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    Protest against new Special Needs cutbacks, Wed 26 Jun 2013, Carrick on Shannon

    26 Jun 2013 18:00
    26 Jun 2013 19:00
    A protest against the cuts to the resources in schools for children and young people with special needs will take place this Wednesday evening 26th June in Carrick-on-Shannon.
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    Demo against Special Needs cutbacks, Wed 26 Jun 2013, Boyle

    26 Jun 2013 18:00
    26 Jun 2013 19:00
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    Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

    Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

    MORE than one in five people say they would object if a pupil with an intellectual disability or autism was in the same class as their child.

    The disturbing statistic marks a growing level of intolerance of these children in the education system.

    Just one in 12 said they would object when a similar study was carried out in 2006.

    The findings of the survey of attitudes to people with a disability, released yesterday, also reveal almost one in four would not want a pupil with a mental health problem -- like psychiatric illnesses -- in the same class as their child, up from 21pc in 2006.

    Just 48pc believe that children with sensory impairments such as deafness should attend the same schools as people with disabilities, down from 58pc in 2006.

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    A mother's frustration (Sligo Champion, 23/11/2011)


    IT'S OFTEN said that a mother's love knows no bounds. But for a mother of two children with special needs, life's all the more challenging, so much so that, in the present time, it's a case of having "to beg" for help.

    Mothers Fustration, Sligo
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    SNA Cutbacks 2011

    Hi! I'm a final year student doing a research project on the effects of the governmental cutbacks on Special Needs Children and SNAs in Irish primary schools.

    Could anybody give me any tips/pointers/personal accounts or opinions? Anything would be very much appreciated!

    Thank you

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    July Provision 2011: Teacher Available, Leitrim Area


    I have just completed a B.Ed. degree in St. Patrick's College and so am a qualified primary teacher. I also have 3 and a half years of experience in working with children with autism and other learning difficulties.

    I am available to complete July Provision in the Leitrim area.

    If interested please contact me.

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    Cuts to special needs resources deplorable (Letters, Irish Times, 1/4/2011)

    Cuts to special needs resources deplorable

    Friday April 01 2011

    As a primary school teacher and a parent, I deplore the latest cynical move by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) which has "paused" any resource hours being allocated to any child with special needs.

    Resulting from their latest circular, no new child presenting with special needs will be granted resource hours, but must be included in mainstream classes.

    The DES has two huge questions to answer, in accounting for this action. How are they cherishing and supporting the child with special needs, by reducing/removing their support system? And how are they cherishing the children without special needs, who will have drastically reduced access to teacher time?

    Maire Lineen
    Dunboyne, Co Meath


    Source: Letters Page, Irish Times, 1st April 2011

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    Parents views on securing educational placement - Research Participants requested. This study is now supported by the Irish Society for Autism

    27 Jul 2010 13:35
    17 Oct 2010 13:35
    Hello, my name is Avril Carroll and I am the Head Researcher in a study which aims to uncover parents views on the process of securing primary educational placement for children with autism in Ireland. This study is being conducted in association with the Open University under the supervision of Dr. Sue Cave.
    Participation in this study involves completion of an anonymous postal questionnaire which takes between 15-20 minutes and can help inform research in this neglected area.
    If you would like to participate in the study and have your views heard, please email avril@autismeducationstudy.com or phone/text 087-7592131 with your name and address for an information pack.
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    First Steps in ABA, Group Workshop with Dr Ken Kerr - Sligo, June 26th 2010 (3 days)

    26 Jun 2010 10:00

    Rainchild Network and Developing Ability Partnership are working together on possibility of running a number of special needs courses in Connaught region due to regular enquiries and sponsorship opportunity. We are pleased to announce the first course is the ...

    First Steps in ABA
    Group workshop with Dr Ken Kerr
    The Clarion Hotel, Sligo, Starting Saturday June 26th 2010 for three consecutive Saturdays

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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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    Principal: SNA cuts make policy "pointless" (Irish Examiner, 30/1/10)

    Niall Murray, Irish Examiner. Saturday, January 30, 2010

    GOVERNMENT policy of integrating children with special needs into mainstream schools will be pointless if there are more cuts to staff helping them in class, a principals’ leader warned yesterday.

    Hundreds of special needs assistants (SNAs) who help with physical and behavioural difficulties of thousands of pupils have been made redundant this weekend, in a move described yesterday by Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) director Sean Cottrell as a ruthless culling.

    Almost 1,200 of the 10,500 SNA positions could be axed as a result of a review at 4,000 schools, according to preliminary figures from the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) last summer.

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    New App For iPhone To Help Autistic Children

    A version of this article appeared in Irish Times on December 11, 2009. BY: CIARA O'BRIEN

    THE IPHONE is set to become a communication tool for children with autism, with the testing of a new application for the device.

    The application is designed to be used in a similar way to the Picture Exchange Communication System (Pecs), which allows children to build sentences using a book of laminated pictures attached to a board by Velcro.

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    Communicating Through Intensive Interaction

    Marina Olympidis, Class Teacher,
    Scoil Aonghusa Special School, Cahir Road, Cashel, Co Tipperary.

    A personal journey with a young boy with autism and accompanying learning difficulties.
    My first term’s work. Please read attached story ...

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    Understanding ASD, Autism and Asperger (Dublin, 15/Oct/09)

    15 Oct 2009 15:30
    15 Oct 2009 18:30

    Venue: INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin

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    ABA Natural Reinforcers

    Natural Reinforcer List

    1. Give "go play" and pull child back to you by back of shirt. Do several times. It usually builds a smile and a lot of times when you don't grab the shirt the child will back up to you to do so.

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    Concerns at changes to home tuition [6/7/09]

    The Irish Times, 6 July 2009. By Carl O'Brien.

    FAMILIES OF children with autism say a change in Government policy will make it much harder to appoint appropriate tutors to help their children reach their full potential.

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    SEN Assist - ASD educational software

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    TouchMath, Multisensory Teaching

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