​​​A​S​P I​Elutely Fabulous​​

​About Us

We are a diverse trio formed of an autistic public speaker, a chartered clinical psychologist
and a speech and language therarpist.

We had worked a number of jobs togther as colleagues,
we instantly had a great working rapport with one another
and it wasn't long until we became friends too.
We quickly realised we made a truly unique team!

We discovered we had a golden opportunity and real potential here​ to really make a genuine difference
in furthering the understanding and acceptance of autism
if we pooled together both our personal and professional resources.

And so we did and ASPIElutely Fabulous was born.

We are quite unlike any ordinary autism consultancy or training team
as together we are able to offer multidimensional delivery and perspectives
that segway seemlessly and give autism the true depth it deserves
and really enables us to 'bring autism off the page' in our teaching style.

​Meet the team

Stasia Gibbs-Lewis​​
Autistic autism consultant


I am Stasia Gibbs-Lewis and I am an autistic public speaker and the co-founder of ASPIElutely Fabulous.

In 2015 at the age of 33years old I received a late diagnosis of autism following a life time of inexplicable difficulties that impacted my existence, sometimes subtly, sometimes not, but always catastrophically.
Since that time, I began to really explore Autism in depth as a vast subject but also how it tied into my own life experience. Exploring what my newly uncovered identity meant for both my future but also how had it, or the lack of knowing about it, accounted for my chaotic and destructive past? ​​
I embarked on a private journey of ‘backwards engineering’ my own life thus far. Meticulously unpicking the mass tangle that stretched out behind me and carefully stripped everything down to the bare components that made up ‘my life’ and examined how it all fit together?

This intense process taught me a wealth of deeper understanding not only about my own Autism, but further and wider than that, about other autistic people’s experiences of the world, and too the reach and touch autism has on those around us. What we need, what we don’t need, what the world expects from us, and what we hope from the world, the often hidden truths and of course the myths and sterotypes that need to be set straight from the inside out. And how autism might just be starting to shift and alter the world, but is the world really changing enough for us yet?

Sharing my ‘actually autistic’ insights into autism quickly became a passion of mine which beautifully evolved into becoming my life’s work now. It started by chance with a one-off talk at a ‘Women and Autism’ conference, that I wasn't even sure I could be brave enough to agree to do, outlining my story of late diagnosis anecdotally.

I had never spoken publicly before, everything to do with public speaking was 100% everything you could imagine to make it a million miles out of my comfort zone. I could not think of anything worse! I struggled even to read a story aloud to my own child if there was any risk what so ever that anyone else was likely to over hear me, though my reading is at a perfectly  pleasing functional level that allows my to be a happy, hungry bookworm in my own time and space .

Public speaking still scares me as much today as it ever did, to have my voice listened to like it might just maybe matter? Well I have learnt is does. What I was able to share with my captive audience seemed to really create an impact. It was made clear to me from the day on that more of this was needed, had to keep sharing and educating from this less heard from 'autistic angle'. And so long as I could do so then I knew I had to do so. So, that is exactly what I have continued to do over the last few years and made it very much my passion and my mission.
I am happy to share with you now that the nervous are mixed with my first taste of true acomplisment that I've ever experienced in my life and a sense of really knowing I am doing some good in the world!

To date I’ve given numerous talks at various schools, work closely with a large and well-established Autism charity giving talks and workshops to their members and teaching as a visiting lecturer alongside my colleagues at two major universities.

My enthusiasm was ignited, my fire grew and ASPIElutely Fabulous was born from it, a brain child and passion between myself and my university colleagues; clinical psychologist Dr Lesley Taylor and speech and language therapist Gail Paterson.
I am an ‘expert’ on autism, but in a uniquely differing way to that of clinicians. I am living example, my qualifications are my lived experience life credentials. This all enables me to provide a different perspective on autism.
And in the spirit of “Nothing about us without us” I give Autism all important ‘Autistic Narrative.’

Dr Lesley Taylor
Chartered Clinical Pschologist


I am Dr Lesley Taylor and I am a chartered clinical psychologist.

I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from the University of Lancaster, a Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) from Salford University and a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Liverpool.
I am licenced to practice with the Health and Social Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I have worked with people with learning disabilities and/or autism for over twenty years. Most of this time has been spent in either the NHS or social care.
I was the lead clinical psychologist on an NHS community learning disability and autism team until August 2017.

I now work in an independent practice undertaking assessments with people with autism and/or learning disabilities for Spectrum North West. 
I am qualified in the use of standardised psychometric assessments and hold a licence to assess for and diagnose autistic spectrum disorder using the DISCO assessment tool, which was developed by Lorna Wing and Judith Gould. I am also trained in using the ADOS II for assessment of autistic spectrum conditions.

I also provide therapeutic interventions, both individual and systemically using a variety of methods including cognitive analytic (CAT) and cognitive behavioural (CBT) approaches as well as more traditional behavioural approaches along with an understanding of how autism affects a particular person, e.g. demand avoidance, executive function, their cognitive profile, social communication differences and need for routine.

I have provided training for a range of organisations including schools, colleges, the police, Approved Mental Health Practitioners (AMHPs) the NHS and a range of charities. For a number of years I have been a lecturer on the doctoral clinical psychology training courses at Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester Universities. I lectures on: Autism; Women and Girls on the Spectrum; Communicating with People who have Learning Disabilities; Dementia and Down’s Syndrome; and the Mental Capacity Act (2005). I also support students with research that is undertaken as part of their doctoral theses and I have published research in the area of learning disability.

Gail Paterson​
Speech & Language Therapist


I am Gail Paterson and I am a Speech and Language Therapist.

I qualified from the University of Reading in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Linguistics and Language Pathology (Speech and Language Therapy). I hold a licence to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). I am also a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).
I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for more than twelve years with people with learning disabilities and/or on the Autism Spectrum.
I am currently employed in the NHS working on a community learning disability team and I also complete independent autism diagnostic assessments with Spectrum North West.
I have published research on the use of contact work with people with learning disabilities andautism. Reference: Brooks, S., & Paterson, G. (2011). Using contact work in interactions with adults with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 39(2), 161–166)

My aim is always to work in partnership with people with autism, their families and support networks to facilitate the development of successful communication and relationships. I hope to bring together our different experiences and perspectives to find the best way of providing support. I do, however, think my job title is a bit confusing because a lot of people think I just teach people how to speak. It would probably make more sense if I called myself a guide to navigating everyday conversations and social situations but that is a lot less catchy!
Working with Stasia and Lesley has always felt very natural to me as our knowledge bases and experiences dovetail neatly.
I feel I not only add my professional Speech and Language Therapy knowledge and experience but also contribute my personal experiences of autism. I come from a family where difference is accepted and supported without question. This is reflected in my interactions with others and drives my will to share my knowledge and experiences with others.