Healthy Possibilities is a New Zealand & Australian Autism consultancy, specialising in helping people to achieve their potential.
Based in Christchurch and Adelaide, Emma has also been a board member of the Aspire Trust and a member of AspieHelp, which aims to support adults with Aspergers into employment through mentoring. She is now on the executive committee of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) and a regular keynote speaker on a range of issues and research within autism, including gender, sexuality, resilience, mental health and well-being and interoception. Emma has a diagnosis of Aspergers.
With a background in education, Emma is passionate about the need to educate others to ensure that people on the autistic spectrum are able to not only achieve their potentials, but to live happy lives.
Emma is a skilled and experienced special needs teacher and consultant. Having completed her doctoral research into the effective teaching of students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream education, Emma is passionate about the ability of autistic children and young people to gain skills and knowledge. Emma also has a Masters in special education, a BEd hons as well as Montessori pre-school and school teaching qualifications. She has worked in pre-schools, schools, and as an educational consultant and advisor in Europe and New Zealand, including for the NZ Ministry of Education and is currently the Senior Autism Advisor for the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development.
Dr Jane Nugent is an author, lecturer, public speaker and General Practitioner with special interests and lots of experience working successfully with autistics of all ages to maximise their health outcomes.
PhD, MA Ed, Adv dip SEN, BEd hons, Mont dip.