The founder of Affinity Skill Development, Emma Criss, is a professional with extensive experience working with young people.
Emma has worked in the secondary school context as an English and Inclusive Education teacher for over 20 years. Emma has worked very closely with individuals with autism and other social challenges. She lives on the Sunshine Coast and holds a Masters of Education (Inclusive Education), through the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Emma understands how difficult it can be for families and carers to navigate the school environment; Affinity Skill Development offers services including advocacy and learning support for students and parents/carers.
Emma is fully accredited by UCLA and trained by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson to deliver the PEERS® program in Australia for teenagers and young adults. Emma is passionate about embracing individual difference and accepting people for who they truly are. She is excited about working with young people to equip them with the social skills to improve their lives and build connections with others.
Affinity Skill Development acknowledges that when educators understand autism and other social challenges in the schooling context, inclusion is improved and there can be positive outcomes for all students. Affinity offers professional development sessions to help equip teachers with knowledge and strategies to engage students and improve equity in the school environment.
Emma's integrity, enthusiasm and dedication to equity drive Affinity Skill Development.
"Different, not less."
Mrs Emma Criss
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