I have been working for the Department of Education for over a decade, and my areas of speciality and expertise include language, communication and social -emotional development of young children. I provide advice and guidance for parents and professional development support and training for schools, teachers and early childcare providers.
My mission with “Toddler Talk” is to ensure that all parents can access simple and practical advice and guidance to support their child’s early developmental journey. I also aim to ensure that if any parent is concerned about their child’s speech, language and social -emotional development, that they can access immediate timely and practical help to ensure the most positive long-term outcomes possible.
I am a Board Certified behaviour analyst with 15 years’ experience working with children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. In 2010 I graduated from the University of Ulster with a 1st class Master’s Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis. I was involved in an Early Intervention Centre's start-up delivering Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) to children aged 2-6. I managed this centre for several years before moving to my current position as Director of Education at one of Ireland’s largest Autism specific special schools. My role in this school is to support the teaching staff to design and deliver evidence-based interventions to reduce concerns by teaching functional communication skills, play and social skills.
I have presented applied research nationally and Internationally at various behavioural conferences and coordinate various masters level thesis research at my present employment, where up to 25 staff are pursuing qualifications in Behaviour Analysis. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Dublin City University, where my studies are focused on inclusive and special education.
I am a Senior Speech and Language Therapist who is committed to providing evidence based, up-to-date therapy services for children with speech and language challenges.
I graduated with a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy in 2013 from the University of Limerick. During this time, I worked in a variety of settings including community speech and language services, intellectual disability services and neurological rehabilitation.
I developed an initiative to train and support teachers in working with children who have intellectual disabilities and attend mainstream schools. I am also a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.