About Jenny Maher
Me with my sons Stephen and Ciaran
I’m a mum of two children with special needs, aged ten and seven. My oldest son, Ciaran, has autism, ADHD and epilepsy. He goes to a special school and receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with higher rate care and higher rate mobility components. Ciaran also has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and an NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) package. He accesses several short break facilities and we also receive a care package from social services.
Stephen has autism, ADHD and hypermobility. He also has an EHCP, but currently attends a mainstream school. We are in the process of trying to move him to a learning and cognition resource base.
My previous work roles have included Regional Officer for Cerebra (a charity for children with brain conditions) and Case Co-ordinator for Autism West Midlands. These posts involved giving advice on the Special Educational Needs system, filling out DLA & PIP forms, giving advice on short breaks and care packages. I also organised workshops and days out, such as this one to Think Tank in Birmingham: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/tag/jenny-maher/
Parents and carers of children and young adults with special needs enjoy working with me because I understand their point of view. I’m a professional who is also a special needs mum so I ‘get it’. I'm not easily shocked and I won’t be judgemental. I want what’s best for you and your family.
I have a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Expressive English & Social and Applied Psychology, Level 2 certificate in counselling and have received training in autism and safeguarding vulnerable children and adults. I am currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Studies.
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