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Would you like to learn more about your child's or teenager's sleep?

We are looking for children and adolescents with and without ASD to participate in a sleep study. We are studying sleep through actigraphs. An actigraph is a wristwatch-like device that measures sleep.
Please contact me if interested at a.mannion3@nuigalway.ie

Thank you,
Arlene Mannion
PhD Student

Would you like to learn more about your child's or teenager's sleep?
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Invitation to Info Sessions - HSE New Directions (Sept 2014)

16 Sep 2014 00:00

New Directions – Personal Support Services for People with Disabilities was published by the HSE in 2012. This document sets out the future vision for the provision of day services to people with Intellectual Disability, Physical and Sensory Disabilities and Autism that have a requirement for a HSE funded day service. 

You are invited to attend an Information Session which will give details of the Draft Interim Standards that have been developed to support the delivery of the personal support services for people with disabilities contained in New Directions. 
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Experiences of Bullying in Asperger Syndrome

Hello, My name is Susan Grennan. I am a final year psychology student in NUIG. At the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental research (ICAN), we are currently undertaking research on Asperger Syndrome. This research involves looking at past experiences of bullying, social interactions, and one's perception of their quality of life through filling out an online questionnaire, which typically takes between 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Previous research has indicated that individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome may experience bullying in childhood. We are interested in investigating the prevalence of bullying. We are also interested in investigating how bullying and early childhood experiences affect quality of life. Currently there is little research on adults with Aspergers so it would be great to conduct this research.

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Music Therapist available for sessional work (Mar/2014)

My name is Louise Keegan and I am a qualified music therapist and accredited member of the Irish Council of Creative Art Therapists.

I have experience in working with children aged 2-12 with Autism and various other developmental disabilities.

I am based in Roscommon and I am available for sessional work.

If you are interested in learning more about music therapy please feel free to contact me.

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Public Consultation Meeting discussing Irish Autism Registry and Biobank

28 Jan 2014 19:00

Dear all, 

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research at NUI Galway in partnership Trinity College Dublin, and Autism Speaks are hosting a public consultation meeting (flyer attached) on the 28th of January at 7pm in NUI Galway to discuss the establishment of the Irish Autism Registry and Biobank (www.iarb.ie).

The goal of IARB is to lead to advancements in understanding and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and neurodevelopmental conditions, inform the development of clinical practice and services, and facilitate future research. 

To accomplish this goal, a Stakeholder Consultation Process is being carried out nationwide to establish the needs of people with ASD and related disorders and their families and to give the community the opportunity to highlight critical issues and concerns, and to have their view heard. 

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Identifying Risk Factors in Autism (NUIG Study 2013/2014)

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders is rising in prevalence worldwide. We, here in NUIG, are would like to investigate some potential risk factors associated with this increasing trend.

Specifically, we are interested in studying the differences in brain size that occur prenatally in the womb.

Some previous studies demonstrated that the brains of children with Autism are smaller at birth which may suggest that differences in brain maturation may be occurring during their development in the womb. We expect that prenatal ultrasound records will help us determine if any differences in the size of the brain are present before birth.

Participation in this study involves giving us permission to view your ultrasound pregnancy scans that are stored in hospitals in the West of Ireland. All information would be confidential and anonymised so that your child’s records would not be identified.

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2nd International Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders, NUI Galway, June 11 & 12, 2013

Following the success of our first conference The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research at NUI Galway in collaboration with Autism Speaks, are pleased to announce the 2nd International conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders on the 11th and 12th of June 2013, entitled: Autism Spectrum Disorder: from Research to Practice.

I am attaching an information flyer and conference programme and would be grateful if you could circulate to any colleagues that may be interested in attending.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis so please register early.

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Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities, Oranmore, Galway, 10/Dec/2012

10 Dec 2012 10:00
10 Dec 2012 13:00

Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities”

(hosted by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies)

Autism illustration by James Collings
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Thinking Toys Special Needs Toy Show - Galway 8/11/12

8 Nov 2012 17:00
8 Nov 2012 20:00

Special Needs Toy Show - Galway

Monday November 8th 2012, 5pm-8pm

Audilaun Hotel

ThinkingToys.ie Toy Show Nov 2012
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Offered - Galway


Willing to help!


Hi I was just wondering if you have any paid or unpaid vacancies for helping out with the wonderful work you do, at the moment? I am an Applied Psychology student in UCC, entering my final year in September. 

I will be in Galway for the summer and I would love to be involved in the wonderful work you do. 

I have experience working with an autistic child for 6 months and I can send on a cv if you wish. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Mary Egan.

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NUI Galway 4th Intl. Disability Summer School - 18-23 June 2012

18 Jun 2012 09:30
23 Jun 2012 17:00

4th International Disability Summer School

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - How to Use it

18th – 23rd June 2012

Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland

School Directors:
Professor Gerard Quinn (NUI Galway, Ireland) & Professor Michael Stein (Harvard Project on Disability)

With opening  address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins



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Four Autism Units announced for Galway schools - 1/09/2011 ( GalwayNews.ie)

Specialised facilities for children with autism have been announced for four Galway schools this term.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Units aim to integrate children with severe autism into the wider school community.

These facilities will be provided in Merlin Woods National School in Doughiska, Gort Community School, Archbishop McHale College in Tuam and Gairmscoil Mhuire in Athenry.

The 6 pupil classes are delivered by a dedicated teacher with the support of two special needs assistants.

Source: Galway News, 1st Sept 2011

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SNA Cutbacks

200 SNAs to be removed from schools. Will know today if my child's school is one! Mr Ruairí Quinn will regret his decision.  What a U-turn!!

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iPhone apps, ideal for autistic children


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Information Sessions, Disability Access Route to Education, 22-Jan-2011

22 Jan 2011 10:00
22 Jan 2011 14:00
The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a supplementary admissions scheme which offers college places on reduced points to school leavers with disabilities. DARE has been established by a number of colleges as clear evidence shows that disability can have a negative impact on educational attainment at school and progression to higher education.
Information Sessions will be held on Saturday 22nd January 2011, 10am-2pm in following locations:
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Play Therapy Service available in Galway City. Helping children work through their emotional difficulties, building self-esteem and social skills.




Explore Mind Over Matter at Free Health & Wellbeing Evenings in Sligo 25th November 2010

25 Nov 2010 19:00

Explore Mind Over Matter at Free Health & Wellbeing Evening in Sligo

Expert guidance on life skills and stress management will be provided by Fiona Hoban, Counsellor & Communications Consultant, who is one of the speakers at a series of free meetings to take place in Cork, Kilkenny & Sligo. The Health & Wellbeing evenings are organised by The National Dairy Council in association with the local co-op in each region.

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Autism Summer Camp Information


Hi there. I am looking for information about Autism Summer Camps in Ireland.

I am a tutor in Galway and would like to do some paid/unpaid work this Summer in this area.

Any information welcome.


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