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Dr. Miriam Twomey

Assistant Professor (Education)


Miriam has a background in teaching and research in the fields of Early Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual and Developmental disabilities. Miriam completed her M. Litt and Doctoral Degrees at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a Post Doctoral research associate, lecturer and research supervisor there. Miriam holds the position of Assistant Professor in Early Intervention at the Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. Miriam is leading the Masters in Education [Early Intervention] which is designed to provide post graduate level study for those who wish to develop or enhance knowledge and experience working with young children with disabilities or at risk of developing additional needs and/or Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the 0-6 age group.
  Arts in Education   Autism Spectrum Disorder   Child & Educational Psychology Issues   Early childhood education   Early Intervention   Early Years Education   EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION   FAMILY PRACTICE/EDUCATION   SPECIAL-EDUCATION
 Evaluation of Access and Inclusion Model
 Evaluation of Education for Adults with Disabilities

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Reviewer for Journal of Autism and Additional Developmental Disorders, (JADD). Yale University.
Reviewer for the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. BILD. Blackwell Publishing
Reviewer for the Children's Research Network, Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI).
Reviewer for European Early Children's Education Research Association Journal (EECERJ)
Invited Associate Editor of the new International Journal: Challenging Exclusion: The International Journal for the Promotion of Inclusive Societies. An International peer reviewed journal [CE:IJPIS] [February 2018 - present]
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Basic
Portuguese Medium Medium Basic
Spanish Medium Medium Basic
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Member of Global Task Force on Early Childhood Development [ecdtf]: Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities 2016
Member of Irish research group convened by Professor Noirin Hayes, Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin - Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC) 2015
Member of the European Association on Early Childhood Intervention (EACEI) convened by EURYLAID the European Agency responsible for Education for Special Educational Needs in Europe 2014
Member of Autism Europe 2014.
Member of the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) 2010
Miriam Twomey and Clare Carroll, 'Seen and Heard' Participation, Engagement and Voice for Children with Disabilities. Edited Volume. , First, UK, Peter Lang, 2018, XXXX - XXXXpp, Book, PUBLISHED
Why participation, engagement and Voice? in, editor(s)Miriam Twomey and Clare Carroll , 'Seen and Heard' Participation, Engagement and Voice for Children with Disabilities, UK, Peter Lang, 2018, [Miriam Twomey ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Children speak through their bodies in, editor(s)Miriam Twomey and Clare Carroll , 'Seen and Heard' Participation, Engagement and Voice for Children with Disabilities, UK, Peter Lang, 2018, [Miriam Twomey], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Rose, R. Shevlin, M. Twomey, M. and Yu Zhao, Gaining access to support for children with special educational needs in the early years in Ireland: parental perspectives, International Journal on Early Years Education, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Miriam Twomey and Michael Shevlin, Parenting, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Inner Journeys: Early Intervention through a parental lens in the Republic of Ireland, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (JORSEN), 2016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Miriam Twomey, Transitions: Space and Place, Children's Research Digest, Children's Research Network, Ireland and Northern Ireland, 2016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kubiak, J. and Twomey, M., , The use of 'voice' as a research approach. , Inter University Symposium Journal, Approaches to Inclusive Research in Education: Opportunities and Challenges, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, June 2014, edited by Dr Paula Flynn , 1, Inclusion in Education and Society [IES] Research Group, School of Education Trinity College Dublin, 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Kubiak, J. and Twomey, M., , The use of 'voice' as a research approach. , Approaches to Inclusive Research in Education: Opportunities and ChallengesIntra-University Research Symposium Journal, 1, 2014, p11 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Miriam Twomey, Spaces and Places and Identities, Trinity Education Papers Special Issue, Trinity College Dublin, Volume 2, (2), 2013, p52 - 59, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Perceptions of Inclusion: Students with Special Educational Needs in, editor(s)T. Grenham. & P. Kieran , New Educational Horizons in Contemporary Ireland - Trends and Challenges, UK, Peter Lang, 2012, ppChapter 13 , [Anne O' Byrne and Miriam Twomey], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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Shevlin, M., Smith, R., Winter, E., and Twomey, M. , Creating Inclusive Learning Environments in Irish Schools: An Ethnographic Study, National Council for Special Education [NCSE], National Council for Special Education, 2008, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Shortlisted as finalist for U.S. International Ruderman Inclusion Prize for 'Creative Arts Based Interventions' CABI - and sessional activities entitled Motion and Emotion. This intervention seeks to explore if the creative arts 'Creative Arts Based Interventions' (CABI) specifically (Music, Dance Movement Therapy, Art and Puppetry) would improve social, communicative and affective [specifically engagement] variables in young children with Autism. December 2016. A further focus is on developing parent mediated ASD interventions and parent training December 2016
Post Doctoral Award and Bursary from the School of Education, TCD September - 2013 - September 2014
Miriam is passionate about Early Intervention, Autism, non verbal communication, movement, embodiment and engagement. Miriam has worked on projects with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and Special Educational Needs. Miriam has worked on research projects with the School of Education and the Children's Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin. She has worked as a researcher with Project IRIS (Inclusive Research in Irish Schools), a School of Education, TCD project commissioned by the NCSE (National Council for Special Education). In 2013, Miriam received a Post Doctoral Award and bursary and worked as a post Doctoral Research Associate at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. Miriam's research interests include utilising the creative Arts in the engagement of young children with ASD. Miriam is guided by a participatory framework in her research with children. She is committed to pedagogical development and innovation in Early Intervention and Family Centred research and practice. She is dedicated to ongoing research into the development of parent mediated intervention, parent empowerment and parent training. Miriam collaborates with colleagues in the field of Early Intervention in the development of transdisciplinary pedagogy and innovation. Miriam is actively collaborating with colleagues in the School of Education in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability and Inclusion.