The SMART Family

The SMART Family

Melanie

Founder/Director – Head of SMART SEN

I am passionate about helping children and I’m passionate about the performing arts, from a personal perspective. I have read the statistics, researched for several years and spoken to many psychologists. It is known that children often gravitate towards the arts as a way to feel and be more like themselves. I have a 14 year daughter who has struggled through various performing arts groups, academies, schools and social groups all her life. I have seen first hand how children with any kind of need are pushed to one side, left broken and struggle to find provision for them, and then actually run by people who totally understand them, so that they can just enjoy having fun. 
I have been a foster parent, worked as teaching assistant, volunteered at schools, worked in nursery’s along with my 14 years experience of ASD, ADHD, OCD, Sensory Processing, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, PoTs, and severe anxieties. I also am a mentor, life coach and understand the importance of positivity. 
My role within Smart Performing Arts Academy is pastoral support which is to ensure that every individual is integrated, happy and having fun. I am the SEN Manger for all our SEN groups and activities and parents should feel safe knowing that I am on hand helping your children have fun in a safe nurturing environment. I also am the key person for organising our Parent Support groups, helping , sharing and signposting.
I am passionate about helping all children, they are all included in whatever SMART do, they are understand and provide them with strategies that work!