Lucy Rodgers, Family Liaison Officer
I entered the ‘world of autism’ when my youngest son Harry was diagnosed at the age of 2. In his early years I relied heavily on luck to find the support I needed which led me to become involved with a local support group, helping set up a branch of the NAS and lobbying my MP to raise awareness of autism. As Harry reaches adulthood, it has been a long, interesting and sometimes very frustrating journey to try and secure the best possible placement for him but it also means I have become very familiar with the complex process of our SEN system; whether Statements, EHCPs, school reviews, school transfers, understanding the benefits system or funding issues.
My determination that other parents/ carers should have a positive experience and feel fully supported by their school for their child with autism is what led me to my current professional role as a Family Liaison Officer at Eagle House School (Mitcham). I work as part of a team providing support to parents on issues such as the EHCP process, providing practical advice on how to cope at home and signposting where to find further support.
I enjoy being able to support parents and carers using my own experience and knowledge. Sometimes it is just a case of listening as someone who understands what they are going through. One of my greatest pleasures, though, is taking parents around both of our schools to meet our children and young people and seeing how they thrive and progress in an environment which understands their needs.