I am an Autism Specialist Teacher based in London. Here is some more information about me:


asd teacher steph reed training outreach



  • I was a class teacher in a highly specialist school for children with autism as well as severe learning difficulties for 5 years
  • For 2 of those years, I also developed and delivered regular outreach support to mainstream primary schools, in order to develop staff understanding in autism and good practice
  • I created and provided tailored training on understanding autism to services such as Social Services, Youth Services, Transport Services and educational professionals.
  • I have been a new teacher mentor as well as a student teacher mentor through the ‘School Direct’ teacher-training programme
  • I taught mainstream primary for 2 years whilst running a nurture group focusing on developing social and emotional skills for selected pupils across the Early Years.
  • Before completing my teacher training, I supported children with autism on a 1:1 basis as a ‘Keyworker’ in a mainstream school with a specialist provision for autism and communication difficulties


ASD Teacher Steph Reed



  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with an early years specialism
  • Ba (Hons) in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies and Early Childhood Studies
  • Level 3 BILD LDAF programme on ‘Supporting People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder’


Additional training

  • The SCERTS Model for Autism (2012)
  • Introduction to TEACCH (2013)
  • Foundations for Successful Coaching (2014)
  • Introduction to Intensive Interaction (2014)
  • Makaton (2014)
  • BILD Positive Behaviour Support (2015)
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System Level 1 (2015)
  • Autism as Context Blindness (2015)
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection (2015)
  • Language of Emotions (2015)
  • Obtaining the Views and Opinions of Children and Young People with ASD and Learning Difficulties (2015)
  • Managing People (2016)
  • Attention Autism (2016)
  • Social Stories (2016)
  • ComFor Assessment (2017)
  • Middle Leadership Development Programme, Janet Wallace Consulting (2017)
  • Specialist Leader in Education Development (2017)


I have now begun the next chapter in my vision to share good autism practice and understanding by starting my personal and bespoke outreach and training service:


asd teacher outreach and training



Debbie Singer · August 15, 2015 at 12:28 am

Hi Steph! So nice to “meet” you! I just noticed the message that you had left for me on Twitter back in May. Sorry for the delay! I just saw your Facebook page and it’s wonderful, too. 🙂


sreed · August 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

Thank you Debbie!

You have a great website, looking forward to exploring more of it!

Richard Hirstwood · October 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

Just read your article about classroom design, loved it. Keep up the good work 🙂

Maddy · October 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Dear Steph,

I am a sixteen year old aspiring special needs teacher who has high functioning ASD. I go to a school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and am currently doing the full spectrum of GCSE’s. I was wondering if you had any advice on what would be the best courses/A-levels for me to do at college to prepare for the job. Also, what qualifications I would need, including university. Is it hard to become a special needs teacher? I have a severely autistic little brother who is non-verbal and I do some sign language and use PECS with him, so I’m hoping that that will help,

Many Thanks,


sreed · November 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Hi Maddy,

Wow you already have a huge amount of knowledge and experience!

You could either study Health and Social Care or Child Care at college, or you could study A Levels. If you do A Levels, I’d recommend studying psychology as one of the A levels.
I studied Health and Social Care at college and did an A level in psychology (2 years). This gave me enough points to go to uni where I studied a combined degree in special needs and inclusion studies and early childhood studies (3 years). I then followed this with a 1 year PGCE which gave me qualified teacher status.
At Uni, you could either do a teaching degree BEd (typically 4 years) or a general BA (3 years) followed by a 1 year teaching qualification. The 1 year teaching qualification could be uni based (PGCE) or school based (school direct).

If you want to talk further, send me an email on asdteacheronline@gmail.com

Steven Warnick · October 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Hi. I’m a first timer. Question: Are there additional considerations if I’m working with 8th and 9th grade students?

sreed · December 30, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Hi Steven,
Sorry for taking such a long time to respond, I had a problem with my emails, but that is now resolved! It’s best I’d say to take a personal/ individual approach. One strategy that works for 1 person may not work for another, no matter what age. I would say you are never to old to use visual strategies/ resources, they really help me! I’m a lover of mind maps/ colour coding and pictures! Trial and error of different strategies with the main focus of enabling a task to be completed as independently as possible. I hope that helps, Steph

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