Alta ASN

About Us

About the Director

Having begun working with children with additional needs as an SEN Auxiliary nearly two decades ago, then studying psychology and education at university, becoming qualified as a gymnastics coach and going on to be a qualified primary teacher, Elise Guthrie Stirling has a great deal of experience and enthusiasm for working with children who have additional needs. Since then, Elise has focused on the education and wellbeing of children with ASN and disabilities. Now, after teaching for more than a decade, including two years as a Support for Learning teacher and three years as an ASD teacher, Elise is one of the few professionals in Scotland to have achieved registration in ASN specific education for 3-18 year-olds.


MEd Inclusive Education (Autism)

MEd Pupil Support

PgCert 3-14 Physical Education

PgCert Primary Physical Education

PGDE Primary Education

BA General Education

Elise has accumulated a number of additional qualifications including Rebound Therapy, Freestyle Gymnastics, Pairs and Groups Gymnastics and Rebound Plus Trampolining, as well as practical certification such as First Aid for severe and complex needs and Moving and Handling with Hoist training. On top of sessions run by Elise, input can also be supported by a therapy assistant, and Alta has links with a number of independent professionals including Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Occupational Therapists, all of whom have worked personally with Elise’s family and come highly recommended.

Elise can provide developmental and educational assessments to anyone looking for such a service, including baseline assessments, progress checks, psychometric testing and skills / behaviour profiling. A multi-disciplinary approach is always welcomed, and Elise’s strong links with the ASN community provides an excellent basis for holistic support for your child.

Parents, carers, teachers and other professionals can benefit from training and workshops on an as-and-when basis on site or organised courses at a venue of your choosing. This is also suitable for charities and organisations who are supporting parents and carers, get in touch to arrange a bespoke programme to suit your organisation’s needs.

At Home

At home, Elise has two daughters with additional needs including autism and sensory issues. The name ‘Alta’ comes from the names of her two girls, she started the company for them and because of them. Elise knows the challenges that parents can have finding tailor-made support for their children, and that the ‘one size fits all’ approach to additional needs can be frustrating and fruitless.

It was being inspired by her girls that Elise decided to begin a venture into the multi-therapy approach to supporting children with autism and other additional needs.

Putting together her skills and experience in physical activity with ASN specialist teaching, as well as a wealth of experience putting together statements, forms and other disability administration through being a mum to her two special girls, Elise has lots to offer.

Any questions? Please get in touch and let us know.