Scoil na mBuachaillí Clonakilty establishing ASD specific class

Scoil na mBuachaillí, (Clonakilty Boy’s National School) is establishing a Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) specific class – Early Intervention Class, due to commence in September 2019. 

Early Intervention Classes are intended to provide early support for children with ASD before they start school. Following early intervention, children may attend a mainstream class unless there is a professional guidance that they require a Special ASD Class.

Early Intervention Classes are available for children age three to five with ASD. The early intervention class will follow the junior / senior infant’s hours. (The school may reduce the hours for three-year-olds, who may be unable to manage a full day in the early intervention setting.) 

The class is intended for pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism meeting DSM IV/V or ICD diagnostic criteria. Special Classes for ASD will have a maximum of six pupils. ASD classes are staffed with one teaching post and two Special needs assistant per class. 

Children with special educational needs mature and develop and their learning needs change over time. For this reason and to ensure that the special class remains the most appropriate educational setting for pupils enrolled, each child’s educational placement is kept under regular review. Arrangements will be made for the appropriate inclusion of children with special educational needs attending special classes into mainstream classes, according to their level of needs and attainments.  

The criteria for obtaining a place in the ASD specific class is as follows: 

• Children must have a diagnosis of ASD DSM 4 or DSM 5 or ICDM Childhood Autism. 

• If the child is between three and four, they do not need a recommendation for an early intervention class.  

• If the child is between four and five, they do need a recommendation for an early intervention class. 

• If the child is going to be five in the September starting school, they are not eligible for the early intervention class. 

Parents make the final decision whether their child should be enrolled in a special class, in conjunction with student, school and other relevant professionals. Parents require comprehensive information about the options available and should actively consult with relevant professionals (e.g. School, psychologist, special educational needs organiser (SENO) to arrive at an informed decision. 

For more information, email or call SNB, Clonakilty on 023 8834487 or email 

WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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