LEANBH: Neuro-diversification for your Practice

Create a neuro-affirming  practice – 5 day certificate course for professionals working with Autistic children and teens

Earn 24hrs CPD

Become part of AUsome network of Neurodiversity affirming professionals.


“I highly, highly recommend this training! Even with the time difference, I was actually EXCITED to wake up at 4:30am each day because the training was so incredibly compelling, fascinating, and engaging. I cried through huge chunks of it because the generosity, vision, and selflessness of the trainers was so beautiful. I’m sort of a “training snob” and often underwhelmed by trainings. . . this one really shook my whole mind, spirit, and heart in a real way.”

– Danielle Maxonight, LCSW

This course will equip you to create a Neurodiversity- affirming practice to support your Autistic clients.

2023 course dates  – 2 options

Course A – Saturdays: 25th March, 1st April, 15th April, 22nd April & 6th May

Course B – Mondays: 27th March, 3rd April, 17th April, 24th April  & 8th May


I am very grateful that you designed, wrote and delivered this course. To learn authentically and be able to know that all learning, voices and people are included and accepted, made the learning so rich. Thank you to you and your team at AUsome.”
– Sarah Everett, Group Therapist/Parent Support/Counsellor




LEANBH is the Irish word for ‘child’ or ‘infant’. We chose this word because children are at the centre of this course and we have designed it to help you better support them.

This comprehensive 5 day course will empower you to gain a really full picture of what life is like for the Autistic children and teens you work with.

The course is ideal for Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Play Therapists, Psychologists, SENCo’s, Career Guidance Counsellors and other professionals working in a therapeutic, clinical or educational setting.

Completion of the course will equip you to create a Neuro-diversity affirming practice and approach to supporting your Autistic clients.

Course dates: Choose from 2 options

The course will be delivered through zoom meetings over 5 days on the following dates:

Course A (Saturdays)
Part 1:
25th March  –  12:00-17:00
1st April  –  12:00-17:40
Part 2:
15th April  –  12:00-17:00
22nd April  –  11:30-17:30
6th May  –  12:00-17:00
Course B (Mondays)
Part 1:
27th March  –  12:00-17:00
3rd April  –  12:00-17:40
Part 2:
17th April  –  12:00-17:00
24th April  –  11:30-17:30
8th May  –  12:00-17:00

*All times are in Irish Time / GMT.  Note clocks in Ireland go forward 1hr on 26th March 2023

**There will be 2 comfort breaks and a lunch break each day

Maximum of 25 places available so early booking is advised.


Become part of our Network of Neurodiversity Affirming Professionals

Professionals who successfully complete this course will be added to our directory of Neurodiversity-affirming professionals.



A sample of the material for this autism course for professionals 


Your facilitators: 

This course is designed and delivered by  Stiof MacAmhalghaidh and Gillian Kearns.

Stiof MacAmhalghaidh is a trainer, theorist and international speaker whose ‘CDF’ model of Autistic Living lies at the core of this course. Stiof has been heavily involved in the Autistic community as a researcher, rights activist, advocate and educator, and has provided one-on-one and group support for Autistic and otherwise Neurodivergent students from primary to third-level since 2002. Stiof’s insights, theories and level of research is second to none and exactly what we can expect from a thinker who has spent most of their life working towards to a better world for Autistic people.

Gillian Kearns is an Early Childhood educator with experience drawn from the primary education and child protection sectors. Throughout her career she has focused on supporting adults and young people to work collaboratively to improve relationships and outcomes. Gillian has also worked with parents, guardians and families to ensure greater understanding of the neurodivergent experience in order to help them support the young people in their care.

They are a co-founder of Neuro Pride Ireland, a self-directed community space and DPO (Disabled Persons Organisation) who hold an annual festival to celebrate neurodivergent communities and identities, including a children’s festival. Education is an important facet of NeuroPride’s work through their YouTube channel platforming the voices of neurodivergent people.


Teaching Methods

This Programme will be facilitated online via Zoom.

We will send you the link a day or so before the course is due to begin.


Group Presentation and Individual Assessment

Programme Fee & Payment Schedule

Full Fee: €595

*Please contact us for payment plan options


Worried you might miss a week? 

As this is a professional certificate course based on participation and assessment learners must attend unless there are circumstances beyond their control.

If you can’t attend one week please let your facilitator know and we will arrange for you to catch up with a recording.

If you have any questions about the course please just ask by emailing us here

Places are limited to 25 so early booking is advised.