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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 autistic children 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 Specialist: Emily Furey

Emily joined the PALS team in November 2021. She has been working with autistic children for the past 6 years. Emily has an Arts degree in English and Linguistics from University College Dublin and holds her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Queen University. Emily is a Board Certified Behaviour Analsyt (BCBA) since 2021. Emily 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. From her masters degree, Emily has a keen interest in the development of play programs. Emily has training in first aid and completed training in communication systems such as Grid and PECS. Emily joins the management team in the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPS) for the students of PALS Preschool.

 

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: 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 Teacher: 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: 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: 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.

 

Class Tutor: Katie Franz

Katie joined the PALS team in September 2021. Katie has a B.Sc. in Psychology and an M.Sc. in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, specialising in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Katie has been working with both preschool and primary school aged children for the past three years.

 

Class Tutor: Laura Ennis

Laura joined the PALS team in September 2021. Laura has BA in Psychology, and an M.Sc. in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Queens University Belfast. Laura has over three years experience working with children with ASD and/or global developmental delays from the ages of 3 to 11.

 

Class Tutor: Sophie Ramberg

Sophie joined the PALS team in September 2021. Sophie has an MA and BA in Psychology. She has been working with children with disabilities since 2020 and also has experience with teaching both children and adolescents.

 

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