Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frontline Issue 86

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...

PREPARING FOR REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Introduction/background The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory authority with responsibility for setting standards for health and social care services and for ensuring that such standards are met. HIQA is responsible for the registration and inspection of residential services for people with disabilities under the Health Act (2007). The Authority published National Quality Standards: Residential Services for...

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...

Supporting community living for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities (DD)

Living and working with people with autistic disorders is not like living and working with anyone else with or without disabilities. Past experiences of social interaction and a desire to help are not sufficient guides. It is essential to understand the nature of autistic conditions. People with these disorders, because of their social impairments cannot meet you half way....

GETTING STARTED

Many years ago, when I was 15, the same age my autistic son is now, I saw an amazing movie which, without my realising it, shaped forever my way of thinking. The film was called Gandhi. It was directed by Richard Attenborough with Ben Kingsley starring as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It took me years to realise how deep and...

PARENTING A TEENAGER WITH AUTISM —what Stephen is teaching me!

Parenting is a tricky subject at the best of times, with constant ups and downs. The toddler and teenage years seem to be particular highlights for testing of parenting skills! Stephen (who has a rare chromosomal disorder and autism spectrum disorder .ASD) is the eldest of my three children, so I haven’t done parenting a teenager before. There is...

DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH PLAY: The Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism (ESDM)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental condition that is characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviours. The condition affects almost one in every 100 children. Over the last few years there has been an increase both in the early diagnosis of ASDs and in the range of effective interventions available for children. In Ireland, parents...