Why Jim Taylor?
What makes Jim different is his total focus on the Autism. Through addressing the impact of Autism and on placing an emphasis on developing each person’s strengths and potential, he believes that barriers can be overcome. He knows that a greater understanding of the individual and how Autism affects them will lead to an improvement in service provision and in life experiences. Based on his experiences over the last 35 years, he believes that lives can be changed positively.
Jim strives to improve the practice in services that unlocks opportunities for children or adults to learn, to achieve and to grow. One of the very first teachers in Scotland and the UK to work exclusively with pupils with Autism, Jim was closely involved in the early pioneering work, in the 1970s and 80s, in adapting educational thinking and teaching methods to the specific needs of children with Autism. Parents, professionals and young people with Autism themselves, credit him with supporting and enabling them to realise their full potential.
A 37 year career (so far!) in Education and in the field of Autism has led to Jim having a wide range of experience, from teaching children with Autism from preschool age right through to the transition into adulthood. He has also a wide range of experience in working with Services providing support to Adults. Jim has seen how significant progress can be made when positive, meaningful partnerships are made with individuals, families and professionals.
“All about the Autism”
Jim is very proud of the fact that many people have described his focus as being ‘all about the autism’. This focus has enabled Jim and those who work with him to overcome barriers such as attitudes, understanding, finance and politics in larger organisations. His expert knowledge, understanding and empathy have enabled many to benefit from his advice and support over the years. Jim’s focus on what it is that makes a difference, what matters to people with Autism and their families has enabled individuals, families and professionals to tackle issues and achieve the right support and fulfil the individual’s real potential.
Jim began his career as a Primary School teacher in 1976 before becoming one of the first teachers in Scotland to teach pupils with Autism when he was recruited by The Scottish Society for Children with Autism, now known as Scottish Autism. Promoted to Head Teacher in 1983, Jim was influential in the development of adapting the curriculum and teaching styles to the unique learning, communication and thinking styles of children with Autism. Ultimately, this led to the opening of the first bespoke school building for pupils with Autism. New Struan School – A Centre for Autism opened in 2005. The Centre provided a residential school for 42 pupils aged 5 to 18; The National Education Outreach Service; Family Support and Advisory Service; The National Diagnostic and Assessment Service.
Jim and his staff achieved a very high rating in the HMIe/ Care Commission Inspection in 2010. Amongst other areas rated Excellent in the Inspection, the school were particularly pleased to receive the Excellent rating in ‘ Meeting the needs of Learners’. The overall score was accepted as one of the highest ever ratings for a specialist residential school in Scotland.
This innovative service has undoubtedly influenced practice around Scotland and the UK.
Take a look here at Jim’s credentials in more detail.
Read the testimonials of what people think of Jim Taylor here.
NAS Services, North of England
NAS & Manchester Children’s Hospital
Ashley School, Widnes, Cheshire
An Independent School, North West England
School in Central Scotland
Supporting Autism Outreach Personnel in areas around the UK
Advisor in Autism to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy