My name is Gela Griffiths and I am the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adenydd. I am a retired Headteacher of a Special School and I have also been a Foster Carer. I am ‘mum’ to a young man with complex needs resulting from developmental trauma and FAS. It was bringing my son home that started me on my journey of learning about developmental trauma and searching for interventions and therapies that could help both him and us as a family.
I manage the day-to-day running of the charity as well as delivering the projects that we run. Our projects are built around the principles of Theraplay®, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP) and Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI).
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I am Sue Pilcher and the Development Officer for Adenydd. I am a retired Primary School Headteacher and since 2018 I have completed training in Theraplay® Level 1 and the MIM, DDP Level 1, Sensory Attachment Intervention Level 1 and the Just Right State Programme. I have developed our schools-based work including small group interventions based on Theraplay Sunshine Circles and sensory regulation.
I wish I had known when I was a headteacher what I know now! It is great to be able to share strategies that actually work with school staff, practitioners and families.