Gene Yore gene.yore@Dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat
Ardee Educate Together N.S. has opened its new autism unit.
The autism unit is made up of two special classes for autism and a sensory room. Each class has one special teacher and two special needs assistants to cater for six pupils.
Each child has their own individual education programme with attainable goals and targets which is specifically tailored towards their special needs.
Pupils may integrate into mainstream classes once they are ready to do so. There is also a fabulous new multi-sensory room complete with all the very latest and best equipment to stimulate each of the senses.
The sensory room is used by pupils in the special classes, but mainstream pupils with sensory needs also have access to the room and equipment.
This is an exciting and important development for the growing school which will shortly move to a brand new purpose built school building beside St Brigid’s Hospital on the Kells Road.
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to provide these places for children with autism which are so badly needed,” said Principal Ann Middleton.
The school wishes to thank Dundalk Lions Club for donating an ipad will be used in the new class as there are many autism apps.
The school really appreciates this generosity.