About our team

We are a multi-disciplinary team that has worked for years supporting learners and adults with additional needs as well as coaching parents and carers of learners with neurodiverse profiles and coaching neurodiverse and neurotypical adults to reach their goals in all areas of their life including their business and personal life. The majority of our team has lived experience of neurodiversity

Our experience in additional needs includes specific learning profiles related to autism, demand avoidance, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD, mild, moderate and profound learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory processing needs, and other difficulties such as school refusal in addition to mental health related needs such as anxiety and panic attacks

Silja Turville

Neurodiversity and educational specialist, neurodiversity and business coach and mentor

Silja helps families access the right educational support for their learner identified with additional needs and is an encouraging carer, neurodiversity, life and business coach. Silja has experienced first hand the shortages of provision and difficulties in obtaining funding for learners with additional needs

Silja has experience with supporting adults and children with ADHD, autism, demand avoidant profiles, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, sensory processing difficulties and speech, language and communication needs. Silja advises Talk Education regarding SEND and is the founder of a therapeutic programme for learners with communication needs

Silja has diplomas in special educational needs support and coaching as well as education sector qualifications including mental health first aid, as well as multi-agency safeguarding and safer recruitment training. Silja has training is completing a post graduate certificate in executive coaching at Henley Business School. Silja follows the International Coaching Federation’s code of practice for coaching and undergoes professional supervision.

Silja is the safeguarding lead for Acorn to Oak Education and can be contacted via email or on our main number with any questions, or safeguarding related concerns.

Email me: silja.turville@acorntooakeducation.org

Amy Appleby

Holistic therapist and supportive coach for carers, neurodiversity, life and business

Amy has an extensive commercial and entrepreneurial background stretching back 30 years, with more than half of that time undertaking roles supporting carers, people with chronic health conditions, dementia and a wide range of special educational needs

Amy has a City and Guilds adult teaching qualification, multiple therapeutic qualifications, a Masters in Development Studies and is a Professional Member of the CThA

Amy uses her holistic approach, incorporating her commercial, entrepreneurial and freelance experience along with a broad range of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness, stress management, and theatrical techniques to help each client become happier, healthier, more efficient and, therefore, more effective

Email me: team@acorntooakeducation.org

Charlotte Orton

Researcher and team organiser

Charlotte is a key member of the Acorn to Oak Education team researching specialist and mainstream educational provision across the UK as well as helping identify appropriate candidates for our team search mandates

Charlotte also organises and coordinates the team’s work, planning, priorities and administration arrangements in order to help ensure that clients receive the best care and input from our team

Charlotte understands the challenges that parents and families face and is passionate about supporting learners and adults with specific learning profiles and additional learning and health needs to achieve everything that they are able to

Email me: charlotte.orton@acorntooakeducation.org

Amanda Lecomber Porter

Specialist advisory teacher, coach, and educational trainer

Amanda has a wide ranging specialist educational and teaching background including advisory teaching with expertise in additional learning needs as well as emotional and mental health. Amanda is a trained Nurture Group Practitioner and qualified Forest School Leader

Amanda is a director of Neurodiversity Networks and a committee member at the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health special interest group for Neurodevelopmental Conditions. Amanda has a particular interest and expertise in ADHD

Other special interests include:
Emotionally based school avoidance (school refusal), mental health and wellbeing, trauma and neuroscience,
and complex emotional and behavioural needs/risk of exclusion

Email me: amanda.lecomber@acorntooakeducation.org

Kristin Ramsey

Counsellor

Kristin is a qualified counsellor and Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), adhering to their principles and standards of practice

Kristin offers counselling for individuals online, in Harley Street W1, London Bridge SE1, Hammersmith and Fulham SW6

Counselling offers time and space to discuss your situation and take support. Kristin’s aim is to help you understand your experience as fully as possible, to help bring clarity to thoughts and feelings, and to create an environment for exploring positive change

Kristin’s approach is based upon respect, non-judgement and strict confidentiality, forming a safe foundation for therapy. Kristin’s clients often feedback they feel heard and understood and the warm, collaborative space Kristin provides helps clients address challenges, heal, and make more satisfying decisions in their lives

Email me: counselling@acorntooakeducation.org to book an appointment

Michael Rawlinson

Coaching for life and work

Michael has extensive business leadership and management experience and has worked in the commercial and not for profit sectors over his 40+ years of work

Michael has been responsible for leading teams in large and small organisations where he has contributed to strategy and business development as well as being responsible for coaching and mentoring colleagues as needed

Michael is working to establish a specialist therapeutic programme for learners with speech, language and communication needs and is aware of the challenges faced by neurodiverse learners and their parents

Michael has completed the Chartered Management Institute’s level 7 Management & Leadership Diploma

Email me: team@acorntooakeducation.org