Catrina Lowri is a qualified special needs teacher and experienced SENCO. She recently launched her website ‘Neuroteachers’ which offers a library of short ‘how to’ and explanation videos for educators. Catrina also writes and delivers online training and events for multi academy trusts, businesses, schools and training organisations.
Her passion for inclusion has led her to train as a specialist lead trainer for the Positive Regard Programme. This offers schools relational methodology to help reduce behaviours of concern. She will shortly be offering this training to settings in the South of England and Wales.
Catrina recently worked on an Impact Project with staff from the Autism Centre for Education and Research at University of Birmingham, creating online resources aimed at school leaders to help prevent exclusion for autistic learners. She has become a distance learning trainer on the Master’s In Autism course at the University of Birmingham due to her work with anxious non-attenders.
Catrina is an Autism Education Trust Lead Trainer in North Somerset. She runs the ASK (Autism and Social Communication) project, employing 4 autistic trainers. She has had several articles published in the Good Autism Practice (GAP) journal, and has collaborated on award-winning training. Catrina qualified with a secondary PGCE in German and history some 22 years ago, and initially worked as a modern languages teacher and then head of German. In 2014 she completed a Master’s in Autism.
Catrina is neurodivergent herself, having the dual diagnosis of dyslexia and bipolar disorder. She talks openly about her experiences as an ND teacher and offers support to other educators with similar needs to her own. She believes that being taught by an ND teacher can offer learners a role model who has had similar experiences to their own. It also offers parents hope that their ND children can succeed and reach their full potential.See more from Catrina Lowri