Jen and Bernadette's Story

We are passionate autism professionals and experienced facilitators, bringing a total of over 30 years experience working with children with autism in education- and support settings, both in Europe and Australia.

ToolKids was born from our shared passion to promote a child’s learning, development, independence and wellbeing through building capacity in parents, teachers, educators and others involved.

Practical in our approach, we’re all about combining our theoretical knowledge with evidence based strategies, easy to implement by anyone involved with the child, anywhere and anytime.

BERNADETTE

BERNADETTE

CO-FOUNDER

With a background in Nursing (Developmental Disabilities) and over 20 years experience working with children and young adults with autism, intellectual disability and sensory impairments across different settings. Skilled in Positive Behaviour Support, I build on strengths, focusing on visually supporting communication and altering the environment to reflect the child’s sensory needs. I am passionate about empowering parents, valuing them as the true professionals in their child’s life. As a mother of two school age children I bring a realistic, down to earth perspective to my work.

You can find out more about my experience on LinkedIn

JEN

JEN

CO-FOUNDER

As a qualified Special Needs Teacher (BSc Psychology, MEd SpEd-autism, children), with over 12 years working with people with autism and their families in a variety of education and community settings. My practice is based on the principles of TEACCH- visual structure is embedded into everything I do. I’ve experienced first hand the difference that TEACCH makes in both an education and home environment. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience to build capacity in others and create an autism-inclusive culture.

You can find out more about my experience on LinkedIn

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