ASD class

July 17th, 2016

Rang Uathachais luath idirghabhála naíscoile agus  Rang Uathachais príomhshrutha bunscoile.

Early Intervention pre-school Autism class and mainstream primary ASD class

Gaelscoil Donncha Rua decided to expand our school service, in September 2016 by opening a new unit catering to the needs of children with an ASD diagnosis.

The decision was taken with a view to provide an education in a mainstream setting for children who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Our Mission

We aim to offer a positive meaningful educational experience, which allows the child to develop to his/her full learning potential in an environment that offers clarity, predictability and calm. To offer a broad and balanced curriculum, while targeting the individual learning and developmental needs of each child.

Our Aim

Our ASD class aims to offer an autism specific learning environment within a mainstream co-educational national school. This setting facilitates optimum inclusion as part of the school community with access to mainstream activities as appropriate.

Our Early Intervention class aims to provide quality early years education to all students. A variety of supports and interventions will be used to enable children to access the Early years curriculum (Aistear) and to promote school readiness.


Why Choose Gaelscoil Donncha Rua?


  • Our school takes a child centred approach to learning that promotes the overall development of children.

  • We understand the importance of Early Intervention and endeavour to support our children in any way possible.

  • We provide a spacious, calming and yet stimulating environment designed with your child’s needs in mind.

  •  Our school is ideally located beside the local leisure center giving us direct access to their halls, equipment and swimming pool-great for gross motor development.

  • Adjacent to fully equipped community playground.

  • Our staff are committed to and enthusiastic about continuous professional development.

  • We provide a safe, caring, and stimulating environment in which all our students can thrive.


What are the benefits of attending a specialised ASD class?


If attending either of our Early Intervention classes your

child will benefit from:

  • Specialised educational support byexperienced professionals.

  • Low student staff ratio (2:1)- one teacher and two SNA’s in each class of six children.

  • A curriculum tailored to each child’s individual learning needs and development.

  • The opportunity to integrate into the mainstream environment.

  • The option to avail of free door to door school transport.


Our staff are passionate about providing an excellent service which will optimise your child’s development. They will….

  •  Employ an eclectic mix of supports including:

  • Sensory integration therapies


  • PECS

  • ABA

  • “Floortime”

  • Work in partnership with parents- regular parent/teacher meetings and keeping of two way diaries.

  • Consult with the local early intervention team in order to ensure your child’s optimal development.

  • Provide a caring, supportive and fun filled therapeutic environment in which children can  develop, explore and grow.

Children of school going age attending our classes will experience the best of both worlds in that they will be a part of the whole school community, while continuing to benefit from the additional support and specialised environment that a mainstream ASD class can provide.

Application Procedure for Enrolment

Enrolment Applications for the 2016/2017 school year will be accepted from the 1st October 2016.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with the school Enrolment Policy. Enrolment will only be considered when all supporting documentation has been provided.

Applicants for enrolment must have a definite diagnosis of Autism and a recommendation for placement in the appropriate setting.

The closing date for the submission of enrolment applications is the 15th March each year.

For more information or to enquire about enrolment please do not hesitate to contact us…


Gaelscoil Donncha Rua

Bóthar Linne,


Co. an Chláir

Teil: 061 363165