About Clare


Clare Truman has been teaching for twelve years and specialising in autism for nine. She is big sister to an autistic young man.

From 2017 to 2019, she was director of Spectrum Space Community Interest Company; a social enterprise and alternative education provision based in Surrey which specialised in supporting autistic children who display Pathological Demand Avoidance. She now provides distance learning packages for students with PDA who find it difficult to access school.

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 education.

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