Transition to Secondary School

Transition to Secondary School Guidelines

What are my child’s options at secondary school level?

Currently there are 3 options of school placement for children with ASD who are transitioning to secondary school. These are:
1. Mainstream School (with supports)
2. Special class (attached to a mainstream school)
3. Special School

My child is transitioning to secondary school: what reports will I need?
– Most children will not need a review Psychological, Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language report for secondary school. A review may only be required in exceptional circumstances such as significant difficulties accessing the curriculum. The vast majority of learning difficulties can be identified by your child’s primary school.
– Your child’s existing diagnostic report (regardless of the age of the report) will be sufficient to access resource teaching at second level.
– Children who require a special class placement may require a supporting letter from    Marian House. These letters will not be issued until your child is in 6th Class.
– Children who require SNA access may require a review of their care needs and a letter from Marian House. This does not take place until your child is in 6th Class.

What do I need to do as a parent?
(A) Is it essential that you contact your Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) to make them aware that you child is transitioning to secondary school. Your primary school can provide you with the contact details for your SENO.
(B) When your child is in 5th you should begin to prepare them for the move to secondary school. To help with this process we have developed a skills checklist that helps parents and teachers target skills that children need to develop for secondary school. These skills can be added to IEP targets. This checklist is available to download from the Marian House blog
(C) Meet with your child’s primary school to discuss the level of support your child is currently receiving and in what areas. If your child is accessing SNA support it may be time to plan for increased independence depending on their needs. This discussion may help inform your secondary school decision.

What does my child’s primary school need to do?
(A) We recommend that school use The ‘Transitioning to Secondary School Workbook’ collaboratively between you, your child and their resource teacher, depending on the needs of the child. The workbook was designed to serve as a template to help create an individualized resource to meet each child’s transition needs. As the workbook is quite lengthy, it is best to use only those pages that would be of most benefit. There are examples of Social Stories as well as ideas on other activities that would be useful at the end of each section.
(B) We suggest that Transition Reports could be completed by class teacher and/or resource teachers in your child’s primary school as they are more than familiar with your child’s needs. The South Lee ASD team in Marian House will continue to issue guidelines and online resources to assist Resource Teachers with Transition Plans. A sample report and report template is available to download from the Marian House blog

Parental Concerns
– If you are concerned about your child’s academic progress you can request that your school principal discuss your child with the school’s NEPS Psychologist
–  If you are unsure as to whether your child requires a special class/school placement you can contact Marian House for support in the decision making process.

•Seno Contact List
•Marian House Blog (Search transition)
•Autism Education Trust Transition Toolkit:>
•NCSE Transition information booklet:

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UCC summer workshops to support students who have dyslexia or dyspraxia


UCC’s Disability Support Service offers Summer training workshops on useful strategies and Assistive Technology (AT) to support second level students who have dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Cost: € 30 for a one day workshop (10am to 3.30pm)

June 1st 10am to 3.30pm Useful strategies and assistive
technology for students who have
dyspraxia (DCD)
incl. technology to support writing, planning and organising difficulties.
O’Rahilly Building (244), Main Campus, UCC

June 2nd 10am to 3.30pm Useful strategies and assistive
technology for students who have
incl. Read & Write Gold, Dragon
Naturally Speaking and Inspiration mind mapping software. O’Rahilly Building (244), Main Campus, UCC

Or contact  Deirdre Madden, Assistive Technology Outreach Co-ordinator,

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Cork SportsAbility Week 2017 March 25th – April 2nd

This is a week of activities promoting disability sport and inclusion in Cork. Further details about the programme are here: Week long schedule of activities to promote Disability Sport & Inclusion in Cork – See further details at at:

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Searsol after school typing courses – available now Nationwide

Searsol after school typing course is now available nationwide. We currently have twenty centres available throughout Ireland. A free trial is available for you to bring your child along to experience the benefits of learning how to touch type in a Searsol after school typing centre. The course is suitable for children from the age of eight upwards that needs to learn how to touch type.

Searsol after school typing courses offer your child the following:

  • Qualified instructors with years of experience teaching children how to touch type.
  • Qualified instructors that are Garda vetted.
  • Students work at their own pace but in a group environment so encouraging the child to learn.
  • A student report is available at the end of each of class to show how students are getting on.
  • Praise and positivity are delivered throughout the course.
  • Course certification are presented at the end of each term

Searsol centre locations, tutor name and contact number is as follows:

  • Artane, Dublin 5 – Sean Carthy- 01-6303384
  • Dundrum, Dublin 16 – Sean Carthy – 01-6303384
  • Lucan, Dublin West – Sean Carthy – 01-6303384
  • Monkstown, Co. Dublin – Jackie Andrews – 086-3780842
  • Ennis, Co Clare – Angela McGrath – 01-6303384
  • Limerick City – Sharon Kingston – 087-3522281
  • Kanturk, Co Cork – Ursula Noonan – 089-4390798
  • Mallow, Co Cork – Ursula Noonan – 089-43907989
  • Ballyphehane,Cork – Donal Deasy – 086-3891767
  • Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan – Ciara Mc Ardle – 087-4665792
  • Drogheada, Co.Louth – Ciara Mc Ardle – 087-4665792
  • Dundalk, Co. Louth – Ciara Mc Ardle – 087-4665792
  • Kilkenny City – Majella Phelan – 086 371 3573
  • Carlow City – Majella Phelan – 086 371 3573
  • Galway City – Maria Quigley – 0852051624
  • Waterford City – Audrey Hardiman – 0871784737
  • Tramore, Co Waterford, – Audrey Hardiman – 0871784737
  • Castlebar, Co Mayo – Gabriell Marsh – 083 8368680
  • Ballina, Co Mayo – Gabriell Marsh – 083 8368680
  • Westport, Co Mayo – Gabriell Marsh – 083 8368680

For more information about the course and to book your free trial online, visit our webpage for more information

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Visual Idea For After School Routine On Pinterest

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16+ Options – Employment and Education Fair

16+ Options – Employment and Education Fair

16+ Options – Employment and Education Fair

Venue : Newpark Comprehensive School, Newpark Av, Blackrock, Dublin, Dublin

  • Closing Date : Thursday 26 January 2017 05:00PM
  • Start Date : Saturday 28 January 2017 10:00AM
  • End Date : Saturday 28 January 2017 03:00PM

Further information and Booking can be found at


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Telephone Contact with Marian House

To people who need to phone the Brothers of Charity South Lee ASD Team or the Regional ASD Team:

We are aware that people find it difficult and frustrating to make telephone contact with either of our services, at times. We fully understand that this is not helpful for families and other people who need to make contact with us.

By way of explanation, we have two sets of problems that might explain this difficulty.

We have a relatively old telephone system and we are informed by the telephone provider that this system will not support a telephone answering service. When one of the telephone lines is occupied or when a telephone call is being answered, another person who is trying to make telephone contact will hear not hear an engaged tone. Our base here at Marian House is temporary pending the Progressing Disabilities reorganization so there is no funding available for a telephone upgrade.

Secondly, we do not have full staff cover for receptionist duties as all administrative staff have considerable clerical workloads which needs to get done.

So, we will do our best to answer the telephone from 9.30 -11am daily and from 1.30 – 3.30 PM daily.

An alternative method of making contact is by email to either: for South Lee ASD team enquiries; and for Regional ASD team enquiries.

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