Micaela Connolly is a senior educational and child psychologist with over 25 years’ experience of working in disability services, providing psychological support to children and adults. For 15 of those years, Micaela worked on a multidisciplinary team in a specialist autism service. She currently works on an interdisciplinary team in a disability service for children and young people. Micaela is an occasional lecturer in University College Dublin and a guest lecturer in University College Cork. She is adjunct module author and lecturer on the National Training Programme for Special Educational Needs Assistants with University College Dublin in collaboration with National Council for Special Education. Micaela has published research on supporting parents of autistic children and is passionate about working in a person-centred, neuroaffirmative and strengths-focused way. Micaela tries to keep the autistic perspective central to what she does. She is a chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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Making Space for Autism


– Strategies for Assessing and Modifying Environments to Meet the Needs of Autistic People

This environmental assessment and modification programme has an accessible, strengths-focused approach to supporting autistic people across different areas of their life. It reflects a paradigm shift from one where autism is treated as a deficit or impairment to one of strength, acceptance and autonomy.