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Catherine Routley Cert Ed, Dip SEN, ToD, MA, MSc is Director of Auditory Actions ( As head of a sensory service for many years, she has worked extensively with pupils with auditory processing difficulties, sensory difficulties and hearing impairment.2 Articles

Kristin M Krumm has been an occupational therapist in pediatrics at Archbishop Damiano School in New Jersey, USA, for over 15 years. She is involved in iPad grant writing and assists families with training and iPad setup. She has presented at ASAH and at Holy Family University, Pennsylvania.2 Articles

Rebecca Garratt is headteacher of Wyre Forest School, Kidderminster.1 Articles

Sam Flatman is an outdoor learning specialist and an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Play. Sam has been designing school playground equipment for the past 10 years and has a passion for outdoor education. He believes that outdoor learning is an essential part of child development, which should be integrated into the school curriculum at every opportunity. @samflatman1 Articles

Sandra Thistlethwaite, is a qualified specialist speech and language therapist (SSLT) with over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of AAC and AT. She currently works for Inclusive Technology where, as well as contributing to other software titles and products, she created and designed the Inclusive Eye Gaze Learning Curve and eyeMouse Play.1 Articles

Pete Sparkes is Artistic Director of Drake Music Scotland, the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities.1 Articles

Carolyn Blackburn has worked in a range of educational settings from early years to secondary and in both mainstream and special education. She has co-authored two books and numerous articles on FASD and given lectures about FASD to education, health and social care professionals, nationally and internationally.1 Articles

Andrew Sutton was once a psychologist, advocate for children’s and parents’ rights and student of Soviet education. In the 1980s he created awareness of Conductive Education in the UK and then helped spread this overseas. He also chaired the Editorial Board of the UK magazine Special Children. He now blogs, publishes, and still hopes for better times.1 Articles

Carol Allen is an Advisory Teacher ICT and SEND/Inclusion in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She is a regular presenter at conferences including ATiA.1 Articles

Dave Traxson is a chartered educational psychologist in the UK and a member of the committee of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Division of Educational and Child Psychologists. He contributed to the consultation on DSM-5 from the BPS (The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis, BPS, 2012) and is a regular contributor to the website Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives.1 Articles