Wednesday, December 04 2013
Parents who have concerns about their child/children's development should contact their local health nurse. They will then refer you for an assessment of needs from the Assessment Officer under the Disability Act if required. By law this assessment should be completed by 6 months from he date of referral and the children should be under 5 years of age. Parents can however obtain a diagnosis privately from a qualified Clinical Psychologist or Child Psychiatrist using DSM IV.
Upon obtaining your diagnosis report it will have recommendations for appropriate educational support and therapies needed.
If your child got a diagnosis of ASD you then need to apply to the different schools to get him/her on their waiting list either for the ASD unit or mainstream with a Special Needs Assistant. You should contact your local Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO). You can locate your SENO from www.ncse.ie. He/She would be able to assist you with finding suitable placement for your child.
You can apply for home tuition from the Department of Education until a suitable place is available. To do this you will need to download the form off their website (Google home tuition form it should come up with the relevant year form). You will then need to get in touch with your SENO to approve you apply for home tuition. You will then need to source a qualified Primary teacher as per the Department of Education requirement to sign the form to be your child's tutor. You will then need to send this form to the Department of Education Special Needs Section. Please note that unless the Department as approved the teacher they cannot start working with your child as the Department will not issue payment.
Friday, June 21 2013
We had the Culture Day today. Children from different countries dressed in their traditional clothes. Parents and teachers prepared food of their countries. We had food from China, Italy, Poland, Spain, Ireland, India, Congo, Nigeria and other countries! Yum yum!
Saturday, June 01 2013
Hope aims to provide professional education and child-care service at all times. We operate an open door policy and parents are more than welcome to participate or visit our school any time they wish. Below please find the letter issued by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs proving that we passed the HSE requirements.
Saturday, April 20 2013
Our staff attended the conference held by the Irish Society for Autism
on the 3rd and 4th April 2013
Below: Sonya (SLT), Ceadlyn (OT), Sherene (Manager) and Jennifer (Head teacher) with Temple Grandin (second from right).
Tuesday, March 05 2013
This year is the year of Snake for Chinese. The first day of Chinese New Year fell on 10th February, 2013. We had a whole week about Chinese New Year in Hope. On Friday 8th February, we had a small Chinese New Year Party, making Chinese New Year Arts and Crafts and listening to Chinese New Year songs. Children greeted teachers ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’ (Happy New Year) and the teachers delivered the red envelopes to the children.
This is a paperplate fish.
The Chinese characters underneath (Nian Nian You Yu) means prosperity every year.
In Chinese, fish is pronunced as 'Yu', it's the same sound as 'surplus' as well.