During a chance encounter on a dog walk with their respective families, Lily and Jonathan stopped to admire their rescue greyhounds (Jon has two and Lily one) and a partnership was born.
- Lily Wallis, Author -
Lily has been working in the field of education for more than 20 years.
Lily taught Science and Biology, and English as a Second Language in Brazil.
Lily was a research champion for the Science Teaching and Technology Centre, School of the Future, Sao Paulo University ('Laboratorio de Ensino de Ciencias e Tecnologia - Escola do Futuro da Universidade de Sao Paulo'). Lily developed inter-schools inquiry-based projects for students and teachers to colaborate using Information & Communications Technology (ICT). Lily was lead for The Butterfly Project, and produced resources for students and teachers, and training materials. She also delivered teacher training.
Lily worked in the publishing industry in Brazil as a co-author and editor for the Brazilian national curriculum Science textbooks.
Lily moved to the UK with her husband in 2007. They have 2 daughters, a rescue greyhound and a rescue snake.
Lily has been working as an experienced associate practitioner in Speech and Language Therapy since 2016.
Hi, I’m Lily!
My role as a special needs parent has given me new insights in teaching and learning, which I am sharing with you in Off the Blox.
I empathise with families going through the rollercoaster of emotions when searching for the best support for their children. I understand some of the struggles encountered during this journey and, whilst waiting for support services, you can help your child to get off the starting 'blox' with their language.
Off the Blox is my response in reaching out to people and in continuing to investigate ways to improve outcomes for patients, their families and community.
My dream is for a world that is more understanding, accepting, and inclusive. I am passionate about advocating for neurodiveristy and inclusion.
I am hugely grateful for the support and encouragemet received form my colleagues, and for the speech & language therapists, SENCOs, teachers and families who have already joined the Off the Blox project.
I can't praise Jonathan highly enough. His skills and professionalism make Off the Blox achieve the highest standards in graphic design. Jonathan's unique style brings the characters to life and the chidlren and adults love them.
I hope you enjoy the stories! Happy reading!
- Jonathan Jeffery, Illustrator -
Jon is an illustrator, graphic designer and cartoonist. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2020. He is the illustrator and graphic designer for Off the Blox.
“I was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and a half. My parents adopted an early intervention learning methodology. This gave me a huge boost, and I was able to progress through specialist schools and college to complete a University degree in Graphic Design through the University of Kent.
I am thrilled at the realisation that our Off the Blox books will help kids from many backgrounds to get off to a great start.
I hope you like the illustrations!”
You can see more of Jon’s work at www.jjartlab.com
- Off the Blox Ltd. -
Off the Blox Ltd. is a UK public limited company formed for the purpose of developing and publishing the Off the Blox educational books, services and tools.
Its shareholders are family members of Lily and Jon.
Jon's father, Chris, has the role of Operations Director.
Company registration no. 13381224
31a Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3TJ