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New class in Doonbeg NS will help everyone shine

A NEW Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class has opened at Doonbeg National School.  Called An Ghrian, it will provide children attending mainstream school with additional support throughout the school day. School principal Neil Crowley said, “We would have seen that there were children with these needs in the school and we wanted the best approach to support their needs as best we could.” He has no doubt that the An Ghrian will make a big difference to the children accessing it. “Oh, definitely. The supports are there to give them the best access to education required.” Mr Crowley said a lot of work has been done over recent months. “We are very excited about our new class and we have seen so much work completed for it by the staff over the last few months. “The Special Class Teacher and the team of Special Needs Assistants, have closely worked together to make our new class a welcoming and supportive learning …

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Rocco a ‘godsend’ for Stephen

A North Clare special needs child is the first in the county to receive an assistance dog from a new national charity. Karen Murtagh, who lives in Ennistymon, has described the arrival of Rocco, a nine-month-old black Labradoodle as a “godsend” for her son, Stephen (10), who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Stephen is one of the lucky children who are benefiting from 48 service dogs provided by My Canine Companion, which trains dogs to assist children and young adults living with ASD. It is the only charity that will give an assistance dog to a child over 10 years of age, as other organisations like to pair an animal with a younger child. Each dog costs the charity over €10,000 to train and Karen will have to raise half of this figure over the coming years. Businesses in Lahinch, where she was born on Main Street, are already rallying around this worthy cause. The 19th Bar in Lahinch has …

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Ennis woman organises seminar on chronic illness treatments

An Ennis woman, who is playing a key role in a new US group advocating radical  treatments for chronic illnesses, has organised a biomedical seminar to help Irish parents. A number of high profile guest speakers will provide information about new treatments, which apparently bring about improvements for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attentin Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm.. There is no known medically proven cures for conditions like ASD and ADHD. Eileen Iorio, nee Jackson, who moved to America in 2004, became involved with Epidemic Answers (EA) having seen a trailer about the movie “Canary Kids” and her own first hand experience of witnessing how her son, Sean, who was on the ASD spectrum, benefit from these new treatments. The former Ernst and Young accountant, who lived in Cork from the age of 10 until she went to Limerick to study Business Studies in …

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