What supports are available at preschool for children on the spectrum?
There are seven levels of support within AIM:
Levels 1 – 3 are universal supports for all children in ECCE settings, while levels 4 – 7 are targeted supports for some children in the same setting. Some children may also access autism-specific Early Years education outside of the ECCE scheme, if recommended by the child’s team.
There are two main types of this:
Early Intervention Classes– these are usually located within or attached to a DES-funded national school.
Private autism-specific preschools which are usually funded through the Home Tuition Grant. Places in these preschools will only be funded for those children who cannot access a suitable place in an Early Intervention