Mick Rimmington has worked with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) for nearly 20 years. Here's what he has to say about his work in the field of autism first began...
MA Autism Spectrum Disorders (with distinction)
MSc Professional Practice (with distinction)
BSc Behaviour Analysis and Intervention (first class)
QCF Level V Diploma - Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services
NVQ Level III - Caring for Children and Young People
"In 2002 I was working for a care agency as a support worker and was working a few shifts at a residential school for young people with ASC in the mid Cheshire area. I was asked to support a young man of around twelve and I found him sitting cross-legged on the floor in his bedroom. I sat next to him, but he did not respond to me, so I said hello and called his name - the young man just sat, with a peaceful look on his angelic face, smiling and giggling occasionally as he re-organised the collection of coloured blocks he had between his feet. I tried to talk to him but he either could not or did not want to respond to me. He appeared lost in the multi-coloured 3D shapes he was rotating and ordering...
...Stepping into his world I rotated two of the blocks in the opposite direction. He spun them back and laughed. I disorganised more blocks, and he looked at me and giggled profusely. Then smiling he rocked gently back and forth as he set about re-organising his blocks to exactly the same orientation and spacing that they were before. I jumbled the blocks again and again, each time (amongst fits of laughter) the blocks were returned to the precise arrangement that they were before. We played this game for nearly three hours and my fascination with autism began."
Mick has spent the years since providing help and support to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. He has worked closely with third sector organisations, including being one of the founders of the Cheshire based charity, Autism Inclusive. In 2012 he successfully gained an MA with distinction in Autism, followed closely by a first class honours degree in Behaviour Analysis and Intervention in 2016. In 2019, Mick gained a second Master Degree (MSc) with distinction in Professional Practice. Despite his educational background, Mick acknowledges that most of his learning about autism has come from the many hours he has spent listening to the experiences of people on the spectrum themselves.
MSc MA BSc BSc
Mick currently works as a lead behaviour therapist for a small autism specific care provider, where he is leading the development of a new type of specialist care service for indviduals on the autism spectrum who display significant patterns of behavioural concern. Mick is a keen proponent of the Positive Behaviour Support approach and is an associate consultant for the British Institute of Learning Disability (BILD). In his spare time Mick writes about autism and behaviour and has had papers peer-reviewed and published in the journals Good Autism Practice and Learning Disbility Practice