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22TRA016 Autism – Communication Foundations

22TRA016 Autism – Communication Foundations




Autism is described as a ‘neurodevelopmental disorder’ of ‘social communication’. Having worked with 

As the first webinar in a series of five, we will take time to understand what autism, what it can look like in the classroom, current issues around diagnosis and more! We will spend time considering the neurodiversity movement, and how we can embed pro-neurodiversity practices within your classroom. 

At the end of the session, you will be able to create an individual communication profile for each child. 

This webinar is suitable for SNAs, teachers and learning support teachers at primary and post-primary level. 


Presenter Bio: Alanna O' Connor

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Alanna O’Connor is a Kerry-based Speech and Language Therapist, who trained in the UK. In her time in Manchester, she worked based in a school and college, working alongside teachers to support students to meet their educational potential. Since returning to Ireland, she has worked with children and young people in clinic, home, and school environments. Last year, she delivered online training to over 1’000 education staff. 

Alanna has worked with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder throughout her career. She has experience of diagnosing autism and providing intervention in home, clinics, and schools. Alanna works hard to take on board the opinions and feedback of autistic people, as well as providing neurodiversity-affirming support. 

Course Properties

Course date 23-02-2022 7:00 pm
Course End Date 23-02-2022 8:30 pm
Capacity 1000
Cut off date 23-02-2022 6:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Alanna O' Connor
Number Hours 1.5
Location Online

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