About Kathleen Sweeney
I have always had an interest in the area of dyslexia and have updated my skills in this area at every opportunity.
Upon completion of my BA Honours Degree (2000) and Higher Diploma in Education in Trinity College (2001), I then trained as a tutor with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. While studying for my Msc in Education and Training Management in Dublin City University, I focused on the area of special educational needs. In 2007, I studied for a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Resource and Learning support at the College of Education, Rathmines.
Since then I have worked extensively as a resource and learning support teacher. I have co-ordinated a resource department where I held responsibility for inclusion in the classroom for learners with autism, speech and language difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD, English as a second language and some learners with medical conditions.
I have also worked at associate level for the Special Education Support Service, Department of Education and Skills. I have delivered in-service training to both teachers and principals in schools and education centres across Ireland. I have conducted numerous individual school visits in order to increase teachers’ understanding of students with identified special educational needs. Through this work, I have developed support materials and resources for use in the classroom and beyond. Many of these support materials have been utilised in schools across Ireland.
I am committed to supporting the learner with dyslexia to reach their full potential and to find methods that work best to enable the learner to understand the advantages and successes that can be presented by dyslexia.