I have been interested in the human mind and mental pain, as well as how the mind can heal from emotional wounds, provided we can find the right kind of therapeutic and feelingful support from another genuinely interested person, since I was a teenager and experienced my own struggles of growing up, mental pain and feeling lost, and that of close-by family members.
Later I became fascinated by very early mental processes and autistic states of mind.
Making sense of AUTISM: Home consultations, workshops and training with Sibylle Janert
I have been interested in the human mind and mental pain, as well as how the mind can heal from emotional wounds, provided we can find the right kind of therapeutic and feelingful support from another genuinely interested person, since I was a teenager and experienced my own struggles of growing up, mental pain and feeling lost, and that of close-by family members. Later I became fascinated by very early mental processes and autistic states of mind.
I have been working with families and children for over 30 years, and developed MindBuilders’ Home Consultation Programme as the most comprehensive approach to supporting families. I also run workshops, activity sessions, training and study groups for parents and/or professionals on DIR* Floortime, PLAY Activities and Techniques, Functional Learning Waldon Method, and Treasure Basket sessions . some of these also as online courses, or in different parts of the UK, in Germany, India, Bangladesh, …
I am the author of several publications on autism ‘Reaching the young autistic child’, ‘Autism in the Family’ which is a picture book to encourage parents to talk about their child and the issue they face (co-authored with Merete Hawkins et al.). My most recent book is also a picture book that embraces the child with autism as a child with needs like any other for ordinary family life: ‘MindBuilders’ Play Manual: Playing with Babies – Playing in the Family – Playing and Autism’. It is full of illustrations and packed with practical ideas.
* DIR = Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based
If you would like to know more, have a look at my books and websites:
Areas I work with in relation to families dealing with autism:
- Autism, ASD, ‘Autistic Behaviours’
- Babies at risk of autism or with pre-autistic concerns
- Communication development: gestural, non-verbal and verbal
- Developmental Delay
- Home Visits
- Learning difficulties and difficulties with learning
- Short / Long term focus
- Social withdrawal
- Speech and Language Development
Qualifications and Training:
I am a psychologist, developmental practitioner and the first trained PLAY* Home Consultant in the UK with a DIR Floortime certificate and over 20 years of practical experience with families, children and autism as well as developmental delay and difficult behaviours. While commissioned to run an early autism intervention service in Tower Hamlets, I had the privilege to work with families from many different cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. My qualifications include an MA in the Psychology of Therapy and Counselling (Regents College), an MA in Infant Mental Health (Tavistock Clinic).
* PLAY = Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (Dr. Rick Solomon)
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
In English or German
Individuals, couples, groups
Home visits, review meetings, workshops, presentations, activity sessions
FREE Initial Phone Call
My hourly rate is £75
Home Consultations are normally 3 hours: Home Visit (2 hours) + Review Meeting (1 hour, usually at Barnsbury Therapy Rooms)
This may include: recommendations, interactive video-feedback regarding strategies, play activities, parenting, behaviour (as appropriate).
For more details on fees and for costs for workshops, training sessions, study groups vary: please contact me or see respective flyer/info.