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Neurodiversity and Differentiation - Introduction – From Catrina Lowri, Founder of Neuroteachers and Specialist Teacher for Autism and Neurodiveristy

Neurodiversity and Differentiation - Introduction – From Catrina Lowri, Founder of Neuroteachers and Specialist Teacher for Autism and Neurodiveristy

Neurodiversity and Differentiation


-What is Neurodiversity?
-The most common forms of Neurodiveristy and how they effect learning
-The 9 most types of differentiation
-Pedological Tact- what is it and why is it useful
-Exemplar ‘Sophia’ and ‘red’
-Differentiation planning for Neurodivergent learners in your class

Learning Outcomes

-To understand neurodivergent conditions
-To understand differentiation
-To use the 9 types of differentiation to support neurodivergent learners

About Catrina Lowri- the Creator of Neuroteachers

Catrina Lowri is a qualified, special needs teacher and experienced SENDCO. She qualified with a secondary PGCE in German and History 21 years ago and worked as a Modern Languages teacher and then Head of German. It was whilst in this post that she met a year 8 student who changed her life. His name was Colin and he had autism and global delay. It was through her interactions with him, whilst teaching French that Catrina first became interested in his unique way of seeing the world.

That was 18 years ago. Ever since this teaching and learning experience Catrina has endeavoured to do all she could to support inclusion for autistic and neurodiverse children and young people. This has included working with several special and mainstream settings supporting children aged 2 - 18.

 In 2014 she completed a Masters in Autism. In 2016 she showed a poster at the NAS European Autism Conference. Catrina is passionate about inclusion and continually researches ways to promote this in mainstream settings. She was also a member of a team that won an award in 20 18 from the NAS for the high quality of its training.  In 2018 she had an article published in Good Autism Practice (GAP) Journal about preventing exclusion for a child with Extreme Demand Avoidance ( PDA / EDA) ,Autism and ADHD.


Catrina recently published her second paper to the GAP journal on Autism and Anxious non-attenders. This has been very well received and she has been asked to contribute to a book on the topic.

 Catrina is an Autism Education Trust Lead Trainer at both Early Years in North Somerset and an experienced trainer on the school aged courses.  She has also developed and delivered training on a wide variety of autism related issues.

Catrina recently worked on an Impact project with staff from the Autism Centre for Education and Research at University of Birmingham. This involves creating online resources aimed at school leaders to help prevent exclusion for autistic learners. In addition, she has become a Distance Learning trainer on the Master’s In Autism course at the University of Birmingham because of her work with anxious non-attenders. She supports NEET students and is involved in bespoke teaching packages at 2 local colleges.

She recently launched her website with a library of short ‘how to’ and explanation videos for educators. Catrina also writes and delivers online training and events for multi academy trusts, schools and training organisations.

Her passion for inclusion has led her to train as a specialist lead trainer for the Positive Regard Programme. This offers schools relational methodology to help reduce behaviours of concern. She will shortly be offering this training to settings in the South of England and Wales.

Catrina is neurodivergent herself, having the dual diagnosis of dyslexia and bipolar disorder. She talks openly about her experiences as an ND teacher and offers support to other educators with similar needs to her own. She believes that being taught by an ND teacher can offer learners a role model who has had similar experiences to their own. It also offers parents hope that their ND children can succeed and reach their full potential.

Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 10-02-2022 5:30 pm
Course End Date / Time 10-02-2022 6:30 pm
Registration Start Date 10-01-2022
Capacity 300
Cut off date 10-02-2022 5:30 pm
Fee Free
Select Hours 1
Speaker Catrina Lowri : qualified, special needs teacher and experienced SENDCO
Location Online Course
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