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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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Dr. Gillian Smith on Autism Friendly Dental Practices

Dr. Gillian Smith is a Bray-based dentist. She previously made headlines in 2012 when she won the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Award. This award was due to her specially tailored treatment for Neal Dhont, which saved him from experiencing a more traumatic procedure. We talked to her about her methodology and measures made in the Dental …

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Special Interest: Melissa Mooney- The Sixties

    Mods, moptops and miniskirts. JFK, Woodstock and the moon landing. My passion for all things to do with the ‘60s, a decade of which even my parents’ generation were too young to have any memory, is as broad and all-encompassing as they come. So, how did a ‘90s kid like me come to …

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AsIAm and Supervalu’s Corporate Charity Partnership Earns Award

Coming ahead of some stiff competition, AsIAm and Supervalu have won the Corporate Charity Partnership of the Year award. AsIAm and SuperValu have a strong partnership in supporting communities to become autism-friendly. Our partnership has seen the roll-out of Autism-Friendly Shopping in over 100 SuperValu stores across Ireland. This is supplemented with  the development of …

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Ireland’s First Disability Friendly Music Festival Enters Second Year

After a highly successful debut in 2018, AbleFest is coming back to Co. Meath! I spoke to Shay Casserley, organiser of the festival about what we can expect this weekend.    What inspired you to set up Able Fest? My son, Eoin, has a dual diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome. One day I saw …

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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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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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BUY YOUR COPY: Mary Immaculate publishes a handbook for educators – “Autism from the Inside Out”

AsIAm would like to thank Dr Emer Ring and her colleagues from Mary Immaculate College (MIC)’s Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies for their contributions to our #BackToRoutine series this month. We would also like to thank them for their considerable generosity in donating all proceeds from their new book, ‘Autism from the Inside …

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How can My Child Be Supported if They’re Having a Meltdown?

Research continues to tell us that we must view ‘challenging behaviour’ as a way in which the child is trying to communicate their needs with us. It has been suggested that we must move away from using the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and instead view the child’s responses as reactions to the environment. If we begin …

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How can I Explain My Child’s Sensory Needs to their New Teacher?

Your child’s teacher may already be aware of autistic children’s sensory needs. However, if your child does have exceptional needs, then it is important that you discuss these with their teacher. Sharing the information and resources below with your child’s teacher will help them understand the importance of allowing them to stim. Among the differences …

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