In September 2006 a special class for children with autism was opened in our school. With an initial enrolment number of two children, the Unit now caters for 24 children in four classes.
The unit is known as An Cuan the Irish for “the harbour” where we provide the children with a secure and safe educational environment. It was named in memory of our late colleague, Josephine Healy.
The unit now has four special classes:
Early Intervention Class: (Muinteoir Eimear) caters for three to five year olds.
Class One: (Múinteoir Eoin) caters for Junior/Senior Infants.
Class Two: (Muinteoir Nessa) caters for children First Class to Second Class.
Class Three:(Múinteoir Ailish) caters for children from Third to Sixth Class.
The age profile of each special class is subject to yearly review, ie. a child may be moved to a more age-appropriate class should a place become available.
COPE Foundation provides a multi-disciplinary support service to children with a diagnosis of autism attending the school. This support includes psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and access to both psychological and social work services.
It is hoped that children enrolled in the unit experience meaningful integration with their typically developing peers during their time in Scartleigh. The provision of integration for the children is dependent on resources and accommodation.