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The Best Childcare Choice For A Child With ASD

Finding the right childcare is always a learning curve, but there is even more to think about if your child needs extra levels of attention for any reason.

Louise Barrett, director of childcare at The Park Academy Childcare, answers this question from a mum who is looking for advice about choosing childcare for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Q. After taking extended leave to stay at home caring for my nearly three-year-old son, I am looking to return to work shortly and looking into daycare. However, now he has recently been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and I am worried about leaving him and whether he will get the care and time he needs in a childcare facility. What would be my best option to be sure I am giving him the best care?

A. Choosing the right childminding option for your family is not an easy task, it is best to review all options available to you and then make a decision when armed with that knowledge. Inevitably, there are going to be pros and cons to each option so a little thought at the beginning is helpful.

As your little boy has been diagnosed with ASD, you must have been to your GP and various support groups to get this assessment and diagnosis at such an early age. I would recommend that you ask these agencies what would best suit his needs at present.

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In Park Academy, we provide an inclusive environment catering for all children, and work in partnership with the families when there is a child with additional needs concerned. Each child has different triggers and needs to be looked at on an individual basis. For example, if a child gets easily overwhelmed with loud noise and movement within the room, a busy crèche would not be a suitable environment for them and we might recommend one of our smaller facilities.

Activities Are Important 

Likewise, if a child needs stimulation and ample garden space to keep them entertained, a busy crèche may be the perfect place for them. Childminders may be useful if you feel he needs one-to-one care, however the selection of the right candidate is imperative, or perhaps a combination of preschool and childminder could be considered.

When your little boy is two years and eight months of age, he will be entitled to access a free preschool place and can remain there until he transfers to primary school.

Support 

The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model that supports children in Ireland with additional needs so the child can access the preschool place they deserve. If you work directly with the preschool/crèche they will be able to assist you in applying for additional supports that may benefit your child. You can find more information about this at www.aim.gov.ie Returning to work after extended maternity can be hard, so be sure to look after yourself. Your little boy will no doubt thrive in whatever you decide.

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