Deirdre O’Shea

 Consultant Autism Specialist and Assistant Psychologist


Deirdre is a Consultant Autism Specialist and Assistant Psychologist with the EPT Clinic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education, specialising in autism. Deirdre is also a Registered Behaviour Technician certified by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board.

Deirdre began her career working as a home and school tutor for children with autism, before setting up her own private practice providing social learning groups and individual social learning and emotional support sessions to children and teenagers with autism.

In 2014, Deirdre commenced her role as an Autism Intervention Specialist at Middletown Centre for autism and is a case co-ordinator for referrals to the Learning Support and Assessment service. As part of this role, she works on a transdisciplinary team with children, their families and educational professionals to support the young person’s access to education. She works extensively across home and school settings, enabling her to implement a holistic approach to intervention and support. Within this role Deirdre also engages in assessment, direct intervention as well as providing ongoing advice and guidance to parents and professionals across Ireland.

Deirdre has vast experience in providing training to parents and professionals across a wide range of autism specific topics, as well as developing online resources to support young people with autism.

Additional training completed

  • 5 day TEACCH training certified
  • Studio III – Andy McDonnell
  • Sleep Scotland -sleep consultant
  • Social Thinking-Superflex , Social Detective and Brain Board training
  • Attention Autism Associate trainer
  • SCERTS Full 3 day certified
  • PECS Level 1
  • TACPAC Level 1

Deirdre has also delivered training across Ireland on many of the above topics to parents and professionals.

Published papers:

Deirdre co-authored a paper which was published in the Children’s Research Digest in 2016 titled: Transitioning via transportation for a young person with autism.

  • Lámh Module 1
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Anxiety Management
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Sensory Processing
  • Low Arousal approaches – Andy McDonnell
  • Presentation training skills
  • Assist Suicide Awareness training

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The EPT Clinic’s Team hopes you are doing okay during this difficult time. In light of the COVID 19 crisis, the EPT Team continue to closely monitor and follow public health guidance in relation to this unprecedented public health emergency. The Government of Ireland have listed Disability and Mental Health Services on their list of Essential Services which are exempt from the Stay at Home advice. As a result, we are trying our best to continue to support families while adhering to physical distancing measures.