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  1. 1. Special education and your child Catriona Monaghan St. Mary’s and St. Gerard’s National School 2011
  2. 2. Outline • Inclusion • Diagnosis • Supports • Intervention • How you can help your child
  3. 3. Inclusion • Special schools • Automatic entitlement 1998 • Legislation EPSEN 2004
  4. 4. Diagnosis • Ideal world • Spectrum • Limited resources • The system • Additional supports for the school • Who benefits?
  5. 5. School support/ resources • Resource hours (LITHs) + SNAs • Individual Education Plan (IEP) • General allocation (GA) • Current position: GA = 1 FT teacher + 15 hours LITHs = 19 hours + 1 SNA • Recession? -10% of LITHs • Team
  6. 6. Intervention • Withdrawal pros + cons • In-class pros + cons • Combination • DES : Literacy + Maths; LSG 10%ile • Special programmes
  7. 7. Special programmes • Daily gross motor exercise programme • Primary movement • Speech and language groups • Mathletics • IT and keyboard skills
  8. 8. Exercise programme • Why? • What? Brain gym fitness coordination • Purpose • Who? • Your child?
  9. 9. Research • Significant relationship between academic achievement + physical fitness • Link between control of movement + reading difficulty • Motor learning difficulties present in large % of young people with emotional + behavioural difficulties • Over 40% of Irish children undertake less physical activity than is desirable and 20% are critically inactive • Gross motor development precedes fine motor • Main areas are balance, locomotion + manipulation
  10. 10. Primary Movement • Why? • What? PMs = Movement patterns which emerge during foetal life As the central nervous system develops, they are switched off Persistence of primary reflexes after 12 months interferes with development and can effect learning • Purpose? • Who? Jun Inf, Sen Inf, 1st and 4th
  11. 11. Speech and language group • Why? • What? • Who? • Your child?
  12. 12. Mathletics • Why? • What? • Who? • Your child?
  13. 13. IT and keyboard skills • Why? • What? • Who? • Your child?
  14. 14. Summary • Outline • Inclusion benefits all • Challenges stimulate new learning • Parents • School
  15. 15. Handouts Questions

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