Niamh graduated in 2017 from Trinity College Dublin with a MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Niamh gained her training in Saplings Special school and has worked for 20 years in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis with children with Autism, ADHD, Intellectual disabilities, and Behavioural difficulties. During her time working at Saplings school she worked closely with Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists and gained an abundance of knowledge in these important fields. She has also worked in ASD units, ABA preschools and 1:1 home programmes.
The main objective of direct 1:1 ABA sessions is to help children acquire new skills based on individualised plans by breaking skills down into small manageable steps.
Some of the targets during 1:1 sessions include: Joint attention, Imitation, Receptive language, Expressive language, Social skills/social play, Visual perception and Early academics. Niamh has a passion for helping non-verbal children find their voice to communicate and interact, using vocal speech or other forms of communication and she is fully trained in PECS (Picture exchange communication system). Niamh provides behaviour support to teachers and parents to help cope and manage challenging behaviour. Identifying the function of behaviour allows us to implement appropriate interventions to reduce challenging behaviours.