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Meet our Team!

 

 

Heidi Penrose: Program Director 

Heidi joined PALS in October 2017. She comes from the United States where she was a teacher of children with ASD for over 24 years.  She is responsible for the day to day running of the school. She holds a Masters degree from Purdue University in Special Education severe disabilities with a focus on assistive technology and augmentative communication. She has recently completed her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Trinity College Dublin and is working towards BCBA certification. As school manager Heidi joins Abbie Feeney and Dr. Laura Gormley, in developing and facilitating Behaviour Support Plans to increase children’s appropriate behaviour and participation in the school day. Heidi also conducts in house training for both staff and parents to ensure consistency across a child's life. Heidi has training in first aid and has experience with assistive technologies such as Proloquo and Grid. 

 

Education Specialist: Monika Ciemniewska

Monika graduated in Poland with an MA in Psychology, specialising in clinical psychology. She has been working with children with special needs and Autism for the past 14 years. Monika has completed a two-day PECS training course and the Handwriting without Tears training course also. She is also trained in Paediatric first aid and in Child Protection. Monika is the assistant Child Protection Officer in PALS. As Education Specialist, Monika ensures that the children's lesson plans are being run correctly and that each child is moving on at an appropriate speed for them. Monika also provides in house training to staff in the most up to date research based training. Monika also developed the reading group here in PALS which has been a resounding success when trialled last year. Monika is currently undergoing a professional diploma in Mindfullness (MBSR/MBCT).

 

Assistant Manager and Community Liaison: Amanda Doherty

Amanda joined PALS in November 2011. She has been working with children with ASD for the past 10 years. Amanda has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Maynooth University and holds her Masters in Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Trinity College Dublin. Along with Heidi, Amanda is a point of contact for new school admissions. Amanda also joins Heidi Penrose and Monika Ciemniewska in developing Individual Education Plans (IEPS) for the students of PALS Preschool. Amanda  conducts in house training for both staff and parents to ensure consistency across a child's life. Amanda has training in first aid and has completed training in assistive technologies such as Grid. From her masters degree Amanda has specialised in the use of Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) amongst peers.

 

Behaviour Assistant: Abbie Feeney

 Abbie joined PALS in October 2019. She experience working with children with autism both in a 1:1 and group setting. Abbie has two years experience working with children with autism. Abbie has a B.A. in Psychology in NCI Dublin. She is currently undergoing a masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Trinity College Dublin and is due to graduate in June 2022. Abbie has recently undertaking training in TEACCH. As the Behaviour Assistant, Abbie joins Heidi Penrose and Dr. Laura Gormley in developing and facilitating Behaviour Support Plans to increase children's appropriate behaviour and participation in the school day. 

  

Class Teacher: Aisling O'Loughlin

Aisling first came to PALS during her university internship in 2017. She then became a full time staff member in September 2018. She has been working with children on the autism spectrum over the past number of years. Aisling has a B.Sc. in Education from Marino. She currently works as our classroom teacher overseeing the day to day running of the classroom. She also serves the role of speech and language liaison. Aisling has recently completed training in TEACCH.

 

Class Teacher: Racheal Conroy

Racheal joined PALS in October 2019. She experience working with children with autism both in a 1:1 and group setting. Racheal has three years experience working with children with autism. Racheal has a B.Sc. in education and training from Dublin City University. Racheal is currently undertaking a Masters in Early Intervention in Trinity College Dublin. She currently works as our classroom teacher overseeing the day to day running of the classroom. She also serves the role of speech and language liaison.

 

Class Teacher: Rachel Treacy

Rachel first came to PALS during her university internship in 2018. She then became a full time staff member in July 2020. Rachel has a B.Sc. in Education Studies from Marino. Rachel has recently completed training in TEACCH and Grid (assistive technology). She currently works as our classroom teacher overseeing the day to day running of the classroom. She also serves the role of speech and language liaison.

 

Class Tutor: Sergio Couto Rodrigues

Sergio joined PALS in August 2020. He has a degree in secondary education from Pontifical Catholic University from San Paulo in History and a Postgraduate degree in History of Ireland from DCU. Sergio has certificates in SNA, ABA and Good Practice and Autism Education from the University of Bath. He has worked in schools with children and young people since 2012 and in the early years sector in Ireland since 2017.

 

Class Tutor: Alex Flood

Alex joined PALS in 2018 as part of his college internship. He has a B.Sc. in Psychology in Dublin City University. Alex has worked with Youth groups since 2013 and has a keen interest in assistive technology. 

 

Class Tutor: Donald Abuka

Donald joined PALS in July 2020. Donald has three years experience working with children with autism. He has a B.Sc. in education and training from Dublin City University. Donald has recently completed Grid training (assistive technology).

 

Class Tutor: Alice Byrne

Alice joined PALS in December 2020. Alice has two years experience working with children with autism in both a 1:1 and group setting. Alice also has an additional two years teaching in a group setting in early years. Alice has a B.Sc. in Early Childhood Education from the Marino Institute of Education.

 

Class Tutor: Aoife Fitzpatrick

Aoife joined PALS in January 2021. Aoife has a B.A. in Psychology and History and a M.Sc. in ABA from NUI Galway. Aoife has experience supporting children with communication, social skills and the development of behaviour support plans in a preschool setting. Aoife also has experience as a support worker, providing services to adults and children with autism with an emphasis on their independence in the community.

 

 

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