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Winter Pantomime Relaxed Performances 2018

The annual Christmas pantomime is a festive tradition for many families in Ireland (oh yes it is!… Sorry.). In recent years some pantomimes and shows have started putting on relaxed or autism-friendly performances for families with special needs, so they can join in on the fun alongside their peers! A relaxed performance is a theatre …

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Kelli Twomey: “This is ME”

Kelli Twomey, a mother of an autistic child, sent us this poem from her child’s perspective, and we think its message of acceptance and inclusion will resonate with many in the autistic community. Read on below! I may seem different, weird or funny, I might even sometimes seem odd. But it’s just that my thoughts …

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Kevin Hanly: Living With Autism at Christmas Time

The end of November is near, and while there’s still a few weeks left until Christmas, preparing for the holidays make take some time and planning. One of our regular contributors, Kevin Hanly, shares his advice for celebrating Christmas based on his experiences. We’re gearing up for that special time of the year where we …

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Interview: Elaine Harris

Elaine Harris is a yoga teacher who founded The Yoga Shed in Co. Wicklow in 2014, which serves to offer accessible and affordable yoga to everybody. Elaine is highly trained to share yoga therapy with children with special needs and is also a certified pregnancy yoga teacher. She is passionate about spreading awareness about the …

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Community Support – Autism in the Home, University College Cork, Cork

AsIAm is hosting twenty four Community Support Seminar talks around the country over the next twelve months. These events are for the autism community, on issues important to the community, informed by the community. All of these events will be free to attend, but places must be booked on our Eventbrite page (see below). All …

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Autism Friendly Santa School

*Due to the huge amount of inquiries we have had about our Autism Friendly Santa Training, we have decided to open up this event to include parents and carers. We’ll be delivering tips on how to prepare your child and family for an Autism Friendly Christmas!* Calling all of Santa’s helpers! Christmas is such an …

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What Resources are Available to Support Families on their Transitions in School?

There is a wide range of resources available to support parents and children on this exciting journey. The only danger is that there is so much material available, that doing an internet-search becomes overwhelming and sifting through the multiple resources available can be exhausting. It is important also to understand that many of the resources …

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Is it a Good Idea to Arrange a Meeting with their Teacher? If so, What Should I Ask?

It is a really good idea and absolutely essential to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher, before your child starts school or when your child is moving onto another stream in the school. Building positive and open communication with your child’s school is important. Communication is a two-way street and sharing information with your …

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Are there Things I can do at Home to Prepare my Child for Starting School?

Parents and families are preparing their children for school from the day they are born and not just before the September when they start school! From the moment children are born, and even before that, children are communicating with, and absorbing information from the environment around them. Your child has benefited from being in a …

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What are the Most Important Things to Consider when Choosing a School for my Child?

Starting school is one of the biggest events in both a family member’s and a child’s life. All benefit from advice and support when starting a new school. There is so much information out there that it can overwhelming sometimes just to know where to start.  Dr Emer Ring is the Head of the Department …

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