Tom Silver BA

Tom Silver was born in Richmond Upon Thames, London in 1990.

In April 1994, he was diagnosed with a Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder, a hidden disability, which involves slower processing of language compared to the average person, that is linked to the Autism Spectrum.

Tom’s drive is to improve the life chances for people with autism spectrum conditions and believes that a clear understanding of the impact of a young person’s hidden disability can improve their life socially, academically and practically. The training he will provide identifies strategies for helping parents, professionals, employers and young people themselves with practical solutions to manage their disabilities, preparing them for adulthood.

Since he was fourteen years old, Tom has had a range of experience working with young people with hidden disabilities such as Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and High Functioning Autism at organisations such as The Bridge, Richmond Mencap, Afasic and Action Attainment. He also worked alongside an Occupational Therapist in a South-West London special school last year.

In March 2012, Tom Silver presented at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, where he talked candidly about his life experiences after being diagnosed. This was through the UK charity Afasic, which supports children with speech, language and communication needs. He has also given talks at special schools in South West London. Tom has been reviewed as an inspirational and open speaker on the subject of hidden disabilities.

Tom studied a BA Hons in Outdoor Adventure Management and French at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2013. His dissertation was based on the Participation of young people with autism spectrum conditions in outdoor activities. He chose this topic because inclusion, especially in sports and leisure activities really motivates him. He also explored what makes participation work by interviewing outdoor instructors, teachers and parents.   Tom has recently completed the Mental Wellbeing Train the  Trainer Award Level 4 (40 Credits).

Through Tom’s personal experience and his research, he believes that partnership between the individuals with a disability, teachers, parents, employers and other professionals is the best way forward.

Training objectives:

  • Understanding sensory integration is about:
  • Understanding needs, impacts on behaviour and how to increase availability for learning speech and language;
  • Understanding issues and strategies to sup-port behaviour and inclusion;
  • Guidance for the child at school, leisure and home.

Training Methods

  • Powerpoint presentation
  • Sensory exercises
  • Real life scenarios
  • Practical advice

Duration: 1 hour

Group size: maximum 25

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