention, while offering immediate benefits to the wellbeing of the whole family, also goes hand-in-hand with a decreased dependence on social institutions later in life, along with increased potential for future employment opportunities.
Who is the service for?
The service is for any parent, carer or other family member to attend with their child, to enhance their knowledge and skillset around engagement and communication. We welcome any child aged 15 months–5 years, with autism, or a related communication difficulty – a complete formal diagnosis is not required.
About the service
Bernadett Rankasz – Head of Outreach
Since graduating as a Teacher of Health Sciences, Bernadett has been passionate about teaching children with special needs. She gained significant experience teaching in a wide range of educational settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and ASD units, becoming an outstanding teacher across all year groups. Most recently, she has been a Head of Primary Phase in a free special school for children with autism in south west London, moving a brand new school forward from the very first day.
Bernadett firmly believes that every child holds an innate potential to rise above their circumstances and succeed beyond expectation in life with the presence of empathy, equal opportunity and a supportive and competent multidisciplinary team. As Head of Outreach, leading the Early Years’ team, Bernadett now feels privileged to have the opportunity to witness even more children and young people with autism pursue growth and happiness in their educational setting and throughout life.
Sarah Larner – ABA Supervisor
Sarah joined BeyondAutism in September 2011 having worked in various capacities with children with autism prior to this. She joined as a Trainee ABA Tutor and worked her way through being a Class Leader to an ABA Supervisor across both Park House and Tram House Schools. In September 2018 she joined the Early Years Team as the ABA Supervisor.
Sarah completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Bangor University in September 2016 and became a BCBA in February 2018.
She is passionate about helping children and young people with autism succeed and achieve their maximum potential through learning communication strategies and gaining access and understanding within their local communities. Sarah loves seeing the progress that the pupils can make and celebrating these successes with parents and Tutors. She is particularly motivated working with young children and their parents, focusing on early intervention and getting consistency across all settings from a young age to allow children to grow and succeed.
Marta Martin Perteguer – Speech, Language and Communication Needs Teacher
Having children with autism in her family Marta knew from very early on that she wanted to dedicate herself to supporting children and young people with ASD and their families. She graduated as a SEN Teacher and completed two master degrees in Inclusive Education and ASD and Psychoeducational Intervention. Marta has worked with children and young adults with autism in different settings. Her latest role was in an autism specific primary school in south west London where she worked for over five years.
Marta has developed significant knowledge in Makaton, PECs, Podd and other language programmes to enable her to support pupils with a variety of communication methods. Marta teaches with a holistic approach, always celebrating her pupils’ personalities. She particularly enjoys developing an adaptable educational environment that ensures children thrive and succeed beyond expectations. Marta is particularly invested in parental mental health and supporting children and young people with autism to unlock their full potential and achieve happiness within their family units and communities.
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