About Clare


Clare Truman has been teaching for eleven years and specialising in autism for eight.

In January 2017, she established Spectrum Space Community Interest Company, a social enterprise and alternative education provision based in Surrey which specialises in supporting autistic children who display Pathological Demand Avoidance. She is also big sister to an autistic young man.


Clare is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at UCL London. Her research compares the educational experiences of autistic children with and without a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance. Prior to this she completed her BA in Education Studies at Cambridge University and her PGCE and MA at the Institute of Education in London. Both in teaching and research her main interest is supporting those children whose complex autism makes it difficult to access school.

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