Creating Communicative Opportunities for Autistic Children


  • Carol-Ann O'Síoráin Hibernia College
  • Miriam Twomey
  • Conor McGuckin
  • Michael Shevlin


Autism, communication, language, pedagogy


Our approach to working with children with autism in this article is not about the engagement philosophies but rather at a social communicative level, not just hearing and seeing but listening and understanding, therefore, communicating respect and dignity to the child. This article provides case examples from a qualitative research project on the literacy practices of children with autism. The role of the qualitative researcher in this project is to seek to advance knowledge to assist practice and policy. This article sets out to engage you in considering how you connect and communicate with autistic children in your practice. It is about communication and what communication might look like if we open our understanding to all possibilities.  It is also about the balance of agency in the learning environment for children with autism.


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How to Cite

O’Síoráin, C.-A., Twomey , M. ., McGuckin, C., & Shevlin, M. (2021). Creating Communicative Opportunities for Autistic Children. REACH: Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland, 34(1). Retrieved from