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.
I have practised privately in Dublin since 2010. 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.
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.
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.
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.
I have also attended courses on: choice-making; and citizenship for individuals with severe learning disabilities.