I have known Lynn McCann in a professional capacity for at least 8 years. From meeting Lynn at educational conferences our friendship also developed to a personal level. Lynn is always my ‘go to’ person if I am ever in need of advice relating to Autism. I have worked alongside Lynn at conferences and have also invited her into school as a paid outside consultant.
I have known the company from its early beginnings and seen it grow to the company it now is. I have watched Lynn extend her client base, write books and provide resources and also employ several people.
I have personally had advice from Lynn when writing my own book. I have also invited her to share her expertise during SENexchange Twitter chats which have been joined by several hundreds of people interested in ASC and PDA. Lynn has developed and delivered courses such as ASC and girls, PDA, ASC and anxiety and many more.
In a professional capacity I am Professional Development leader for a special school in Blackpool. We have invited Lynn in to deliver whole school staff training for topics relating to ASC. These have included the use of visuals in the classroom, the use of social stories and also we have invited her to share her expertise on different strands of autism. Most recently she has delivered training to our school on the topic of PDA as we have pupils with this strand of ASC named in their profile.
During the recent Covid-19 health pandemic Lynn and her company have delivered several courses on ASC and she also provided one on PDA which our staff were keen to join. These were often delivered for free which is to Lynn’s credit. As a school we are happy that Lynn has delivered PDA training to us as we are comfortable with her approach. Lynn is knowledgeable, easy to listen to and very approachable. Nothing is too much trouble for Lynn. Her training is a combination of questions and answers and hands on which suits all the trainees. She has exceptional knowledge of PDA and is keen that staff who work with children who are diagnosed with PDA have all the information needed to help them.
I cannot recommend Lynn highly enough for her ASC training and in particular her PDA training. Lynn is an exceptional trainer who goes above and beyond what is expected of her to ensure everyone understands PDA.
Cherryl Drabble (BAHons, MA)
Cherryl Drabble, Deputy Head, Highfurlong School
“Working with Lynn is great! Her wealth of knowledge and experience is immense and she is a tremendous support to pupils, parents and staff. We are a small rural primary school with a significantly higher than average number of pupils on the Autistic Spectrum. These pupils all have very complex and unique needs and I believe they are very lucky to have Lynn working with them. We wouldn’t be without her!!
Emma Parkinson, SENCO, Stalmine Primary School.
“Lynn, thanks a lot for your practical, direct and positive teachings. I am so pleased I managed to join [The online training]!!! It’s ‘hands-on-stuff’ (stripped of all unnecessary and fancy academic complexity], down to basics, filled with examples and simple, yet important background information. The ‘WHY’ is often the key to memory retention as it makes the information received, applicable. Thanks for advocating honesty and respect in dealing with children.”