I am a lecturer and researcher in University College Cork, Ireland with a particular interest in autism. I have been the recipient of The Digital Champion Award (2016), a Fulbright Scholar (2015), The President's Award (2014) as well as book deals for developing programmes both digital and hard copy for children and adults with autism to address movement skills. I am also a qualified Nurse,Midwife, Sport and Exercise Scientist, Occupational First Aid instructor/Examiner and have completed further post graduate study in Teaching and Learning in higher Education to Masters level (Hons). I have worked both nationally and internationally in all of these fields. As the mother of a young man with autism, I am passionate about addressing quality of life issues for individuals on the spectrum. I have been actively engaged in fundraising particularly for autism and have ran several 10kms, half and full marathons for this purpose.

The Today Show: Exploring autism, my new book and my life with Tomás.

https://www.getautismactive.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Today-with-Maura-and-Daithi-Friday-07-December-2018-RTÉ-Player.mp4 Being interviewed on The Today Show with Maura and Daithi was an uplifting experience. Today I shared a brief outline of my life with Tomás and our continuing journey in the world of autism. I recounted how as a mother, I returned to complete a PhD in autism and motor impairment and have since…

Cork Book Launch Dec 2018

Delighted to celebrate the launch of my book with family, friends and colleagues in Cork City Hall with the Deputy Lord Mayor officiating.  This was a very special evening where Stephen Murphy opened and closed proceedings with his usual elegance and grace, while Paul Ryan demonstrated why the friendship and work  we shared over the…

Peer Review of our New Book

We are delighted to receive a glowing peer review of our latest publication, “Fundamental Movement Skill Acquisition for Children and Adults with Autism” from Dr. Nancy l. Megginson, professor of Adapted Physical Activity in San Jose University, USA.  The book is available online for purchase and you can read her review here: Dr. Susan Crawford’s…

Get Autism Active

Hi All, Ronan (my web developer who has been holding my hand, literally!) and I are very excited to be launching www.GetAutismActive.com. We look forward to your engagement with the programme. This has been the culmination of many days, months and years of work so I’m really proud to see it finally come this far.…

Demo: Overarm Throw

http://fiontair.ie/getautismactive/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Overarmthrow.mp4 Identifying Features Arm is swung backward in preparationOpposite elbow is raised for balanceThrowing elbow moves forward horizontally as it extendsTrunk markedly rotates to throwing side during preparatory actionThrowing shoulder drops slightlyDefinite rotation through hips, legs, spine, and shoulders during throwWeight during preparatory movement is on rear footAs weight is shifted, there is a step…