Your support has been great for my son, he responds in a completely different way, so much that no-one can tell that he has autism anymore. You can have a conversation with him, he'll ask interesting questions, and I've noticed he's working hard to fit in and learn more. Also he wants to try harder to learn in every aspect, he's even started watching videos about his condition, he wants to know about everything! We are amazed by him everyday. Your support for him to open up a bit more has been amazing, I'd  just like to say thanks again for your help.
Fatma Aktug
Fatma Aktug

The staff training day Andrew designed and led, ‘Tuning into Autism’ gave staff the space to think, talk and share their knowledge and anxieties in this area and really inspired alternative ideas and strategies for engaging autistic children at our school. The whole staff team felt very positive that the day signalled the start of a process or journey that will deepen their understanding of autism medically, socially and as a way of being and so improve provision.
Hina Shah
Hina Shah
Head Teacher, Earlsmead Primary School, London, N15

I have known Andrew and the scope of his work for several years. Springing from philosophical, therapeutic roots alongside his experience and ability as an actor and father, Andrew brings aspects of his own story to the grief process of others making their way through bereavement and loss. Imagination and play are vital tools in his work with children, enabling them to see difficulties through play or role exploration. Andrew has written for the Sesame Institute Journal and has also presented his research ideas at the Sesame Institute Research Forum. His work is valuable, daring and original
Mary Smail
Mary Smail
Psychotherapist UKCP, Dramatherapist HPC

Andrew worked as a drama therapist with a child on the autism spectrum during the year 2010-2011. Andrew worked at Yiewsley Grange (Hillingdon Manor) at the time and I was teaching the pupil. A referral was given from me to the therapy department for someone to work with the pupil to help target his rigidity in routine and his challenging behaviours. Andrew was chosen to deliver a therapeutic intervention to the pupil across the whole academic year. The pupil found it extremely hard to make relationships with and trust others so Andrew worked closely with the pupil to establish a trusting relationship.

The great thing was to see the pupil open up and start to respond to changes in his structure and routine in a positive way. In particular the pupil opened up and was communicating more as a result of this therapeutic intervention. The pupil became very relaxed in his manner and most of the factors that would affect him daily would not trigger his behaviours as much than in his initial stages in the classroom in September 2010. The pupil enjoyed coming to school and started to contribute to all areas of the curriculum which was an extreme difficulty for him in the beginning of his education.

Nicola Braund
Nicola Braund
School Teacher, Hillingdon Manor School, London

Dramatherapy has provided my pupils with an avenue for release, the main advantage being that they can act out how they feel rather than try to find the right words to express some very difficult, deep rooted emotions. Many pupils have found the sessions cathartic and it has provided them with the means to cope better in all sorts of situations. Dramatherapy has been particularly successful when preparing pupils to return to a mainstream school.I know I speak for pupils, parents and schools when I say that I am very grateful'.
Ms Laurie Cornwell
Ms Laurie Cornwell
Headteacher, Hillingdon Tuition Centre, West Drayton, Middlesex

Andrew has delivered therapeutic bereavement group work and 1:1 sessions for pupils of The London Academy regularly since 2008. Pupils are referred following a family bereavement. A space is provided for pupils to discuss their bereavement and enter into a therapeutic process, which allows for their loss to be integrated and to continue their progress at school. The bereavement work has allowed many pupils to share often difficult feelings and thoughts in a safe, constructive and creative way.
Ms Anglea Trigg
Ms Anglea Trigg
Executive Principle, The London Academy, Edgware

My first session with Andrew was just after I had undergone other forms of therapy, so I was rather sceptical entering the room. A few sessions in and I actually started to have fun within the sessions while still getting the theraputic release. Andrew is very professional and built a brilliant rapport with me and this helped me to trust him and open up to him. I am now at University, studying acting. The sessions with Andrew really helped me inform my decision to do acting. I would recommend Andrew to anyone looking to undergo dramatherapy, his warm approach and personality shines through in his work. A real pleasure to work with.
A former client
A former client
(aged 16 at the time of therapy)

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