Yes, that is me – skydiving. Right outside my comfort zone – just about as far out as I could go. But, isn’t that where the fruit is – right out there on the limb? That’s where the learning in life happens; about ourselves and about others.
Above all things, I am the Mum of 4 delightful young men. Every day we enter the parenting adventure together and we live, laugh , learn, sometimes we cry… and keep moving forwards.
Since I can remember, I have been fascinated with words. How they’re used, where and when they’re used and the ultimate power they carry. So, being able to work with the spoken and written word to enter people’s lives and to be part of their story and journey is a gift.
My mission – personal and professional – is to help young people (mine and the families with whom I am privileged to work) to be the very best version of themselves that they can be. To have TOOLS that will equip them for life – with all of its ups and downs, twists and turns because I know that every life is precious and our training for life begins in the very early years. I want to be an agent for change, a voice for the voiceless and a beacon of hope for a better tomorrow. This passion is in every cell of my being and is expressed through all of the projects that fill my time.
I qualified in the early 90’s as a Speech Pathologist with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science (Hons). Working initially at Princess Margaret Hospital with both a developmental and medical focus, I moved into community health – which became about families, their systems and the impact on the children within those systems.
Moving to work in the UK, I took up a challenging position as a Senior Speech Pathologist in the south of Birmingham school system – providing therapy to children and education to therapists, families and educators. I lectured at the Bourneville College during that time too.
The importance of teaching good parenting practices and of teaching children the often hidden skills of social, emotional and learning success were becoming increasingly apparent. With a family of my own, the need for more acknowledgement of the family system in raising a child successfully became a point of focus. I opened a pre-kindergarten with a specialist language service coupled with a strong emphasis on parent education and empowerment – the very basis of raising a happy and well-adjusted child.
Further qualifications in Naturopathy and Homeopathy filled in my understanding of the mind body connection, followed by Psychology and Counseling, Parent Coaching, Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Alongside a busy private practice, I also worked as part of a social and emotional well-being team providing schools with a SEL program and staff training and as an accredited trainer for the Resilience Doughnut. But I wanted more – a highly practical program of work that could be undertaken wide-scale by educators and therapists, bringing social and emotional well-being into the spotlight. So in 2015 I partnered with Helen Davidson and co-wrote Little Highway Heroes (Early Years) and Highway Heroes (Primary Years) – now in hundreds of schools, in several countries, impacting thousands of children and their families.
In 25 years of varied practice as a therapist, I have had the privilege of being part of the journey of thousands of children and their families. I’ve educated, advocated, empowered, celebrated and wept with those families and their stories are what help me to stay the path and to work even harder to ensure that prevention is always better than the cure with mental health and wellbeing.
"Claire lives and breathes her message and her mission. She is a true advocate for children and parents everywhere and she's generous with her knowledge and resources. Just a moment with Claire makes you want to champion children, support their families and do more... be more.”