David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. was trained in the psychology of teaching, learning & development, having been trained previously as a mathematics tutor in a further education college. Prior to this, he trained as an electronic and mechanical engineering technician. He has experience of work in communication difficulties from internships at a special school, a further education college and in a medical physics & clinical engineering department. During his life in Finland, he has lectured and given talks in universities and research centres up and down the country, and was asked to design and deliver a training course to a group of people working in a provincial disability foundation research project. He has also tutored prvately in mathematics, physics, and electronic & mechanical engineering; and he is currently engaged occasionally in lecturing on specific topics in applied psychology, applied research methods and fundamental statistics for field/case workers. His main work interests as a psycho-educational consultant include: autism, specific learning difficulties, attentional/stillness difficulties, pain management and organisational cultures. With his ex-wife, who remains his best colleague and one of his best friends, David has authored a teaching text on the topic of ascertaining authenticity of authorship in Facilitated Communication using elementary scientific methods and statistical techniques.
Upon graduation from Birmingham, he commenced an internship as psycho-educational consultant for Autspect Education Tmi, after which he completed work placements with the national autism organisation and a local social psychiatry unit. David has published occasional articles on autism-related issues in Autismilehti and Good Autism Practice, amongst other journals. He contributed a chapter to Dinah Murray’s ‘Coming Out Asperger’, dealing with experience of mental health issues as a result of non-diagnosis: David is himself autistic, dyslexic and dyspraxic, having been assessed in Britain as being 40% handicapped “for all social contact, learning and expressions by speech and writing”. Despite these difficulties, David gained his degree of Master of Education – with Distinction – from the University of Birmingham (where he specialised in autism issues), after which he pursued studies in educational & organisational psycho-anthropology/ethno-psychology in a Finnish polytechnic (where he did his development project on understanding autism from a cultural perspective). These additional studies culminated in the award of a Certificate of Professional Specialisation in Education, from Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.
Before matriculation into the University of Birmingham, David managed to collect a respectable amount of study credit at a number of universities in both the UK and Finland (Leeds, Open, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and Jyväskylä), finally leaving the University of Oulu with accumulated study credit of 180 ECTS points: the equivalent study credit for a Bachelor of Arts degree. His subjects were applicable psychology (90 ECTS), mathematical sciences (45 ECTS), archaeology (30 ECTS) and Finnish language for beginners (15 ECTS), with his best results in applicable psychology.