Studio 3 Kerry

21 Denny St, Tralee Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone 0667128872

Who are Studio III Group?

Within the area of behaviors of challenge, Studio III Group is one of the largest providers of independent and highly specialised psychological, psychotherapeutic and behavioral support services in Ireland, the UK and abroad.  We use low arousal approaches that are person centred and kind.

As part of our ongoing commitment to service providers Studio III provide:

  • ongoing service consultancy,
  • specialized programmes to help people live the life they want,
  • individual and group staff support
  • psychological and psychotherapeutic support to individuals with complex behaviors, their families and staff teams.

Studio 3 Kerry supports adults living in Kerry and their families. Studio 3 Kerry is a member of the Studio III Group that includes Studio III Clinical Services, Studio III Training Systems and the Atlass Autism stress reduction programme.


Studio III group have worked in partnership to set up community based independent living schemes for individuals who present significant challenges, who may also have highly complex behaviours and who have experienced profound difficulties in more traditional hospital and residential settings. Studio III worked in partnership with a family in Kerry to establish Studio 3 Kerry.

Through working hand in hand with people with different abilities and their families Studio 3 Kerry has developed a unique and bespoke approach to community living and support.  We are committed to supporting people with different abilities such as autism, to live the inclusive, community lives of their choosing rather than the life other’s may wish to impose upon them.

Our approaches are individual and adapted to each person and family we support. We place huge emphasis on autonomy and respect for the individual and are true advocates for people with different abilities who want to be helped to live independently in community settings whatever complexities and challenges they face in their life.

Each project is based on person centered planning, personalisation and good life approaches with ‘behind the scenes’ high levels of planning and risk assessment. At a governance level significant involvement from the individual at the center of the project and their family and friends is paramount.

Stress and Anxiety is a large factor in the lives of people with different abilities, this is recognized by Studio 3 Kerry and we use a number of stress reduction approaches to support this.

The Partnership

Studio 3 Kerry works in partnership with the person at the centre of the service along with

  • Their family
  • A dedicated Psychology Service
  • The project Coordinator
  • Project workers
  • Other Organisations

Studio 3 Kerry presents:



Helping people with Autism live the life they choose

Date: 14th June 2018 9.00-4.30

Venue: The Rose Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92 HKA4

For enquiries

066 71 28872


Aim of the Conference

With a combination of internationally recognised and local speakers the conference will focus on how we as service providers, carers, family, friends and the public, can empower people with Autism to live independently in the community.  The conference will focus on how we provide practical support underpinned by up to date knowledge through case studies, personal experiences and academic research.

Who should attend?

The conference welcomes people with Autism, families and carers, all Health and Social Care professionals and anyone else who works in this field.

Costs (inclusive of light lunch and refreshments)

Early Bird: €60

Full Price €90

Family, carers and individuals with Autism: €30

For bookings:

Payment can be made via credit card on Eventbrite or by bank transfer.

Call us on 0667128872 for IBAN or call into us at 21 Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.


Last date for bookings – June 7th, 2018


Invited Speakers

Professor Andrew McDonnell; Professor of Autism Studies – University of Central England, Founder of Studio III

Adam Harris; Founder of AsIam an organisation working to build an Ireland where every person with Autism can “live and succeed as they are

Geraldine Graydon; Founder of AsFan, Autism Spectrum Family Advocacy Network

Áine Cusack; Parent working in partnership with Studio 3 Kerry

David Walker; Operational Director Studio 3 Kerry

Vivienne Foley; Speech and Language Therapist with HSE Cork

Joanne Douglas; The Spectrum Centre, an independent Diagnostic, Assessment and Therapy Centre specialising in the area of autistic spectrum disorders.

David Jones; Consultant Clinical Psychologist Studio 3 Kerry




Áine Cusack

Áine is the mother of a 22-year-old man on the autistic spectrum.

She advocated on her son’s behalf and resolved to move his care provider from a large organisation providing a group home to a client centred, low arousal setting in Tralee Co Kerry.

She assisted in the development of a collaborative, client directed service for her son. What followed was a significant reduction in challenging behaviours, stress and anxiety.  Within this service this young man now has an elevated level of autonomy over his life.   Áine continues to work alongside her son and his service to ensure he gets the best possible outcome.

She admires the great strides that have been made by academics and practitioners in the understanding of autism. However, she is an opponent of those who believe that they are the holders of secrets or strategies that ‘will’ work. Her position is that the autistic person is the one who holds the key to their own success albeit that they may need considerable support in operating that key.

David Walker

Studio III Director

M.Sc. Counselling and Psychotherapy, B.Sc. (Hons) Psy, P.G. Dip Counselling, Dip. CYW, Dip. CBT, MBACP

David has worked with adults and children with complex lives for over 30 years.  In addition to his direct work with individual clients and families he works as a specialist behavioural support consultant to services working with adults, young people and families in crisis.  One of David’s main areas of work has been focused on developing unique community orientated and person centred approaches for young people and adults with autism spectrum conditions in Ireland and the UK.  These approaches have been focused towards listening to what people with different abilities and their families really want, building working partnerships and developing services that are personal to the individual using them.

Adam Harris

Adam Harris is a 23 year old social entrepreneur and Founder-CEO of, an organisation working to build an Ireland where every person with Autism can “live and succeed as they are”. provides a central online hub for the Autism community which aims to inform and empower those affected by the condition, their families and supporter. Through online engagement with users, AsIAm creates training programmes and campaigns to engage various aspects of Irish life to understand Autism better and to become more Autism friendly.

Adam founded based on his experiences of living with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum. Adam spent 3 years in Special Education, 5 in mainstream primary education with the support of an incredible Special Needs Assistant and completed Secondary School without the support of an SNA. As Adam benefited from early intervention, he felt the need to do something to give back to the Autism community in Ireland and felt that a poor online presence and a society which does not truly understand the condition were key elements of the challenges people with Autism face, which needed to be addressed.

Today, Adam is a frequent contributor in media and at conferences home and abroad, around Autism issues and the need to have a whole-community approach to Autism. A Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee, Adam sits on the Board of Specialisterne Ireland and a number of statutory consultative committees.


Professor Andrew McDonnell

Studio III Director

BSc., MSc., PhD. Consultant Clinical Psychologist to and Director of Studio III Clinical Services; Director, clinical consultant and Team Leader to Studio III Training; formerly Clinical Psychologist to Monyhull Hospital Birmingham.

Andrew has particular interest in the design of community settings for people who challenge. He has extensive experience of working with service users with an intellectual disability and autism spectrum conditions.  He has focused much of his work on helping people with autism conditions who self-harm and present complex challenges to the services who support them.  As the creator of the widely used low arousal approach model and the Atlass stress management programme Andrew has spoken around the world and constantly focused his audience back to the need to be person centred, reflective, inclusive and not adopt ‘one size’ fits all approaches to developing services for people who would previously been cared for in institutionalised settings.


David Jones

Clinical Psychologist

Chartered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC registration PYL29654), Associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

David was a founding Director of Studio 3 Clinical Services ( 2001) and presently provides consultancy to a range of organisations in the UK, Eire and Sweden. David has worked for the charity ‘Children of Chernobyl’ in Belarus and also acted as a locum in Bermuda and Casa Colina hospital Pomona, California. He has extensive experience in the UK National Health Service and the private and charitable sectors.

David has published a number of academic papers and given conference addresses on anxiety management, ‘Low Arousal’ techniques, sexual issues for people with a Learning disability and Autism. He is a contributor to the prestigious Atlass training course on autism accredited by Birmingham University. David regularly lectures on developmental psychology on the Exeter University Clinical Psychology course over a three year period and was part of the selection and interviewing group for trainee Psychologists

Geraldine Graydon

Advocate and Trainer with AsFan

Geraldine has lived with autism all her life, her father, son and grandson are on the spectrum.   She has been an Autism Advocate for over 25 years.   During this time, she worked both professionally and voluntary as an Advocate, Transition Coordinator, Coach, Mentor and Trainer.

In 2017 Geraldine founded the group Autism Spectrum Family Advocacy Network (AsFan) a group that works in partnership with individuals, families, schools, service providers and state bodies.   AsFan provides information, advice, advocacy, support, autism awareness and skills-training for individuals, families, professionals and healthcare professionals.

Geraldine graduated from University College with a master’s degree in Equality Studies,and completed a Diploma in Advocacy at Sligo IT.

Ms Vivienne Foley

Consulting Speech & Language Therapist

Ms Vivienne Foley, M Sc is a highly experienced speech & language therapy manager and business owner. She has the determination and commitment to run a private practice simultaneous to developing and managing a speech & language therapy department within the child & adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across 8 clinics in HSE Cork & Kerry Community Health care. She sat on the Child Psychiatry / Autism area management team for Dublin mid-Leinster from 1997-203 and has been on the Cork mental health management team since 2012.

Her special area of interest is in autistic spectrum disorders and she was a founder team member of the specialised Beechpark Autism Services in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare in 1997 where she accessed autism specific training. This included PECS, TEACCH and more recently ADOS and DISCO. She has many years experience assessing individuals with autism both as a speech & language specialist and as a member of a multidisciplinary team exploring social-communication. She is also involved in designing and delivering improved intervention pathways for individuals with autism and their families which has resulted in positive outcomes. Vivienne has contributed to national policy for health and education. She has formulated reports and has acted as an expert witness for these state departments. Her lecturing audience has involved educators, parents and professionals at UCC, ACE, College of Commerce and at conferences organised by ASPIRE, SHINE and IAA.

Joanne Douglas, BA (Hons) PGCE MSc CPsychol AFBPsS AEP HPCP

The Spectrum Diagnostic, Assessment & Therapy Centre

Joanne Douglas is a Consultant Psychologist, specialising in, and advocating on behalf of those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. She currently heads up a multidisciplinary team at the independent Spectrum Diagnostic, Assessment & Therapy Centre, Dungannon.  As part of her employment with the National Autistic Society, Joanne worked for 6 years as part of a multidisciplinary diagnostic team with international experts Dr. Lorna Wing and Dr. Judith Gould in the NAS Wing Diagnostic Centre, London.    She has also trained with Prof. Reuven Feuerestein in the Canadian–Wizo University Jerusalem, Israel, where she qualified in the application of Instrumental Enrichment and Learning Potential Dynamic Assessment Techniques.  She was instrumental in setting up the now well established specialist courses for Educational Psychologists and Teachers at The Institute of Education, London.  Joanne has developed and lectured on several under graduate and post graduate university courses throughout the UK.  In 2000, she set up the MSc in “Autistic Spectrum Disorders” provided through the School of Education at The Queen’s University Belfast. Joanne continues to work with mainstream and specialist schools and adult centres to provide advice on the development of individual programmes, assessment, behaviour management and policy issues.  An extensive part of her work is in consultancy, advising services regarding the development of their autism specific provision.  Joanne has participated in several published research projects / books relating to the educational needs of young people with autism and Asperger syndrome and is extensively engaged in parent workshops and professional training in methods of identification and intervention.  Joanne provides ongoing consultancy and training to Universities throughout Ireland (Belfast, Dublin, Cork), regarding their support to students with Asperger syndrome.  In 2007 a project she set up for students with Asperger Syndrome at QUB was nominated and subsequently a finalist for a Times Education Award.  Joanne has participated in several published research projects / books relating to the educational needs of young people with autism and Asperger syndrome and is extensively engaged in parent workshops and professional training in methods of identification and intervention.  Joanne is original author of the Parent Post Diagnostic Training Programme “HELP” delivered through The National Autistic Society.  She has worked with Essex Education Authority to produce a Teaching Video and training pack on Asperger syndrome and developed the National Autistic Society’s Autism Baseline Assessment Schedule for schools.  Joanne has worked with Film Director, Stuart McLoughlin to produce the ground breaking short film ‘Butterfly’ which explores the relationship between cross gender issues and Asperger syndrome, a film which has received great internal acclaim and award nominations.  She has presented papers at various international conferences and has provided consultancy to service development throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as in Greece, Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Singapore and Bahrain.  Most recently Joanne visited Croatia to advise on the development of local services supporting children and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  She has a special interest in individuals with Pathological Demand Avoidance and recently set up Northern Ireland’s first Support Group for individuals presenting with this profile and their families.  She has also been instrumental in supporting the development of a similiar group in Dublin.  Joanne also has a special interest in women and girls on the spectrum and set up the only Women’s Support Group for females with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. The Spectrum Women’s Autism Group (SWAG) has recently been registered as a Charity.