Passion for Playfulness
- Meet our Team -
Meet Kim Korpady
"For 16 years my work in the field of autism has taken me from school settings, to in-home therapy programmes, to working as an Autism Play Therapist, Group Teacher, and Global Education Specialist, specialising in Relationship-Based Play-Therapy. I am profoundly grateful for the honor of working (& playing!) with children, teenagers, and adults in the autism community with a range of diagnosis/dual diagnosis. Through the years I’ve worked with over 500 children and adults, supported families in their homes and worked in school systems.
A huge part of my passion for this work is supporting parents, and for 10 years I’ve taught, trained, and guided parents, providing in-home support, online consulting and training, whole family sessions, workshops and conferences. It’s truly a such a gift to hold hands with the families I work with! I will be forever grateful to each child and family, as their stories inspire me daily!”
Kim's Professional Trainings
2018: Became a mum to my own bundle of joy!
2010 - 2017: Worked as Global Education Specialist for an autism non-profit, speaking at conferences and panel discussions
2009: Licensed as a relationship-based play therapist
2005: Graduated in Early Childhood Development, Sweet Briar College, VA, USA
Meet Dr. Natty Triskel, BA (Hons) ClinPsyD MSc
Content Development Consultant
Hi, I’m Natty. I’m passionate about working with Jack and Autism Optimism International families, to bring all our knowledge and experience together so we can support you to become the best family and relationships you want to be.
I spent most of the 1980’s (my 20’s) working in community activism and development. I set up 2 charitable organisations, one supporting women who’d experienced sexual violence and one enabling people with learning difficulties to develop through creative activities. That’s where I first met Jack, when he came to volunteer with us as a teenager.
Then I trained as a Clinical Psychologist. I worked with adults who have mental health difficulties and their families, before moving into physical health services. As a Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist I ran a lifetime support service for people with visible differences, provided clinical and training support to teams working with people who have neurological impairments, and worked in trauma, oncology and pain management. I have learned from, and been honoured to work with, every client and colleague I’ve worked with
In 2010 I took early retirement, as my own health challenges made it increasingly difficult to juggle work, home and family. I carried on working very part-time, mainly using EMDR to support people with complex trauma, but after another 5 years I gave up my professional registrations and memberships. Now, I take on very occasional work projects, supporting colleagues through supervision and programme development.
It’s been great to work with Jack as Autism Optimism International has gone from being an exciting idea to a real, vibrant team and community of families. I’ve enjoyed working with Jack to develop programmes and courses, and I’m excited to meet more families. Some of you will already know me from my ‘please bear with me’ admin support emails – I thank you for your patience!
Natty's Professional Trainings
2011: Consultant in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
2009: Practitioner in EMDR
2004: Masters degree, Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
1997: Practitioner, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
1995: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
1992: First degree in Applied Psychology
Meet Ashley, Psychology BSc (Hons)
I spent the first eleven years of my career supporting various organisations with their administration needs, with roles ranging from within the Health Service to the early years sector. Whilst working in an early years setting, I found a real passion and excitement for the difference that can be made to families’ lives with the right support. I have three little ones of my own, and after having my middle son in 2018, I began volunteering within my local community as a breastfeeding peer supporter and I help to run our local feeding support group. I am now thrilled to be continuing my passion for supporting families (as well as my passion for organisation) as a part of the Autism Optimism International team!
I hold a level 2 Business Administration qualification, and I finished my Psychology BSc (Hons) degree in May 2020. My eldest son is autistic, so I can particularly relate to our families and the work of Autism Optimism International. I feel so privileged to be working alongside Jack, Kim, Natty and all the amazing families we support.