My name is Annemarie, I arrived in Leeds, West Yorkshire from Denmark almost 24 years ago.
I am the mother of three now quite big boys. They have taught me how to parent but also how NOT to parent. Especially the one in the middle who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and who I credit with the path my life has taken educationally and experientially.
Before he was diagnosed I was training to be a midwife but with autism came study leave, running a home-based behavioural intervention programme and a complete turnaround in where life was heading.
I became a mum of an autistic child but also a psychologist and a behaviourist with the insight of knowing what it feels like when life with your much loved child is a struggle. This, I believe, together with my qualifications in the behavioural psychological principles, is a very important qualification.
I have a firm understanding of how behaviour patterns are established. How we pick up habits and resolve to the same strategies over and over, even if, long-term they are in-effective.
My aim is to teach you to see how parent child interaction revolve around learned behaviour patterns on both parts and to understand how internal and external factors influence everyday interactions. Put simply; I want you to learn to take a step back. To see behaviour more objectively (with less emotion attached to it) and understand that what behaviour looks like and what it seeks to achieve, can be very different things.
Through coaching you will learn to recognise behaviour, however challenging you may find it, as a form of communication and be encouraged to establish parental control through positive changes without the use of naughty steps or time outs.