My main interest is working with individuals on the autistic spectrum. I also work with communication difficulties such as language delay; late talkers; and moderate, severe or profound learning disabilities. I have worked in both private and public health in Ireland, UK and worldwide in home, clinic and school settings.

Private Practice in Dublin

I have practised privately in Dublin for the last five years. I specialise in assessment and diagnosis for private clients and HSE.

In my free time, I participate in question-and-answer sessions at parent-led autism group meetings. Chat with me if you would like me to speak to your group.

Volunteering around the world

volunteering in trinidad

Between 2007 and 2010, I worked as a consultant for a number of autism organisations worldwide.

As well as advising how to develop existing services, I worked directly with families and delivered training to parents and professionals. I covered a range of subjects including structured teaching; curriculum and environment adaptation; and supporting non-verbal children.

NHS UK national health service

From 2005 to 2007 I worked in the NHS in Dudley South Primary Care Trust. I worked with clients aged 4 to 18 with a range of communication needs, in both special and mainstream schools. I also had a specialist caseload of children and young people with autism. My role included staff consultation and multi-agency working.

Whilst working for the NHS, I assisted in creating a service for secondary school students and was involved in a research project with the University of Birmingham.

Sunfield Specialist residential school

Between 2003 and 2005, I was one of two speech and language therapists working at Sunfield School . I worked with children aged 7 to 19 who had severe learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and were on the Autistic spectrum. My role included: one to one and group therapy; staff training; supporting alternative augmentative communication; implementing TEACCH strategies; using PECS; and working within a multidisciplinary team which included: occupational therapist, music therapists and psychologists.

2003—2010. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Transition planning for young people with severe learning disabilities: social positions and power relationships 
School of Education
University of Birmingham, UK.
2004. Post Graduate Certificate in Research
School of Education
University of Birmingham, UK
1999—2003. BSc. 2:1 Human Communication
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
ADOS-2 is an observation schedule which is used as part of an autism diagnostic assessment. I attended training at the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin, which enables me to administer the ADOS-2 in collaboration with other trained professionals.
Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R)
The ADI-R is a parent/caregiver interview that is used as part of an autism diagnostic assessment. I am trained to administer the ADI-R in collaboration with other trained professionals.
TEACCH
A week long intensive course which enables me to use structured teaching with my clients.
PECS
This course permits me to use the Picture Exchange Communication System with my clients.
Hanen ‘It takes two to talk’
A course designed to help parents interact more effectively with their pre-school child in order to improve their childs language skills.

I have also attended courses on: choice-making; and citizenship for individuals with severe learning disabilities.