Clare Caughey founded SENsations and leads the team. She worked as an educational psychologist for the Belfast Education Authority, prior to which she was a teacher in a special school for children with severe learning difficulties. Clare has an interest in Autism and learning difficulties (and she was an all-Ireland trainer for Middletown Centre for Autism, before leaving to set up SENsations). Clare is passionate about helping children, families and schools! She has two little girls at home, plus a husband and a crazy chocolate labrador!
This is our centre co-ordinator Sue! She is the lovely chatty lady who will talk to you on the phone, take your bookings for training/classes/assessments. She is the person who generally keeps us all in line, reminds us where to be, what to do and why we're doing it! Sue has two sons with special educational needs (in fact she came to work at SENsations after Clare assessed her two boys!!).
Leigh Magee is our lovely Speech and Language Therapist. Leigh returned to Northern Ireland having worked as an SLT in a residential school in England for children with learning difficulties and mental health problems. Leigh is currently on maternity leave, having just had a lovely baby boy!! Leigh is Clare's cousin, and together the girls form part of the multi-disciplinary team who provide Autism diagnostic assessment.
Dr Jude Hutchinson is an educational psychologist who has many years experience working with the Education Authority. She has a particular interest in working with young people who have challenging behaviour, and has experience in working in Alternative Education. Jude is a mummy herself and has two little ones (a girl and a boy) at home.
Helen Stewart is a key part of our team, and is our specialist teacher. Helen has 16 years of teaching experience in a school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties (including Autism, Down's Syndrome and physical/sensory disability). Helen runs our playgroup and early intervention programme for preschool children with Autism (Fleglings).
This is Sharon Lyttle! Sharon began working with Clare some years ago, and has been an important part of the journey towards making SENsations what it is today. Sharon is a behaviour therapist, with a degree in special educational needs and a masters degree in behaviour analysis. She works lots with children and young people who suffer from anxiety and low self-esteem. Sharon heads up Project Liberty (our youth programme), and carries out 1:1 support for children and young people with behaviour or anxiety/social issues. Sharon is one of those uniquely talented people who is able to put young people immediately at ease, so that they can discuss their difficulties openly and without judgement.
Jodie recently joined the SENsations team, and is an experienced behaviour therapist with a specialism in Autism and challenging behaviour. Jodie is originally from Scotland, but has lived and worked in Belfast for some time now, in settings such as special schools, respite services, and Applied Behaviour Analysis programmes. Jodie is friendly and chatty, as well as being highly skilled. She is an excellent asset to our team already!
Trevor is the newest member of our team. He is a fabulous classroom assistant, who has spent the last four years as a 1:1 assistant to a young person with Autism and severe learning difficulties. Trevor is our Balancability trainer, and contributes to all other aspects of daily life at SENsations, including playgroup, project liberty and Fledglings early intervention project. Trev has a son with Asperger's Syndrome and a son with Attention Deficit Disorder (he's also Clare's dad! SENsations is a bit of a family affair!).
The whole team at SENsations are friendly and approachable. We do all that we can to make every child and family member welcome to our centre, and to make people feel relaxed and comfortable, whether they are with us for assessment, training or 1:1 support. We are an experienced team who are happy to help in whatever way we can.