About us

Meet the Solihull SEND Consultancy team

Solihull SEND Consultancy is managed by Helen Ingham who has an extensive knowledge of SEND. As an SEN teacher for over 8 years and completed IPSEA Level 1 online training, Helen set up the company over 2 years ago to try and make a difference to families in Solihull that were finding it more and more difficult to access the ever dwindling free services available to them. 


We currently support approximately 100 families across Solihull, Birmingham and Warwickshire, but are also available as a UK service. Many of the families we support trust our services and always know that we are only a call, text or email away. 


The services we provide are designed to support you in the process of supporting your child, from a meeting at school, requesting an EHCP assessment or mediation/tribunal. We aim to provide the advice that is best suited for your circumstances so that you can choose the route you wish to follow. Our support is available for you throughout your journey, for as little or as much as you need or want.


We have a 100% success rate of getting an EHCP assessment through parent requests, either within the 6 week legal timeframe or via Tribunal





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Becky Hearty Administrator

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Becky has 13 years of life experiences with her children who have ASD and complex needs. 

She has completed courses with The Centre of Excellence all achieved with a Distinction. Courses include Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Diploma, Autism Awareness Diploma, Special Educational Needs and Disability Diploma and Sensory Processing Disorder awareness  course. 

If you need to get in touch with Helen and unable to do so, Becky can help to pass on information to Helen to start getting you the support you need.

Natasha Compton Meeting Support

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Natasha has an MEd Masters in Autism from the University of Birmingham and a GNVQ in Health and Social Care, along with a BSc Psychology Degree. Natasha has completed IPSEA Levels 1,2 & 3 online training. 


Natasha has four children, three of which have confirmed additional needs including Autism, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Hypermobility. 

 
Natasha is an active Management Committee member of the Solihull Parent Carer Forum and has completed, designed, analysed and presented surveys based on Reasonable Adjustments to the LA SEND boards, Educational Psychologist Servicce, SISS, SENCo's and other professionals. 


Natasha is very passionate about families receiving the correct information around SEND as well as getting the support and provision that meets their needs. 


Natasha has gained valuable knowledge of the legal entitlements of children with SEND from her own EHCP journey and research and she is looking forward to putting this into practice in her new role working with Solihull SEND Consultancy.

JACKIE O'KELLY DLA/PIP SUPPORT

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Jackie has a background in occupational therapy and has worked for many years with children with additional needs including physical disability, learning disability and children with mental health issues. 


She has worked in clinics and hospital settings as well as for a local authority recommending aids,equipment and adaptations for children and young people with any type of additional need requiring modifications to their home or school environments.


Jackie worked as a disability adviser in the voluntary sector for a number of years and has previously worked for a large national disabled children’s charity covering the Midlands area. She supported parents and facilitated workshops on various topics such as sleep and behaviour.


Jackie has substantial experience of completing DLA and PIP application forms for children and young people aged 0-25 and she is able to advise on unsuccessful benefit applications which have either been refused or downgraded. Jackie is able to support parents to navigate their way through the complex appeals system which most parents naturally find quite daunting as well as off putting.


As well as having a sound awareness of disability benefits for children and young people, Jackie is very knowledgeable about where to find information on other local and national charities which may be able to provide additional financial assistance towards essential items at home such as white goods, holidays, iPad etc


Sharon Ingham SEND SUPPORT AND TUITION

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As an SEN Teacher for 14 years, Sharon has worked with children of all ages, with a range of special needs, from moderate to severe learning difficulties. 


Sharon found a passion for working with SEN children after volunteering at Fox Hollies School, where she went on to train to become a Teacher. 


Sharon worked at Hallmoor School for 12 years in the Primary department. She enjoys working with children, developing their confidence in their own abilities, and seeing them become more independent learners as their skills develop. 


Sharon has experience of EHCP Annual Reviews, Children in Need meetings and Team around the Family meetings.

KIM BARNES SEND SuPPORT, TUITION AND HYPNOTHERAPIST

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Kim is a qualified and experienced teacher who has mainly worked in SEN settings. She is passionate about helping people to maintain good mental health. 


During her teaching career she has counselled and coached many children and young people, equipping them with strategies and tools to cope with their specific challenges. However, there were times when she felt that she needed more. 


During a particularly difficult and stressful time in her own life Kim was offered hypnotherapy. The results were instant and long lasting. She realised that this was her ‘more’ and so decided to train as a hypnotherapist. 


Kim trained at Hypnotherapy West Midlands where she qualified as a Certified NLP Practitioner.


Kim also has a wide range of expertise in EHCP Annual Reviews, Child in Need Meetings and Team around the Family meetings.