Monday, September 25, 2017
Frontline Issue 86
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Limited resources are new to many who came through the Celtic Tiger years, says Rita Honan. But those of us with grey around the temples recall not only lack of funding, but more damaging, lack of knowledge of how best to teach and support those with an ASD. Actually, few professionals in Ireland even knew how to recognise or diagnosis Autism and Asperger Syndrome a short 15 years ago! The numbers of special classes for students with Autism were in the single digits, there were 8 students per class with no SNAs, none of the classes were in mainstream schools and none of the children were in mainstream classes. So, lots of progress has been made, but now, how do we cope in these lean-again times? History is a good teacher—of what to do, and what not to do. Let’s learn from it to minimise the inevitable damage that will be done by the restrictions being placed on necessary resources.

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...

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Joe Wolfe and Trevor Nesirky introduce the second in a series of articles designed to support service providers in preparing for registration and inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority. It draws on the lessons learned from published reports of HIQA inspections of Older Persons Services and from their experience in working with service providers in that area who have undergone the registration and inspection process. The article provides practical advice rather than academic comment. Later articles in the series will focus on conducting self-assessments and audits, building evidence for inspections and preparing for follow-up visits.

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...

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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 for 250 children up to the age of eighteen and their families. Ian Grey, principal psychologist of St Catherine’s Services, details the results of a recent survey on the service today.

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...

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Occupational Therapists work with individuals and groups in order to promote health through engagement in occupation (AOTA 2008). In this article, Margot Barry aims to highlight how the diagnosis Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can impact a child’s ability to develop and participate in activities of daily living and how occupational therapists assess and intervene with a child who has an ASD. It also gives some information on the services ‘Sensational Kids’ provides to children with ASD.

Children in general learn through a variety of processes. They learn from observing others participate in activities of daily living and they also learn...

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Maria Moran tells the story of her daughter Jessica’s diagnosis on the autism spectrum and the whole familys’ journey as they tried to find their way through a maze of treatments and opinions for the best method to help and care for her.

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...

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Mirena Vladimirova tells how a film she saw as a teenager has influenced and helped her as she fought for services for her autistic son in her hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Many years ago, when I was 15, the same age my autistic son is now, I saw an amazing movie which, without my realising...