Who's Behind Educate Autism?
Gavin currently works as an Assistant Psychologist for the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland. He has previously worked within an ABA school teaching children with autism under the supervision of a Behaviour Analyst. He is currently completing a Masters in Applied Psychology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and holds a Higher Diploma in Psychology from TCD, an Honours Degree in Industrial/Product Design from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), and a FETAC certificate as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA).
Lasairíona currently works as a Clinical Psychologist within the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick. She has previously worked within an ABA school teaching children with autism under the supervision of a Behaviour Analyst and has also taught a young boy with autism within his own home. She holds a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Ulster and an Honours Degree in Psychology from Queen's University Belfast.
What's Our Goal?
Our goal is to help people who may have a child, or are teaching a child, with a learning difficulty - focusing primarily on children on the Autism Spectrum.
We're trying to help by providing:
- downloadable materials to use in educational programmes
- tutorials on how to make teaching aids
- articles, graphics and videos about interventions and behavioural principles
The creation of many of our materials is guided by an assessment tool used by Behaviour Analysts called the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills Revised (ABLLS®-R: Partington, 2010). We have done this in order to ensure we don't create materials on a "whim" and that they are related to an Applied Behaviour Analysis assessment tool and so to ABA as a whole.
What's the Big Idea!?
The idea for the site comes from working within an Applied Behaviour Analysis school for children with autism and from one of the site's founders having autism within their close family.
We've experienced ABA tutors spending a lot of time creating materials for their teaching programmes and we felt that by putting some of these materials online it might reduce the time spent on creating materials and allow more time for teaching.