Shades of Life is based in the Dorset/Hampshire/Wiltshire area (UK) and was set up by Gemma Bulcock – a registered Speech and Language Therapist, specialising in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and with additional training as a specialist yoga teacher.
Gemma has been working with children and young adults with ASD since 2004. In this time she has worked within the education, care and therapy services of residential ASD special schools, in homes with families delivering support and direct therapeutic intervention, and within the NHS assessing and supporting children in mainstream and specialist settings. Gemma currently works part time in the NHS as a Specialist (ASD) Speech and Language Therapist, and the rest of the time as a freelance therapist, consultant, trainer and yoga teacher. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in December 2017 with Distinction for the Degree of Master of Education in Special Education: Autism (Children).
Gemma is trained in various methods and interventions that can help individuals with autism and their families and supporters, including:
- Foundation & advanced level autism specialist
- 200 hour traditional Hatha yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance Professionals Member)
- Attention Autism advanced practitioner
- Intensive Interaction
- Makaton & Signalong (Signalong registered tutor)