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#Autism Spectrum Disorder

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Sunday 18 September, 2016

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Sunday 29 May, 2016

Mother to wait 11 months for 'early intervention' appointment for daughter with autism

Waiting lists for occupational and speech therapy appointments are at breaking point around the country.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Friday 22 August, 2014

Column: Let’s make this school year better for people with autism

What can be done to support people with autism in mainstream education? Three words: awareness, dialogue and openness.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Column: Autism certainly makes life harder – but diversity also makes societies flourish

This year, why not make a point of learning about autism? Look at people’s abilities instead of their disabilities, writes Adam Harris.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Column: Misuse of isolation rooms shows how badly we're failing autistic children

With class sizes increasing and support services reduced, autistic children are not getting the education or the care they’re entitled to, writes Niamh Deane.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Use of isolation rooms in schools to come under government scrutiny

In response to queries from this website, the Department of Education has confirmed they have requested that policy advice be developed.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Friday 21 June, 2013

TDs will be asked to vote on reversing special needs teaching cuts

A Fianna Fáil motion, to be voted upon on next Wednesday, asks for increased teaching staff to meet the workload.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Cuts in teaching support for special needs children "utterly unacceptable"

The levels of resource teacher and special needs assistants have been maintained at 2012/2013 levels.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Saturday 11 February, 2012

Tony Humphreys stands by controversial autism comments

Speaking on national radio this morning, the clinical psychologist said that children can shut down and stop communicating if parents don’t respond to their efforts at expression.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Controversial autism article should be retracted - PSI

The head of the professional body for psychology said that the Examiner article by Tony Humphreys was “unhelpful and likely to cause upset”.

# autism-spectrum-disorder - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

ANEW BRAIN scan could mean that the diagnosis of autism in adults could made within 15 minutes.

Conventional diagnosis techniques rely on observation and analysis of a person’s behaviour, which is usually a lengthy and expensive process.

Autism is a disability that affects the normal development of the brain and impacts a person’s ability to interact and communicate socially. Autism is a called a “spectrum” disorder because the symptoms and characteristics of the disorder can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations. It affects mostly males.

Experts at King’s College London have developed the technology, which they hope will eventually replace techniques for diagnosis that are currently used by medical professionals. They have said that further research will be needed before the technique can be used in clinical practice.

Since the study has shown a 90% success rate in detecting ASD in adults, researchers are hoping that they might be able to extend the technique to diagnosing children as well.

The difficulty in diagnosing children means that young people often suffer delays in treatment, prolonging distress and reducing a person’s quality of life.

For more information go to Irish Autism Action.