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Stories for a Autism documententary (15/9/14)

I'm writing to you from an independent television production company based in Dublin. We have been commissioned by RTE to research and develop an idea we submitted to them on the subject of autism. Our pitch to them was to explore
the world of autism through the experiences of a number of children and young adults and their families in an attempt to see the world from their perspective. We would also like to address various issues relating to this
spectrum via experts in their field.

We feel there hasn't been much Irish television devoted to this subject so we'd like to change this. I have an added interest because I trained and worked as a Special Ed. Montessori teacher years ago and I also have a special needs nephew who displays some autistic characteristics.

Autism Boy and Bubbles
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Research/Survey on Positive Psychology (NUIG, April 2013)

Dear parent/carer

My name is Martina Herbert, I am currently studying for a Masters in Health Psychology in NUIG.  Having worked as a nurse for a long time I am interested in studying ways to increase well-being and reduce stress for carers/parents and I am looking for a number of people to take part in a study.

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Special Needs Parents Association Conference (6/April/2013)

6 Apr 2013
Europe/Dublin

Dear All,

We are contacting you to inform you of the Association's forthcoming Conference for parents 'Looking Ahead-Making the Change'
in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Saturday 6th April and it would be
greatly appreciated if you would share details with parents and networks
as registration is about to close.
Guest Speakers include;
  • Lisa Domican, Social Entrepreneur, creator of communication aid 'Grace App'.
  • Dr. David J Carey, Consultant Psychologist, Educational Consultant
SNPA Conference 2013
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The Autism Jigsaw - 18-19th Oct 2011

18 Oct 2011 09:45
19 Oct 2011 16:00
Europe/Dublin

The Shine Centre will hold the Autism Jigsaw Event in Cork on the 18th & 19th of October. 


This unique event is kindly sponsored by QUINNhealthcare and will bring the autism community together to share information, strategies and innovations and create better outcomes for our children and adults with autism. 

Great list of speakers and exhibitors, tickets just €20 (incl' lunch) €15 for students www.autismjigsaw.com.
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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Ireland


ABA Ireland was established as a non-profit charitable organisation with following aims:

To provide free ABA information and educational services (such as workshops, parent training/education, information newsletter) to members of the community who would derive benefit, such as parents of typically-developing children with problem behaviour, parents of children with autism, individuals with acquired brain injury. The aim is to help especially those who may not be able to afford fees for a behaviour analyst.

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Understanding Changing Needs of Individuals with ASD, Tullamore, 26/Mar/2011

26 Mar 2011 08:30
26 Mar 2011 16:30
Europe/Dublin

People with Disabilities Ireland (PWDI) with the support of Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiatives (ASDI) are hosting a one day conference...

Understanding the Changing Needs of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions


Peter Vermeulen PhD (Keynote Speaker)
Co-director of the Centre for Concrete Communications a European training and education centre for ASD Gent, Belgium

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Request for research participants

 Hi all,  My name is Aoife and I am a postgraduate psychology student in Trinity College. At the moment I am conducting research on the adaptation of families with a child (or children) with autism spectrum disorders, their coping resources and resilience. The project is under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Nixon.

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Possible Early Glimpse of Autism's Impact on Older Siblings (ScienceDaily, 8/Mar/10)

ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2010) — A new study suggests a trend toward developing hyperactivity among typically developing elementary-school-aged siblings of autistic preschoolers and supports the notion that mothers of young, autistic children experience more depression and stress than mothers with typically developing children.

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Meeting for parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome, Sligo

22 Feb 2010 20:00
Europe/Dublin

Some parents in Sligo have set up a support group for parents of children with Asperger's syndrome.

The next meeting is Monday 22nd February at 8pm in St. Michaels family life centre, Sligo,

At the moment the meetings are held every second Monday.

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NIID Summer School, Inclusion through Education,Research and Advocacy (NIID, TCD)

27 Jul 2009 09:30
29 Jul 2009 16:30
Europe/Dublin

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID)
Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Places Available on some Workshops

Each workshop lasts for three days. Workshops are run by Trinity staff and International speakers. Each day begins with a plenary session from one of the International speakers

If you are interested in...

...Early Intervention

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Managing Challenging Behaviour - A short practical guide for Parents

Managing Challenging Behaviour
A Short Practical Guide for Parents

Cormac Russell
The Nurture Programme

"I have to say from the outset, as a parents of two boys, one 14 and the
other 12 years old, I don’t really buy into the idea that people are looking
for a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to managing difficult behaviour.
There is no ‘holy grail’ containing the secrets of how to be a perfect parent.
I believe the mundane truth of the matter is that we all are simply making
the best of what we have by doing our best under the circumstances in

A few myths about Autism

Autism is a spectrum disorder. The symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe. There are many myths and misconceptions about autism.

Contrary to popular belief, many autistic children do make eye contact; it just may be less or different from a non‐autistic child.

Many children with autism can develop good functional language and others can develop some type of communication skills, such as sign language or use of pictures.

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Helping Siblings Understand Autism and Encouraging Positive Relationships

This booklet includes chapters on:

1. Understanding My Sibling’s Disability
2. My Perspective as a Sibling
3. Developmental Stages
4. Talking to Mom and Dad
5. Strategies for Developing Positive Relationships
6. Activities to Encourage Communication
7. Super Parent – Exit Stage Left

[Society for Treatment of ASD, Calgary, 2002: http://www.sta-ab.com ]

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MicroBoard Association of Ireland

National Counselling Service

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OTB, Outside the Box Learning

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Brain Connections

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Crash Course on accepting your Aspergers!

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Neuroscience for Kids




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