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Robert Byrne’s Sensory Pod

Today we sit down with Robert Byrne, creator of the sensory pod. Adapting the capsule hotels commonly found in Asia, Byrne created a new piece of assistive technology. The pod is roghly the side of a sunbed and is an excellent resource for anyone with sensory needs. What led to the pod’s creation? Our main …

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Autism and Education: Riley O’Keefe

Mark O’Keefe, celebrity hairdresser and owner of the Sugar Club, made headlines last week in his heartfelt letter to his five-year old son Riley. Riley received an autism diagnosis two and a half years ago, and has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a school place. Last Friday I sat down with Riley’s parents, Mark …

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Minister for Education Reminds Schools of Obligations to Students with SEN Following Enough Is Enough Protest

asiam_enough is enough protest_irelands national autism charity and advocacy organisation

Yesterday Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD published a statement reminding schools and patrons nationwide of their responsibilities under admissions laws to provide specialist school places for children and young people with special needs. This statement came just a few hours after the morning’s protest by nationwide campaign group Enough Is Enough – Every Voice …

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AsIAm to Join Enough Is Enough Protest on Lack of School Places for Autistic Students at Leinster House

enough_is_enough_protest_asiam ireland's national autism charity and advocacy organisation

In light of the recent publication of our Invisible Children report on School Absence and Withdrawal among autistic children in Ireland, and the lack of engagement from the Department of Education and Skills on this matter and on barriers to education for autistic students, we are excited to support the Enough is Enough – Every …

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Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools 2019

Calling all schools, teachers, and educators! April is World Autism Month, and we have developed an online Resource Pack for Primary and Secondary Schools to use, to increase acceptance and understanding of autism in the school community. The pack includes resources such as videos, worksheets, posters, and activities for your class and school. If you …

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Download: AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

It’s hard to believe it, but summer had already drawn to a close! While it seems like only yesterday that June and July set Secondary and National Schools students free, respectively, September brings everyone back to normality This can be a stressful time of year for all families – getting all the equipment bought and …

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Download Today: AsIAm “Back to School” Handbooks

Education can throw up many challenges for students with Autism such as the environment, structure, social aspect, curriculum and communication, to name just a few. However education is also an opportunity for people with Autism, of all abilities, to pursue their strengths, gain understanding in the local community and achieve their own personal potential. AsIAm …

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Mary’s Blog: My views on managing behaviour in school – as a parent and SNA

Mary Harris writes this week on her views of on managing and supporting a child with Autism’s behaviour in a school environment – from the point of view of a parent and an SNA I’m writing this as someone who has raised a child (Adam) on the Spectrum, who has worked as an SNA for …

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Tips for SNAs in the Post-Christmas Re-Adjustment Period

Mary Harris (Mother of Adam, SNA & Director of AsIAm.ie) shares her tips on helping and supporting children with Autism, re-adjusting in school after the Christmas break, as an SNA So the first day back to school is over and it probably feels like you were never off! For SNAs working with children with Autism, …

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Back to School Blues: Parent’s Guide

Santa has been and gone and turkey dinners are, by now, just a far and distant memory….. and on Monday schools across the country will re-open their doors once more! This can be good and bad news for families affected by Autism – a return to structure and routine can have a positive affect on …

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