<Last Updated on 29th August 2016>

Autism Friendly Environments and the Eclectic Model is scheduled for : 

Dublin - Saturday 17th September 2016

Cork - Saturday 8th October 2016

Portlaoise - Saturday 22nd October 2016

Navan - Saturday 12th November 2016

Dublin - Saturday 26th November 2016

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Autism Friendly Environments & the Eclectic Model

This seminar will explore the ways in which we can create social and physical learning environments that are autism friendly and mindful of the challenges students with an Autism Spectrum Conditions can experience in their everyday lives. When supporting students with autism, concerns about behaviour are often to the fore...in fact a great deal of behaviour that challenges man be traced back to the experience of the child and how they process and understand their environment. Our speakers are all highly experienced and knowledgeable in the field of autism.

Barbara Hallahan is a Speech and Language therapist

Liz Fitzgerald is a teacher with decade of experience in the field of supporting students with autism.

Kirsten Hurley is an autism studies lecturer and a woman who had been diagnosed with autism. She is also a parent of a young man with autism.

Barbara Hallahan :

Barbara is a speech-language pathologist and managing director of Marvellous Mouth Ltd., a multimedia educational publishing company. She has been active in facilitating and promoting all forms of communication, particularly functional communication for several decades. Her professional background in theatre, film & video and raising a son on the autism spectrum give her a unique skill set and perspective on communication challenges and solutions. She lectures internationally on speech sound disorders and runs hands on autism workshops with her adult son, Séamus.

Liz Fitzgerald:

Liz is a teacher with decade of experience in the field of supporting students with autism., particularly those with a high level of challenge. Liz will present an overview of the eclectic model that promotes education and learning in an autism friendly environment. Different approaches and methodologies including TEACCH, Structured teaching, ABA, Floortime , SCERTs etc will be explored as part of the eclectic model.

Kirsten Hurley:

Kirsten will speak about both the experiences of girls on the spectrum and those who have a high IQ. Diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 22, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that girls and women with autism can face. Until recently, Kirsten worked as the coordinator of Autism Studies in UCC and led the team that developed the Diploma in Autism Studies and the new online certificate. She now works as a lecturer and autism consultant and is passionate about autism education and advocacy.