Meet Our Team

Our Staff

Joan O Connor
Manager
BA in Montessori Education
Postgraduate training in the areas of:
– Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)
– Derbyshire Language Scheme
– DIR Floortime
– LAMH Sign Language Level 1 and 2
– Children’s First Child Protection Training
– Behaviour Management Training
– SCERTS Training
– First Aid Training


Leona Kilcommons
Assistant Manager
BA in Early Childhood Studies and Practice
Certificate In Montessori Education 3-6 Years
Fetac Level 5 Caring for Children with Special Needs
Fetac Level 5 Childcare Studies
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– DIR Floortime
– LAMH Sign Language Level 1 and 2
– Handwriting without Tears Training
– First Aid Training
– Behaviour Management Training


Nora Ward
Tutor
BA in Social Care
Diploma in Montessori Education
Fetac level 5 in Childcare Studies
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– Derbyshire Language Scheme
– DIR Floortime
– Children’s First Child Protection Training
– First Aid Training


Ciara MacAlinney
Tutor
Masters of Education in Early Intervention
BA in Early Childhood Care and Education
Fetac Level 5 in Childcare Studies
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– DIR Floortime
– Children’s First Child Protection Training
– Emergency-Medical-Technician Irish Red Cross
– LAMH sign Language Level 1 and 2
– Derbyshire Language Scheme


Mark O’Brien
Tutor
BA in Children’s Studies
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– Children’s First Training
– Manual Handling Certificate
– HACCP Food Safety Training


Fionnuala Callanan
Tutor
Fetac Level 7 in Childcare Studies
QQI Level 6 Special Needs Assistant
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– First Aid Training


Ailish Forde
Tutor
QQI Level 6 Higher Cert in Early Childhood Care and Education
Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 5
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– MAPA Training
– First Aid Training


Chloe Kileen
Tutor
Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis
Higher Diploma in Psychology
BA in Applied Social Studies
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– Children’s First Training
– First Aid Training


Nicola Murray
Tutor
BA in Early Childhood Care and Education
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Character Training
– LAMH Sign Language Level 1 and 2
– First Aid Training


Anne Marie Reynolds
Tutor
Masters of Education
Bachelor of Arts
Fetac Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education
Postgraduate Training in the areas of:
– Children’s First Training
– First Aid Training


Our Consultants

Sinéad Elwood: Speech and Language Therapist

Sinéad has many years experience working with children aged between 0 and 18 years of aged with generalised speech and language delays and disorders, global developmental delays, learning disability and autism spectrum disorder. Sinéad has worked in health care organisations and voluntary bodies in Ireland including Early Intervention and School Age disability teams and PCCC speech and language therapy services.

Sinéad is trained in speech sounds disordes, LÁMH, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Derbyshire Language Scheme, Elklan, Scerts, PECS, Attentioon Autism, ADOS2 Hanen, DIR Floortime, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Dysphagia. Sinéad is committed to continuous professional development.

Sinéad is CORU registered and a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT).

 

Natalie Halloran: Occupational Therapist

Natalie is a CORU registered senior children’s Occupational Therapist with a specialist interest in Autism and Sensory Processing. Since graduating in 2003, she has worked in the UK and Ireland  in a variety of education and community settings, supporting children in developing skills which are important to them, and their families.

She is an advanced practitioner in Therapeutic Special Yoga, certified in DIR Floortime and coordinates a range of specialist trainings for parents and staff. 

 

Dr. Helena Lydon: Behavior Analyst

Helena is a graduate from NUI, Galway having completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and a PhD in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is a chartered Psychologist and a certified Behaviour Analyst with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board®. She has worked for fifteen years as a Behaviour Therapist and Senior Behaviour Specialist with children and adults in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, and with private children’s residential care service providers, throughout Ireland. Helena has extensive experience of working in early intervention and pre-school based settings to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as children with additional needs.