Martin has been supporting people with autism for 28 years with Gheel Autism Services, Dublin, Ireland. Over the years, he has held many roles such as front-line staff, Training and Development Officer, Behaviour Support Specialist and Clinical Coordinator. Martin is also a Mindfulness Trainer, promoting self-care amongst staff, supporting them to cope with stressful situations in the workplace. Martin is passionate about supporting people with autism and their carers to cope with their anxiety and stress.
Martin is a former Regional Tutor at Birmingham University, UK, which delivers the world’s on-line Webautism Course, first launched in 2001. In addition, Martin is a former part-time Lecture (Autism module) and External Examiner (Management Courses) with the Open Training College, Dublin, Ireland.
Martin is a Studio III Trainer for 18 years, training staff and families to manage individuals who display behaviours of concern using a low arousal, non-aversive approach. He has also been involved in delivering Studio III Low Arousal Approach training to organisations in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the wider United Kingdom (UK), Germany and South Africa. Martin is a firm believer in Prizant’s (2015) premise that here is no such thing as autistic behaviour, as they are all human behaviours, and human responses based on a person’s experience.