Zoe Thompson

RDI® Certified Consultant

Location: Oberlin Cottage, Oberlin St, Greenacres, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL4 3HS, United Kingdom

Phone: 01457 878738

Areas Serviced: Zoe uses her RDI expertise with staff, pupils and parents at Bright Futures School and does not have the capacity to take on families outside of school commitments.

Languages: English

About Zoe

Zoe is Mum to two boys: Philip age 19 and Louis age 16. In 2010 she and her late husband Dixon Milburn set up Bright Futures School (BFS) after they couldn’t find a school locally for Philip, who has autism. BFS uses the principles and practice of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) to work on social and emotional development in autism. Zoe is employed at BFS as Head of Development, using her training as an RDI Consultant to support, train and supervise other staff in using the ‘guiding’ principles of RDI.

Zoe has previously worked in a health authority, a local authority and within the voluntary sector. She was also a Grants Officer for the Big Lottery Fund. She writes a blog called ‘Food for Thought’, where she shares footage of herself and other school staff working with school pupils, as well as writing about troubleshooting issues relating to health, education and social care for families of children with autism.

She describes herself as ‘a survivor of SEN tribunals & judicial reviews’ and uses what she has learned to help other parents to challenge services for appropriate provision. In December 2018, she and Philip took Philip’s case for social communication provision (in this case, RDI) to be included in his educational package to Tribunal. In February 2019, they found out that they had won their case. This is the first time social communication provision (specifically, RDI) has been deemed to be ‘educational’ in the UK and should help to pave the way for other families in England to make a similar case for their children.

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