About Clare


Clare Truman has been teaching for fourteen years and specialising in autism for twelve. 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 with a PDA profile who couldn’t access school. 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 exploring the educational experiences of children and young people with a PDA profile.

She is author of ‘The Teacher’s Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance: Essential Strategies for the Classroom’ published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2021.

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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