Our work at ASC
We offer a variety of services here at ASC including:
- supporting individuals and families
- presenting general information about the autistic spectrum
- delivering practical workshops (various topics)
- developing specialised talks (upon request)
- developing online learning materials
Feel free to contact us with requests for workshops/training materials or queries.
Below are some testimonials and examples of the type of work we do at ASC.
Workshops and Presentations
'The Invisible Parts of the Spectrum'
"Kirsten has presented a number of times for SNA Group to SNA's and teachers. Her presentation evoked very positive feedback from the participants who described her insight into the experience of girls on the spectrum as "incredibly valuable" and feedback such as 'I would love to hear more from Kirsten to really understand my students'.
Her talk helped them think about the gender issues in autism that are often ignored or sidelined. Kirsten's presentation style is relaxed and comfortable and her presence in itself is a challenge to our perception and assumptions about autistic girls and how we understand and support them."
Ms Maria Dollard
Director of Spectrum Training
'Supporting Students with ASD - A Workshop for Staff'
DkIT (May 2016)
CIT (April 2015)
"Diarmuid and Kirsten provided an excellent and insightful workshop to staff members of DkIT in May 2016. Attendees reported that it was most informative and enjoyable and were extremely impressed by the presenters. The event was a great success and we hope to have a return visit in the future."
Ms Ciara O’Shea (Disability Officer)
Dundalk Institute of Technology
'Asperger's Syndrome & Witness Interviews'
An Garda Síochana Training College, Templemore
& Family Support Work
“I wish to thank you Diarmuid for all the help you have given me since you became my outreach support worker. With your help, I have been able to live independently, do my own banking, shopping, cooking and organize myself for train and bus services. I am still working on the tips you gave me to improve my interpersonal relationships both with my parents and others. I would not have achieved any of this without your dedicated support and understanding, I wish you every success in your new venture and will continue to implement your programme you designed for me.
Shortly before getting my diagnosis I became unemployed, so when I started meeting with Diarmuid I was in a deep rut, socially, physically and in my planning for what to do with my future. As a result of his intelligent, reasoned persuasion I have since completed a back-to-work course, started going to the gym and have started an IT course. I am now much more confident socially, academically, and physically and am looking to the future eagerly."
"How fortunate your new clients will be to have you as their mentor [Diarmuid]. We will all miss you... as your support to our son and to us as parents was life changing.
Prior to you being appointed as our son's outreach support worker... his future prospects looked bleak indeed. The dedicated work that you put into helping our son gain confidence with his move to independent living was enormous and life changing for all of us .
There have been highs and lows but knowing that you were there for him was so reassuring. You never failed to respond and deal with our sons anxieties which at times were very challenging.
In conclusion our son would not be where he is today without your dedicated, professional and genuine interest in him and his future well being."
Involvement in Voluntary Projects
Gym Programmes for people with ASD
- with the Mardyke Gym (UCC)
Creative Writing for people with Asperger's
- with Cork City Libraries