In September 2016 we opened an early intervention class for children with ASD. We called the class ‘Sonas’. A maximum of six children can attend the class with one teacher and two snas (special needs assistants). Children aged between 3 – 5 years can attend.
We set up the class with the teacch principles in mind but a mixture of teacch, ABA and the aistear principles are used to structure the learning environment of the class.
We have a sensory/activity room and an outdoor sensory garden available to the children, as well as having all the other facilities from the school available including the indoor hall and AstroTurf.
While each child works on their own I.E.P. (individual education plan) we generally focus on the following areas in our learning;
-social skills – communication, interaction, flexibility
-Sensory, motor, behaviour skills
-Self help skills
A copy of the enrolment policy and application process can be found here.
Take a look at some of the fun in our class this year here!