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Denise Edwards is a founder and Director of IDEAS CIC. She is a qualified teacher and counsellor.
As a teacher, she specialised in working with students who have learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia, autism and behavioural difficulties and has post graduate qualifications in these areas.
As a counsellor Denise has worked privately and for the NHS. She currently works using Solution Focused Therapy with adults newly diagnosed with autism .
She is the author of ‘Providing Practical support for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder’ published by Jessica Kingsley, which is based on her experiences as a professional and as the mother of an autistic son.
Pauline Counsell is a Director of IDEAS. She has an adult autistic son. She is a founder member of, and plays a major role in running, TESC (Tuesday Evening social Club).
Emma Loughlin is on the autistic spectrum. She is a presenter on the awareness training and really brings the subject to life. She lives in flat with her dog, Jack. She volunteers in a charity shop and gives talks about living with autism.
Jan Domleo is a Director of IDEAS. She has had 30 years experience of autism through family members and others in the wider society. She helps to run the social clubs on a weekly basis. In addition she helps to run the Peer Support Group at Cotton Court in Preston.