Education & Training for families
In Ireland there are generally speaking 3 options for children and young people with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Depending on the profile of the child the recommendation may be for
- Placement in a Special School
- Placement in a ASD unit attached to a mainstream school
- Placement in a mainstream school with or without the additional support of a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) and/or Resource Hours with a Resource Teacher
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) provide Special Education Needs Officers (SENOs) whose role it is to assist families of children with special educational needs in accessing educational placements. If you are considering a school for your child you can contact the SENO (see here for details) in the area to ask their advice and to see if the reports and recommendations you have are sufficient for them to sanction any additional supports that are required for your child/family member.
It is the parents/carers responsibility to find a school placement. You need to contact the schools yourself to see if there is a place available for your child. Listing of schools with ASD classes available Click here . Should you be unable to find a school placement then the SENO will try and identify a school placement for your child. If this is not possible then the SENO can sanction the Home Tuition Grant Scheme application. This is a grant scheme from the Department of Education and Skills (DoES) which provides for the educational tuition of a child diagnosed with ASD at home until such time as an educational placement becomes available. In addition children with autism of a pre-school age may avail of the scheme. Further information on the Home Tuition Scheme can be found Click here.
Training for families
Middletown Centre for Autism offers free training courses for parents and carers throughout Ireland. Details of the training courses available can be found Click here
Various individuals and professionals come to Ireland to deliver presentations and workshops on Autism. Any events we are informed about are posted on our Facebook page and listed on our parent training page of our website Click here
AIM Access and Inclusion Model
The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.