Hello to whoever is reading this,
I have wanted to start a blog for a few years now. I eventually stopped overthinking it and started with this post.
I guess I will start by introducing myself. I am an Irish Primary School Teacher and have been teaching for 7 years. My passion is in autism and I’ve taught in an ASD class in a mainstream school for 3 years and as a Special Education Teacher for 2 years.
I completed my B.Ed degree in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. After completing my H.Dip in a mainstream class, I ended up subbing in some ASD classes and loving it. A job came up in an ASD class in a school I had been working in, I chanced my arm and applied and haven’t looked back since.
I love working with children with ASD, each day is different and I am learning so much from the job. In my first year working in the ASD class I was so fortunate to be working with 2 amazing SNAs who showed me the ropes in every way imaginable. Together we developed a class structure and routine that worked for us and most importantly the children in our class.
I have learned so much on the job and love completing CPD in the area to get new ideas. Along the way I’ve completed countless CPD courses, I particularly enjoy courses with the SESS. I love learning new strategies and refreshing on courses I’ve previously done. More recently I completed the Post Grad in Inclusive Education, Learning Support and Special Education in DCU. I was torn between completing that course and a very similar course in St Angela’s College, Sligo. I applied to both. The course in DCU is funded by the Department of Education and Skills so that did have a big influence on my decision in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, learned so much and have made friends with some lovely teachers.
After completing the Post Grad, I took the opportunity to take a career break. I spent a year in Australia working as a Relief Teacher in Special Education Schools and Autism Specific Schools. I loved the time I spent there and learned so many new ideas and strategies that I can’t wait to implement with my own class. It was so interesting to see SEN school settings in a different country.
I love reading other blogs to get new ideas and to hear other people’s experiences. Sometimes I think it’s nice to read other people’s blogs to hear from someone who is in the same situation even if they don’t have a solution.
I am excited to become part of this online community and would love to be able to offer some snippets of advice, resources, tips and experiences to hopefully help others in the way I have been helped online when I was starting out.
Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you have enjoyed reading and getting to know a little bit about me.
I have also very nervously joined the Instagram community. I have genuinely been blown away by how supportive and friendly everyone has been so far. I have been so kindly welcomed by the community there. Thank you to anyone who has connected with me so far in any way. You can find me with the handle @autism_corner_
Please message me if you have any questions, would like to chat or if I can help in anyway. I would love to hear from you.
Here’s to a new adventure.