Neil has over 20 years’ experience working with people with autism, aged from 18 months to 65 years.
He was a registered teacher from 1990 to 2014 in England and New Zealand. Since 1993 he has taught children with Autism exclusively and he established the first centre for children with Aspergers Syndrome based on a mainstream school in Southern England. He came to Auckland in 2001 to support the teaching practice of students with Autism at Oaklynn School, West Auckland and in 2002 he set up and designed the first purpose built primary school centre for children with autism in New Zealand at Te AraHou, Glenavon School. Neil was an outreach teacher for Mainstream Schools and is often asked to advise on the inclusion of school children with autism through the Intensive Wraparound Service and he has worked closely with families through his work with the EarlyBird programme in which he is a Train the Trainer.
Neil has written several externally evaluated autism specific education programmes, including FANZ, Way to Play and Tilting the Seesaw and had engaged and collaborated with Learning Support at the Ministry of Education in Auckland to train early intervention teachers and speech language therapists on how to engage young children with autism. He has also developed a programme for early childhood teachers that has been used by SELO, Ministry of Education in Te Tai Tokerau, Auckland wide, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay/Tairawhiti. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and was selected to speak at APAC 2017, Asia Pacific Autism Conference.