Fiona Forman  Mick Rock Rose Marie Corry Ryan

Fiona is a Primary School Teacher from Dublin. She graduated from St. Patrick’s College,           Dublin in 1987 and since then has taught all class levels, including resource and learning support. She holds an honours B.Ed. Degree and a Diploma in Montessori Education. She has worked as a Teaching Practice supervisor of student teachers of St. Patrick’s College, Dublin.

Fiona is also a trained and experienced facilitator of the Rainbows programme which supports children who have experienced loss.

Fiona’s keen interest in children’s well-being and mental health led her to undertake a M.Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) with the University of East London. As a result of her studies, she began to introduce practical and child-centred Positive Psychology concepts into her classroom, with highly positive feedback from children and parents alike. She then began her collaboration with Mick on the creation of the Weaving Well-Being programme.

Mick is a qualified Executive and Life Coach and a Motivational Speaker who has helped hundreds of people to enhance their lives and achieve wide variety of goals. As the parent of two sons, Mick is extremely passionate about working with and helping children to deal with the various challenges in their lives, to increase their happiness and well-being and to fulfil their true potential.

Mick has a wide range of qualifications in the area of Personal Development.

He completed a three year M.Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology with the University of East London (with distinction). His final dissertation was a research project on the use of Positive Psychology Interventions in Primary Schools.

Together with his wife Linda, who is a Primary School Teacher, he set up New Horizons Montessori School in 2002 and this has become established as one of the leading Montessori Schools in North Dublin.

A graduate of Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick, Aideen is currently a teaching principal in Clohanes National School, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. For the past ten years she has been a facilitator on the Misneach programme for Newly Appointed Principals, initially, with the Leadership Development Service (LDS) and currently on the Leadership Team with PDST. Aideen is also a mentor with the Centre for School Leadership.

Having a keen interest in Assessment for Learning strategies and methodologies Aideen has incorporated SALF into her classroom practice for a number of years. She continually encourages children to take a more active part in their learning and in their assessment of that learning.

She has worked as a SALF tutor for the past four years, delivering workshops and summer courses. Her practical experience of using SALF is reflected throughout these revised guidelines

 

Aideen O’Mahoney Avril Webster Jed Baker
 

A graduate of Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick, Aideen is currently a teaching principal in Clohanes National School, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. For the past ten years she has been a facilitator on the Misneach programme for Newly
Appointed Principals, initially, with the Leadership Development Service (LDS) and currently on the Leadership Team with PDST. Aideen is also a mentor with the Centre for School Leadership. Having a keen interest in Assessment for Learning strategies and methodologies Aideen has incorporated SALF into her classroom practice for a number of years. She continually encourages children to take a more active part in their learning and in their assessment
of that learning. She has worked as a SALF tutor for the past four years, delivering workshops and summer courses. Her practical experience of using SALF is refl ected throughout these revised guidelines.

Avril Webster is based in Limerick, Ireland and has three children; her eldest son Stephen has a moderate to severe intellectual disability. Avril has been a full-time carer for Stephen since 1998. Supporting her son involves working with his teachers and therapy team to achieve developmental milestones; fundraising for equipment and assistive technology; trying to get information on her son’s condition and rights; and attending events on issues related to disability.

To help Stephen cope with new experiences, Avril created this series of books, each of which break down everyday tasks into a sequence of twelve steps using simple and clear pictures. The Off We Go! books proved to be extremely helpful in preparing Stephen for the activities covered in these stories. Stephen loves books with pictures and the author found these an effective way of communicating with him

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic

of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of nine books, incluincluding Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; School Shadow Guidelines; No More Victims

No More Meltdowns; Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; and The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

 

 

Carol Grey Jacinta Kitt Julie Ryng
 

Carol Gray is president of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Zeeland, Michigan, USA, a non-profit organization serving people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those working on their behalf. She is an internationally respected author and speaker with 30 years of experience as a teacher and consultant working on behalf of children and adults with ASD.

In 1991, Carol developed Social Stories™, a strategy used worldwide with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has published several articles, chapters, and books addressing challenging issues ranging from how to teach social understanding and social skills; bullying; death and dying; loss and learning; and categorization and generalization. Carol is the recipient of several awards for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with ASD.

Jacinta is a Lecturer/Researcher and Jacinta Kitt Organisational Advisor. She is a former primary teacher. She lectures part-time in Trinity College on the M.Ed. programme; in Marino Institute of Education on the B.Sc. and B.Ed. programmes; and provides guest lectures for other colleges. She also provides professional development training and presentations for schools, colleges and various other public and private organisations. The focus of much of this work is the characteristics, skills and benefits of creating and maintaining a positive/effective work environment.

Her Master’s thesis had workplace bullying in schools as its theme and she is an acknowledged expert on that subject. She conducts awareness sessions on bullying in schools and workplaces. Her focus is on prevention and minimisation of negative and inappropriate workplace behaviours and on the links between organisational culture and climate and the prevalence of those behaviours. Providing strategies for improving how we communicate/ interact with each other in every environment is the theme of much of her work

Julie Ryng is a Primary school teacher with an ALCM Diploma in Music. She was awarded Master in Education with Leeds University in 2002. Julie has taught classes at all levels in Primary School. During the course of her career she has led many bands, choirs and dramatic productions, and her pupils have participated in concerts and competitive events.

Julie co-wrote Whistle A While with Mary Mc Auliffe (Ryng) in the 90’s. This much acclaimed tin-whistle tutor presents tonic solfa notes over staff notation. In response to demand created by the implementation of the revised primary curriculum, Julie produced Whistle Along, which is a tin whistle tutor that uses a staff notation approach. Because of further demand for her work in this area, Julie compiled Melodies in D, a collection of 30 tunes suitable for the repertoire and ability level of Primary school children. Julie’s most recent work involves collaboration with Nina Garvey in the production of Strum Along.

 

 

 

Michelle Garcia Winner Carolyn Webster-Stratton Jessica Kingsley
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP specializes in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®, a company dedicated to helping individuals from four through adulthood develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals.

Michelle coined the term “Social Thinking” in the mid-1990s and since that time has created numerous unique treatment frameworks and curricula that help educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.

Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, is the founder of the Incredible Years® Series for Parents, Children, and Teachers. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and nurse practitioner. During her time at University of Washington, Dr. Webster-Stratton was Director of the UW Parenting Clinic.

Thirty three years ago she began developing and researching the Incredible Years programs. She has conducted numerous randomized control group studies to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs for promoting social and emotional competence, school readiness skills and preventing conduct problems in high risk populations.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) is an independent, multinational publishing house headquartered in London, and founded in 1987 by Jessica Kingsley. JKP publishes books pertaining to the social sciences and behavioural sciences, with special attention to art therapy and autism spectrum disorders, respectively.Jessica Kingsley Publishers is committed to publishing books that make a difference.

We publish books for professional and general readers in a range of subjects. We are well known for our long established lists on the autism spectrum, on social work, and on the arts therapies. More recently we have published extensively in the fields of mental health, counseling, palliative care, practical theology and gender diversity.