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Coaching Client - What difference it has made?:   ‘More insight and confidence. Able to apply learning to practical living. Managing exhaustion is changing. I am achieving more such as tackling long term problems, going out alone, being sociable and enjoying it, feeling less shame, feeling understood, feeling validated.’

Family Member:

“My wife has significantly fewer melt downs and shut downs!!! The times of overwhelm are generally far less extreme and happen far less often. Fantastic for her as these were so utterly exhausting and demoralising”.

Coaching Client:  “[She] is doing fantastic in every way and we are approaching her official diagnosis date with a positive outlook.  I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of speaking to you and very touched that you have reached out to me now with your thoughtfulness.

Done some training with Sarah-Jane, but need something more? It's time to experience...

Individual 1:1 Coaching

Sarah-Jane is a fantastic coach! She always listened carefully and gave me clear responses, which led to various ways of helping me find the tools to navigate my autism in a neurotypical world.

Sarah-Jane taught in a very friendly and professional manner. She gave practical suggestions that we can use at home.


I'm looking forward to attending some more courses, to educate myself so that I can support my son.

I was fortunate to be able to engage in a group coaching course that was facilitated by Sarah Jane Critchley. The content of the course was very useful and extremely relevant to many aspects of my son's life. My son is 6 years old, he has an amazing sense of humour, he loves to play, sing and learn and he is Autistic. Many of the skills and strategies that I learnt on the course have enabled me to make positive changes that helped my son, at home and in the community, with his education, socialisation skills, health, well-being and welfare, including healthy eating, and in many other aspects of his development.


Working alongside Sarah Jane and the other members of the group via group coaching enabled a wide range of experiences, views and perspectives to be considered and discussed on a range of subjects that were very relevant to families with Autistic children, young people and adults.


Sarah-Jane is a kind, caring and compassionate individual. She is a skilled communicator and facilitator who is able to contribute from her own and many others lived experiences to the subjects that she is immensely knowledgeable about, such as Autism, Dyslexia, ADHA and a range of other neurodiverse conditions. All of this makes her and her courses and books valuable sources of information, advice and guidance.


Sarah-Jane is passionate about helping autistic people, their families, friends and supporters live more joyful lives of their own choosing. She is the internationally recognised author of ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More...’, speaker, consultant and coach.


She is a contributing author to ‘Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives’ Edited by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happe and Jo Egerton which was published by Routledge in March 2019; and jointly with her daughter, Elizabeth, in ‘Educating Girls on the Autism Spectrum’ edited by Dr Caroline Bond and Dr. Judith Hebron published by Jessica Kingsley in August 2019. She has written for Nursery World, SEN Magazine, Network Autism, Charity Finance and ICSA.   She has also written online training, ‘Introduction to Autism’ for AC Education to support adoptive and foster parents.


She is a keynote speaker and presented on autism education in China, Scotland, Italy and Greece as well as the UK. Her speaking clients include the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Times Educational Supplement (TES), NASEN, Autism Europe, Local Authorities and commercial organisations. Her You Tube Channel, A Different Joy, holds a wealth of resources available to all. Alongside these in-person engagements and delivering online webinars, Sarah-Jane is an experienced coach to autistic and neurodiverse people and their families. She is a regular contributor to the SENDCAST Podcast.


For over 10 years, Sarah-Jane was with the Autism Education Trust working with a range of stakeholders to improve educational provision for young people with autism and securing continuous funding from the UK Department for Education of £6m. She worked with the DfE and stakeholders to develop guidance on Exam accommodations, access arrangements and to report on changes to the exam papers in GCSE English and Maths to OFQUAL and guidance on Exclusions with the National Autistic Society. She has been instrumental in the development, monitoring and management of a number of workforce development programmes including the AET’s award-winning training reached over 207,000 education-based staff in England since 2012. Sarah-Jane was an influential member of the Transforming Autism Education project adapting the AET’s highly successful training programme to meet the context and needs of professionals in Italy and Greece funded by the EU ERASMUS programme.


She designed and delivered marketing programmes and training in the management of key clients for the Construction Industry. She worked on the business plan and management buy-out for the privatisation of a facilities management company and subsequently implemented sales and marketing programmes for the new company.  She has had extensive operational and facilities management experience including leadership of over 100 staff and an operational budget in excess of £17M. Sarah-Jane holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in the management of change from City University.


Sarah-Jane identifies as autistic and is the proud mother to two young adults (a late-diagnosed girl and boy) has been married to her husband for over 30 years. She shares her home with 2 aspie cats and an increasing number of coronavirus lockdown paintings. She is also a keen sailor, a singer and has a passion for personal development and lifelong learning.


The Different Joy approach combines the best in up to date research and good practice with a positive, respectful and practical approach to help autistic children, young people, their families, friends and and the professionals who support them, so they can speak their truths, honour the struggle and live calmer, happier lives of their own choosing.



Most coaching is based on expecting you to bring all of your own answers to the table. But what do you do when you are all out of solutions and need experience and expertise as well as a different perspective to take you through a period of transition?


Whether you are feeling stuck, or looking at a challenge you don't yet know how to deal with, I can use my personal and professional expertise to work with you to identify positive, constructive ways of moving forward into the life you want to live.


Different Joy Coaching brings:

  • Clarity

    get really clear on who you are, what you want and how to get there

  • Congruence

    Be consistent with the best you can be

  • Challenge

    Think bigger, think better, aim higher and plan your next steps

  • Camaraderie

    Don't struggle alone! To get ahead faster, speak to someone who has been there to walk alongside you


Haven't you struggled enough?  You have done brilliantly to get where you are now, but sometimes you need a little help to move you onto the next stage, to make it safe for you to try something new and take that next step. This is the beginning of a beautiful period of your life.


I have over 50 years of lived experience of being in a neurodiverse family with all of the ups and downs that entails!  I have also been incredibly fortunate and had access to resources, training and expertise that most people can only dream of.  I can turn decades of experience into days, so you can move forward quickly and safely in a way that respects your ability and right to choose your own life.


Sometimes you need to know that the person who is helping you has experienced some of what you are going through.  I wrote 'A Different Joy' for you, so that you wouldn't have to struggle the way I did. 


I have been incredibly fortunate and had access to resources, training and expertise that most parents can only dream of.  It is my dream and my responsibility to share that expertise so I can help you.


As a professional I have managed huge teams, worked on national and international programmes and worked with some of the best people in the world of Special Educational Needs.


I have worked in organisations big and small across a range of sectors, and am expert in finding practical, iimplementable solutions to the issues you are facing right now. 

What you get:

Have personal access to Sarah-Jane to support you as you work through the issues that you are facing right now and live a more joyful life.

To arrange 1:1 coaching or join the next group with Sarah-Jane,


  • 1:1 coaching, at a time to suit you and focus on the issues that matter most to you, making the most of your limited time and energy OR

  • Small group coaching​, learning with other families facing similar issues

  • Get 6 weeks of support, have time to make changes and be supported as you go. Add more blocks of six sessions only if you want support for longer

  • Tap into lived experience, for practical, workable solutions

  • Learn from the latest research as it applies to you  and the issues your are facing  right now

  • Payment options to suit you.  Pay each week, or choose to pay for all 6 sessions in one go and get a discount on the cost (or pay monthly for 1:1 clients with monthly sessions).

  • Fast-track access to help and support, starting as soon as you sign up.

  • Free membership of the Different Joy Club, be updated on ways to live better with autism, Dyslexia and ADHD with newsletters and FREE You Tube films on key topics.

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