Autism Outreach is run by Dr. John Biddulph. John is a specialist provider of autism and Asperger Syndrome (ASD) training, courses, mentoring, and counselling. For the past 9 years he has been a freelance autism consultant and trainer including a specialist autism and music programme. John is a visiting tutor for a Postgraduate Certificate course in Asperger Syndrome run jointly by the NAS and Sheffield Hallam University and an undergraduate course in Psychology. He is an external examiner for PhD studies in autism.
John has delivered training in most EU member states and is in demand as a speaker at autism and other conferences on a wide range of autism-related subjects. His work has been published: as a composer; writer on autism; author of a children’s book, and technology courseware for the Open University. Compositions entitled ‘The Nautilus Project’, to facilitate sensory integration and ‘Galilean Moons’ are now available as iTunes downloads. John was a member of the Autism Education Trust Advisory Council and Steering Group for 3 years. Currently, he is working on the production of a sensory differences toolkit designed for use by professionals and families for release in 2014. He has recently developed and piloted a programme to support autistic children, adults and families which includes a self-awareness element, develops a family support network and provides opportunities to develop ‘literacy’ for daily living.
John holds first degrees in music and art history, a master’s degree researching creativity using ICT for children with special educational needs and a PhD from Trinity College researching autism and learning technologies. He is also qualified in the autism (ADI-R) diagnostic pathway. He is a qualified teacher, ECB Level II cricket coach and, by his own admission, a terrible dancer.
John’s professional expertise in autism has the added benefit of being focused through the prism of his own diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. His own story is told (in part) through a multi-media CD entitled ‘I was expecting someone taller’.