Susan originally trained as a general nurse and midwife and worked in these combined fields both nationally and internationally before returning to complete a BSc. in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick. On graduating, she worked in exercise prescription and sport injury management. Susan completed her Ph.D. in Autism and movement impairment in the University of Limerick. From here she went on to join the Staff of The School of Education in U.C.C from 2008-2019 where she worked as a lecturer and researcher. Susan lectured on the B.Ed Sports Studies and Physical Education and the Masters in Education programmes.
Susan continued her research particularly in the combined areas of Autism, movement and university/School/Community collaboration. Susan received a number of awards and recognition for this work to include The President’s Award, Digital Champion and Fulbright Scholarship and Fulbright Alumni award. After becoming became a Fulbright Scholar in 2015, she travelled and worked with the University of San Francisco to go on to create and develop the ‘GetAutismActive’ online resource kit. In 2019, Susan presented workshops, keynote addresses, motivational speeches to both parents and professionals in a variety of disciplines. She has also published and engaged with diverse groups and communities both nationally and internationally across different disciplines and ages.
Susan is the mother of a young man, Tomás, with autism. Together they have completed runs, hikes, trails, swims and more all over the world. Susan’s philosophy is very much about celebrating ability and she firmly believes ‘it’s never too late to learn a new skill’. Susan has also published and engaged with diverse groups and communities both nationally and internationally across different disciplines and ages.
This is a timely opportunity to address supporting our students/adults returning to school environments/care settings while also promoting their holistic health, learning and well-being in
the process. Equally it provides our teachers and SNAs with the knowledge, skills and resources to engage meaningfully and without stress with their students/service users especially in this COVID19 era.
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