In her capacity as an Educational Psychologist and a special needs teacher and organiser at second-level, Sonya has extensive experience in assessment, screening and interventions for students presenting with additional support needs such as, specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyscalculia), mild and moderate general learning difficulties, social , emotional and behavioural difficulties, and autism.
For over 20 years she has worked collaboratively with parents, students, teachers, school management and external support agencies (CAMHS, School Completion Personnel, NBSS, NCSE) devising and implementing strategies to support children and young people to realise their full potential. Sonya offers children, adolescents and adult learners comprehensive psychological assessments and recommendations that are grounded in an in-depth knowledge of special education provision, interventions and accommodations. She is passionate about helping students progress, learn and flourish. In her role as part-time Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) associate Sonya also provides whole-school secondary school teacher training in inclusive educational practises and the Level 2 Learning Programme (L2LP) for students with mild and moderate learning difficulties.
Sonya is a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland and a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Prior to joining the Children’s Clinic Sonya’s experience as an educational psychologist included the HSE (autism services), NEPS, Third Level support and assessment (DIT), and the Daughters of Charity Services for individuals with an intellectual disability.
Bachelor of Arts (Irish, French and History) 1996
Higher Diploma in Education 1997
Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2005 (First Class Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs 2011
Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology 2016 (First Class Honours)
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) Clinical Training 2016
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) 2016
Trained facilitator of the Friends for Life emotional resilience and anxiety reducing programme.