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Making space for autism in the classroom: how to provide a safe emotional environment for education

Webinar recording: 21st November 2023

In this webinar, Sharon McCarthy, Micaela Connolly and Caolán McCarthy explored how to provide a safe emotional environment for education — and how educators can provide support for autistic students.

Drawing on chapters from their recently published book, Making Space for Autism, the authors covered how to make educational provisions for the autistic student, and how to make school environments more inclusive.


About the speakers:

SharonMcCarthy is an author, course coordinator and lecturer. She delivers autism-specific training in different disability and education settings across Ireland, and in her role as a professional advocate, she ensures the autistic person’s ‘voice’ is always kept central. Sharon is parent to multiply-identified autistic children and acquired her own autism diagnosis in 2020, with an ADHD diagnosis following in 2022.

Micaela Connolly is a Senior Educational and Child Psychologist with 15 years’ experience of working on a multidisciplinary team in a specialist autism service. Her work involves assessment; therapeutic interventions; training; developing and implementing programmes to advance understanding and awareness of autism.

Caolán McCarthy is an autistic Speech and Language Therapist. He has spoken at the IASLT Autism and Neurodiversity Special Interest Group annual conference and made contributions to the New National Training Programme for Special Educational Needs Assistants with University College Dublin and National Council for Special Education.