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Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)

What Strategies can I use for my Non-Verbal Child to ease their Transition?

All autistic children experience challenges in communication. While many might have an extensive amount of vocabulary, they may interpret what other people are saying differently and unless taught directly, may not understand non-verbal communication correctly. Children are often confused with every day language’s structure; for example, saying “Jane will do it” instead of “I will do …

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How Can I Apply for a Special Needs Assistant (SNA)?

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has just completed a review of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Scheme in Ireland, and is available for download from their website. The role of an SNA is to support a child who has special educational needs who may struggle to take part in school activities with. These …

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NCSE’s Review of Special Needs Assistants Explained

This week, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) launched its review into the Special Needs Assistants (SNA) Scheme. Speaking at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, NSCE Executive Teresa Griffin outlined a number of changes to the present model to an assembly of educators, professionals and charities from across the country.    Over …

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