Special Needs Assisting
Positon: SNA lecturer
“I enjoy meeting and getting to know each student and helping them to identify their profile of skills.”
I am the founder of Kidzcraft Social Groups, a social enterprise that gives families of autistic children access to early intervention groups and youth groups. I am enthusiastic about autism advocacy and the rights of the individual with autism and their families. Having real life experience in this area as a parent has proved to be an important prerequisite to creating a career in special education. I found a progression route of education as an early year’s educator, achieving a BPhil in Special Education Autism: children with distinction in 2017. I began tutoring in a college of further education and I am currently working toward a Master of Education in Early Intervention with Trinity College Dublin.
Zarah’s Teaching Philosophy
I believe in a person-centred approach to teaching, embracing students’ strengths and challenging their minds to understand learning from a child’s perspective. A hybrid approach is to be adapted to engage students with their fellow students, as well as in research material through thought provoking discussion, and group collaboration. Students will learn key observation skills, practical strategies for communication and caring for children with additional needs.
Presenting a workshop at the AsIAm National Autism Conference, October 2018. Being invited to present a community talk by AsIAm on the topic of Autism and Socialising, June 2019. Completing the TCD Summer school for Inclusive Physical Education in the school of Inclusion Trinity College Dublin and Technical University of Munich, becoming an EIT Health Alumni, July 2019. Being invited to co-present a workshop alongside Dr. Mary O’Kane at the AsIAm National Autism Conference, September 2019.
- Cert HE Autism Studies
- BPhil SpEd Autism: Children
Research / Industry Participation
- Early Intervention, Adult Education, Special Education