"Enabling all children with autism to receive high quality services"


Who are we?

We are a group of independent professionals specialising in work with children and young people across the autism spectrum. We work individually or together, under the auspices of Autism Associates, to support children, families and schools or other settings.

Each member of Autism Associates is an experienced practitioner in the field who has worked at a leadership level in autism specific settings and offers their own particular specialism and expertise.

Phil Christie

Phil is a Consultant Child Psychologist with experience of diagnosis and assessment of children across the spectrum as well as having been Director of an autism specific school and service for 30 years. He also has a background in research, training and publications, with particular emphasis on very young children and those with a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome. Phil is vice chair of the board of the Autism Education Trust.

Linda Lyn-Cook

Linda is a registered Ofsted inspector with many years experience leading a local authority autism outreach service, providing consultancy and supporting whole school developments. She has extensive experience in developing and delivery of training materials for the Autism Education Trust and is also a visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

Suzanne Farrell

Suzanne has over 25 years experience of working with learners with complex needs within specialist settings. She has had responsibility for managing and developing curriculum and assessment procedures and for monitoring pupil outcomes across all key stages and ability levels. Suzanne has been involved in developing and delivering Autism Education Trust training and materials and is project leader for the development of the AET Autism Progression Framework commissioned to Autism Associates by the Autism Education Trust.

Ruth Fidler

Ruth has over 20 years experience as a teacher and Assistant Head in an all-age provision for children across the autism spectrum. She has experience of working at a leadership level developing good autism practice to meet the needs of an increasingly complex pupil profile. She is now an Educational Consultant with a specialism in complex autism, interactive approaches and emotional well being.