About Shelley Natt

I set up Communication Train after practising as a Speech and Language Therapist for many years. I qualified in 2007 from the University of Central England (now Birmingham City). I also completed a Masters in Special Education: Autism (children) from the University of Birmingham in 2015. My masters dissertation is referenced in the book “Adult Interactive Style Intervention and Participatory Research Designs in Autism: Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Practice” by Dr Lila Kossyvaki.

I have worked in both the private sector and NHS across a variety of settings; including clinics, nurseries and children’s centres, mainstream and special schools, specialist resource provisions and clients’ homes.

I have extensive experience in delivering training to parents and education professionals and am a qualified Early Bird Plus trainer (a course for parents designed and delivered by the National Autistic Society).

I have also undertaken a number of further training courses to continue my professional development, including:

  • Attention Autism
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2)
  • Building Children’s Self-esteem
  • Early Bird Plus (National Autistic Society)
  • Gestalt Language Development and Natural Language Acquisition (Meaningful Speech)
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Language of Emotions
  • Language Choices and Into Inference (Wendy Rinaldi)
  • Makaton (foundation and enhanced)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional support)
  • Solution-focused Brief Therapy
  • Talkabout Social Skills and Relationship Skills
  • 3di (The developmental, dimensional and diagnostic interview)
  • Social Thinking
  • Brief Observation of Symptoms of Autism (BOSA)
  • Coventry Grid
  • Assessing ADHD in Children and Young People

Contact me

I work with children and young people with a wide range of communication needs between the ages of 2 and 18 years. My specialism is working with children with autism and associated difficulties with language and social communication. Whatever service you require, please get in touch, as I will always help direct you to another specialist if I feel your needs are not within my area of expertise.

Call me: 07515 419140