The Sunflower Autism Consultancy was founded in 2019 by Clinical Director Julia Gudinchet to provide expert professional diagnosis and support to autistic children aged 1 to 18 years, and their parents.
Julia is a specialist autism consultant with more than 13 years experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Julia holds a Masters in Autism Studies from The University of Kent, Tizard Centre, and is currently pursuing accreditation to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Julia has experience working in mainstream schools, Special Needs schools, supported living facilities, as well as supporting children and their families at home.
Her specialist areas include supporting children and their families with challenging behaviour, and supporting children to overcome difficulties with communication, independent living skills and learning. Julia does this by training families to learn the techniques and strategies to cope with autism through the use of evidence based methods. These include: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behaviour Therapy (VBT), and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).
Using these techniques, Julia has helped many families overcome the obstacles of living with autism and has helped support many children with autism to integrate into mainstream schools.
Julia works with children with or without a diagnosis and can offer advice and support through this process.
Julia has a full, clean DBS enhanced certificate and has the ‘update service’ to allow online checks, with consent. She also holds a certificate in safeguarding training from the NSPCC and is a member of The National Autistic Society.
Julia lived and worked in Switzerland for 6 years and is fluent in french and can therefore offer services to French speaking families.
Sunflower Autism Consultancy (herein referred to as SAC)delivers support to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a private clinic and/or educational setting. It is owned and directed by Mrs Julia Gudinchet, who specialises in autism and is a member of the National Autistic Society and the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis.
SAC operates the following website: www.sunflowerautismconsultancy.co.uk.
SAC is committed to protecting the privacy of information provided by clients. Collection of personal data/Patient Identifiable Information (PII)
Information about your child may be collected over the phone or via email. Initial enquiries may also come through SAC’s Facebook page, but parents will be directed to give personal information via email / website thereafter.
After receiving parent’s consent, SAC may also liaise and share information with your child’s nursery/school, NHS/Speech and Language Therapists, childminders etc. This allows the best possible care for your child.
If an enquiry does not result in your child being seen by SAC then any personal information will be deleted/destroyed once your enquiry has been dealt with. If your child is subsequently seen by SAC these details may be added to their personal record.
Use of PII
PII collected by SAC’s website, email, phone or face to face is stored and used solely for the purposes of delivering your child’s support.
Unless we are required to do so by law, we will not disclose any personal information collected to any person.
We do not employ agents to process personal data, for example specialist mailing companies to send out communications. Data is ONLY used legitimately to support your child’s communication needs. SAC will not use your data in marketing. We will never sell client details to any third parties.
If you choose to follow SAC’s Facebook page, and make any comments or queries via this social media platform, we are not responsible for the data which you provide to this site. However, SAC do advise secure messaging or emailing if you have a specific query related to your child.
How we use PII
We use your information:
– To prepare, plan and provide assessment and therapy services to meet
the needs of your child.
– To communicate with you via post, email, telephone, mobile texts, What’s app (some parents prefer this method, particularly for sharing video content) and SMS in relation to:
*Confirming and preparing for appointments.
*General communication in between appointments.
*Sending you reports and programmes for your child. (Your child’s initials will be used to preserve confidentiality).
*Copying you into communications with other professionals involved with your child. (Your child’s initials will be used to preserve confidentiality).
*Sending you resources.
– For clinical audits and to improve our service. Results of these audits are always presented with all client details removed.
– For management and administration e.g. invoicing.
SAC will always remove personal identifiers (i.e. initials only in paper diary entries) where possible.
How we store PII
All information about you, your child and their assessment and/or therapy progress notes are stored securely on a password protected computer in password protected files. Documents which contain confidential information such as reports or targets will be shared with the child’s initials only. Any paper based confidential information is stored in a locked filing cabinet.
Videos may be taken of clients with parental consent. These are temporarily stored on the clinical directors device, which is password protected. These will then be viewed and analysed by the clinical director – notes will be written in relation to them within 24 hours of the session. The video will then be deleted.
The minimum amount of confidential information will be taken out of the SAC office base. Information which is taken out of the office base will be stored in the clinical directors work bag which is kept with her at all times
In accordance with the law, all records will be kept securely until your child is 25 years old. After this time all records relating to your child will be destroyed.
UK Data Protection Law and EU General Data Protection Regulations
Data Protection Law lays down wide-ranging rules, backed up by criminal sanctions, for the processing of information about identifiable, living individuals. It also gives individuals certain rights in relation to personal data held about them by others.
Our lawful basis for processing PII
Our lawful basis for processing and storing personal information is one of ‘legitimate interest’ (under article 6 of GDPR). We cannot adequately deliver a service to your child without processing their personal information. As it is both a necessity for our service delivery and of benefit to your child, we have a legitimate interest to process and store their data. Data relating to an individual’s health is classified as ‘Special Category Data’ under section 9 of the GDPR. The regulations specify that health professionals who are “legally bound to professional secrecy” may have a lawful basis for processing this data.
We are committed to maintaining the security and confidentiality of your child’s record. We actively implement security measures to ensure their information is safe, and audit these regularly. We will not release your personal details to any third party without first seeking your consent, unless this is allowed for or required by law. We are constantly working to ensure compliance with current data protection regulation.
Data protection legislation gives you, the parent, various rights. The most important of these are as follows:
• You have the right to a copy of information we hold about your child.
- You have the right to ask for your record to be amended if you believe that it is wrong.
If you have any further questions on how we use your information, please contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07949801744.