There is some feedback scattered throughout the website, but I will gradually collect more of it in this one place. Below is some feedback from courses attended by therapists, autistic adults and parents of autistic offspring, then a short video offeedback from a parent.
"Good mix of theoretical, latest research, historical context, pitfalls, anedotal, reading suggestions, practical excercises"
"Caroline knows her stuff and delivers it with passion and humour."
"I found Caroline's training good quality, challenging, and providing plenty of food for thought. Caroline is hugely knowledgeable, and grounded in the experience of being on the spectrum herself. I gained a lot from the experience."
Kate Stonehouse, Family support team leader
“It was very informative and I found the experiential component particularly interesting inconveying some experience of issues facing autistic people. It also helped to really highlight the diversity that exists between autistic individuals.
I found the mixed group worked really well for me offering a diverse range of experience and perspective. I learnt from autistic members of the group why eye contact can be avoided during social interaction in order to maintain focus on the conversation – additionally how much I rely on non-verbal cues in conversation.”
“I found the mix of participants very helpful. The day flew by and I found it very interesting and thought provoking”
“Very interesting, lots of examples to which I could relate. Very useful to talk to others, both similar to my situation and counsellors/parents. It is useful to pick up that one can go through life and not even suspect autism, until a problem or series of problems highlights particular traits “
“Thank you for a very interesting day on Saturday. For me, I think the most beneficial thing was the quotes from autistic individuals. The more of these accounts I hear, the more I find to identify with and the more accepting I can be of my autism.”
“I like the mix of the group. Especially adult autistics to know that a young child can live a normal life”
"Many thanks for the excellent day on Saturday. I came away so hopeful for my son and encouraged for the seemingly increasing numbers of autistic people who are having to live in a (currently) NT-dominated world. The key has to be understanding and you have definitely moved me – and others on the course too I am sure – on. So a big thank you!"
Participants on courses at Reading Voluntary Action February and March 2015
"My son has become wonderfully empowered since the workshop, and only tonight he mentioned again, how he feels freed up to be himself and has been standing up for himself. He has given himself permission to be himself. And I am overjoyed.
It has long been a habit of mine to speak for him but now I don't need to"
Mother of a young man who came to "Introducing invisible autism"
"Thank you for running your course, it's such a great help for someone like me. It doesn't clear the fog, but it gave me a better understanding of it.
Self-identified autistic woman City Lit 2015
I enjoyed every asapect of this course and would like to study the subject further. caroline Hearst explained and dmosntrated the subject so well. the mix in this class with autistic people and non autistic peol helped so much. It also helps my understanding of the situationj with autistic people including my friends. I'm so glad I attended.
Tutor has a very good understanding of her subject and she presented the information in a clear way. The group work helped the learning process and provided a change in my learning experience.
Participants City Lit 2014