Ruth has worked with children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions and developmental disabilities for over 20 years, taking on a range of roles in the UK, USA and Australia.
She qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University in 2002, and was certified as a Relationship Developmental Intervention (RDI) Consultant in 2013. She completed the Introductory and Advanced training in the Early Start Denver Model in June 2015, and is a Certified Early Start Denver Model Consultant. She is qualified to carry out ADOS 2 assessments and is certified in Makaton. Ruth has also received formal CPD training in a range of other approaches, including SCERTS, Pivotal Response Treatment, Social Thinking, DIR Floortime, PECS, Attention Autism, Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme, and PROMPT. She has completed Expert Witness Training through Bond Solon and Simpson Millar, and has experience of attending SENDIST Tribunals.
For 12 years, until August 2015, Ruth worked at Blossom House School, an independent school in London for children with speech, language and social communication difficulties. Within the school she took on a number of senior roles, including managing the Early Years provision for 3 years. In August 2015 she moved up to Suffolk with her husband Nick, to set up a centre for children with communication difficulties, and Low Farm Therapy Centre officially opened in Spring 2016, supporting many local families. Sadly, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in March 2020 and Low Farm officially closed in August 2020. Ruth is now working as an independent practitioner.
Ruth is on the Board of Trustees for Topcats, a local charity which provides activities and respite services for children and adults with additional needs. In her leisure time she loves spending time with animals, particularly her dogs Paddington and Bilbo. She has a Theatre Studies and English Literature degree, and continues to love reading and theatre visits, as well as treading the boards herself, most often at The Seagull Theatre.