Kate Silver is a Speech and Language Therapist, who qualified with a degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1985. Since then, she has been working with people with autism of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, making autism her area of speciality in 1988. Kate has worked alongside parents, teachers, health professionals and support workers to develop the communication skills of people with autism. She has also worked with pupils in mainstream schools, MLD and SLD schools, and specialist schools for pupils with ASD. Autism Initiatives has, since 1974, sought to respond to the needs of individuals with ASD, their families and carers. They provide a range of services for adults and children in various parts of the UK. They seek to offer lifelong learning opportunities to each person, addressing the areas of communication, social interaction and flexibility of thought, throughout their daily lives, enabling each person to fulfil their personal goals. For further information about the Autism Initiatives, visit their website at www.autisminitiatives.org.