The Autism Life Dogs Team are passionate about dogs and the incredible ways they can enhance the lives of children with additional needs.
Our qualified and experienced team come from a background of dog training and behaviour; human and animal-assisted therapy and education, with specialist knowledge of ASD and related intellectual developmental disabilities.
All team members are enhanced DBS checked (previously known as CRB).
Danielle is a therapist specialising in assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Conditions and Sensory Processing Disorder.
She developed the Autism Life Dog Therapy Programme as part of her Postgraduate in Autism Spectrum Condition at Sheffield Hallam University supervised by Professor Luke Beardon. Danielle also completed postgraduate study in Sensory Integration Therapy through Cardiff University, as well as being an assessment and diagnostic clinician qualified through the Autism Treatment Trust and the Institute for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. In addition she has a Diploma in Animal-Assisted Therapy.
Danielle was awarded the Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist Care Award for Services to Autism and more recently received a ‘Woman of Excellence’ award presented at the House of Lords.
Alexandra joined the team as a qualified canine behaviourist and has diplomas in Assistance Dog training and Animal-Assisted therapy.
Additionally, Alex has a background in education with experience and qualifications in children’s early years development and play therapy, specialising in autism and learning difficulties.
A keen dog-lover herself, Alex has a passion for how dogs can help children with special needs reach their full potential.
Amanda trained at the International Animal Behaviour Training College and is a qualified dog trainer specialising in autism assistance dog training. Amanda has a background and qualifications in early years, children and young people’s development.
With a son on the autism spectrum, Amanda brings a unique personal perspective knowing first-hand how life changing having an autism support dog has been for her son and family. She is passionate about bringing these special dogs together with other families with autism.
Rebecca comes to ALD with a BSc degree in Biology, a level 3 diploma in Canine Studies and a diploma in Canine Behavioural Training.
She is a volunteer Coordinator, Dog Assessor and Visitor with Pets as Therapy and is part of the Read2dogs Scheme with her Labrador Yvie an ex Guide Dog Puppy.
Having been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome when she was 15, she can empathise with the difficulties that children on the Autistic spectrum face and how a furry friend can make all the difference.