Monday, December 11, 2017

Autism

Unexpected Joy

"I have learnt far far more about the human condition, and what it truly means to be alive from just being with those with learning diabilities than I have from any eminent teacher or book."

Provision of Autism Services Leaving Much To Be Desired

My daughter Francesca has autism and graduated from St Paul’s Special School in June of this year. In 2013, I had contacted our local Disability Manager. She told me that the school and the family would have to identify a service that best suited her needs....

QUALITY OF LIFE: What does it mean when your child has Autism?

Kyle
Quality of Life can mean a lot of things to society as a whole. For most people, it means a good job, nice house and car, family and money for luxuries, and then you are pretty much all set - right?...

AsIAm

‘Back to School’ is a stressful time for many students and their families, with the competing financial, academic and emotional demands. However it can be particularly challenging for students on the Autism Spectrum. Students with Autism need routine, struggle with many sensory environments and can find it hard to communicate or socially interact with their teachers or fellow students...

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Physical activity generally refers to exercise and physical fitness as important elements of a healthy lifestyle. Approximately 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is necessary each day for an adult to acquire vital health benefits. Recommendations for children are 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland 2009). Physical activity can be...

HERE WE GO AGAIN

In the earlier days little was known about the autistic conditions themselves, and very few parents and professionals knew much about evidence-based practices. Not a good idea. Philosophy, theory—not a lot of either was about. Both exploded in Ireland pre-and post-turn of the century (remember the Millennium???). Regardless of the current economics, we still have these critical ‘resources’. Philosophy—Know the...

ST CATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH AN ASD DIAGNOSIS

St Catherine’s Association was formed in Co. Wicklow in 1970 by parents of children with intellectual disability in response to underdeveloped services for such children in the county at that time. From very humble beginnings involving simply providing a drop.in service so that parents could do many of the tasks of day-to-day living, it has grown to providing services...

AUTISM: An Occupational Therapist’s experience and perspective

Children in general learn through a variety of processes. They learn from observing others participate in activities of daily living and they also learn through trial and error processes. Trial and error learning relies on the child’s ability to try the same task in a variety of different ways. Children with an ASD often have limited interest in observing...

AUTISM/INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND PERSON-CENTRED BEHAVIOUR SUPPORTS

Most people enjoy being engaged in activities and having meaningful relationships. These basic human rights are important; they make people feel more independent and competent. It is good to feel the same as everyone else and be part of what is going on. Having more skills and better relationships with people are valued by most of us. People with autism...

OUR JOURNEY

On 23 March 2003, Jessica began her formal education. She joined a newly opened pre-school for children with autism in St Helen’s National School in Portmarnock, where she was happy and made great progress. We also availed of home tuition from a separate source for twenty hours a week. We then went about finding home tutors. Along the way we...