Half of schools accept autism plans [IrishTimes]

AT LEAST half of the schools which specialise in providing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to children with autism have signed up to controversial proposals from the Department of Education to recognise them as special schools.

The department sent out letters to 12 pilot ABA schools giving them a fortnight to vote on proposals which would see them officially recognised as special schools with access to permanent State funding.

The schools’ boards of management have been given until the end of this week to decide whether to accept the offer.At least six have voted to accept the deal.

The department’s letter of offer states that ABA should be provided as part of a wider array of other teaching methods – also known as the eclectic approach – which also uses picture exchange communication system, social stories and developmentally based approaches.


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