What it’s all about

Autism is easy to understand!

All living beings strive to unfold their inherent potential in the best possible way.
If unimpaired, this leads to the emergence of a coherent self of body and mind. With this self, we perceive ourselves and our environment, we process the absorbed information and act in the best possible way, according to our nature.

Autism is a highly complex process of development, only the tip of the iceberg is visible!
The cause is assumed to be an early disturbance in pregnancy. As a result, the entire further development proceeds qualitatively differently and with great differences, depending on the onset and strength of the impairment. For example, brain functions and even the brain anatomy are often organized untypically.

If we take up the brain physiological cause of autism and dovetail it with other theories, e.g. on early childhood development or communication, on the functioning of the brain or on the build-up of knowledge, a new view opens up: some things that previously seemed strange or inexplicable can now be understood and appreciated as personally meaningful and systemic development under difficult conditions.

The number of children who are described as autistic is increasing rapidly and it is my concern to investigate the reasons for this further.

My offer

Every human being is a multi-layered system and follows logical regularities in its development. All development processes take place simultaneously on different levels. If only a part of the original development plan is impaired, this has consequences in different areas.

We can learn to understand autism by making ourselves aware of these different levels and areas, explaining them and then classifying them in chronological order.

In generally understandable language and vividly supported by graphics, we work out the process of autism’s development. This includes a comparison of the unimpaired with the impaired course, an explanation for the wide range of symptoms as well as how compensation mechanisms develop.

My target groups are

  • Affected persons and their relatives,
  • Educators, curative nurses and teachers,
  • Students of special education/inclusive schooling, developmental neuropsychopathology and speech therapy,
  • all those interested.

In my lectures I impart basic knowledge that helps to understand autism. In my half-day and full-day training sessions we take up different aspects of the topic and work on them in depth, e.g.

I am interested in the exchange of knowledge and look forward to hearing from you at info@susanne-ott.com

I would be happy to arrange my fee personally for specific enquiries.

 

Furthermore, I am happy teaching life skills to youngsters and adults.

My expertise

The basis of my work is the systemic and holistic view of the human being as a unity of body and mind, which are directly interrelated through the heart, i.e. the emotions.

In a pictorial and memorable way, I convey fundamental background knowledge about autism to you, through which you become aware of this fundamentally different process. This results in a comprehensive understanding of and a new and appreciative view of those affected!

  • Basics and working methods of the human brain,
  • regularities in the impaired course of development,
  • To convey the role and the development of compensation mechanisms,
  • Knowledge transfer on different aspects of mirror neurons and language,
  • In-depth knowledge in the field of speech therapy pedagogy or developmental neuropsychopathology,
  • Teaching practical skills to improve the neuromotor apparatus, language or to train perception and senses.

Me, myself, I

For many years I was active in various fields of special needs education, mainly in youth and adult education. I lived and worked in Scotland for almost 15 years.

Based on my research work “Why verbs are green” on autism, I develop my lecture and training courses. Since this research project I have been particularly concerned with systemic approaches. My interest now is to share my knowledge with the teaching and care profession.

In the future I want to shed light on autism and make practical approaches known.

 

Professional qualifications and occupations

  • Special needs pedagogy, German and Educational Sciences at the University of Bremen (Prof. Feuser and Prof. Jantzen),
  • Teacher training at the Edinburgh Steiner Teacher Training Course,
  • Long term Employment at Garvald Community in the Borders Region of Scotland, amongst others, with autistic adolescents and adults,
  • Bakery and Arts & Crafts teacher in Garvald’s therapeutic setting

Publications

„Autismus und Spracherwerb anders denken!“ –
‘Autism and language aquisition – a new approach’
In: BEHINDERTENPÄDAGOGIK (2010), Heft 3, S. 268 – 283

„Warum Verben grün sind“ – ‘Why verbs are green’
2012, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main