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The role of the Special Education Support Service (SESS) is to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in relation to special educational provision. Read more about our role.


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 Updates 2015/2016


Dr. Lori Ernsperger; 'The 3 R's to Bullying Prevention for Students with Special Educational Needs: Recognise, Respond and Report'

      22nd February 2016 - Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin
      24th February 2016 - The Connaght Hotel, Galway
      26th February 2016 - The Oriel House Hotel, Co. Cork

The SESS is delighted to announce a series of one days seminars by Dr. Lori Ernsperger, Ph.D, BCBA-D. Dr Ernsperger is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and owner of Autism and Behaviour Consulting. She has over 27 years of experience working in the public schools as a classroom teacher, administrator and behavioural consultant. Dr. Ernsperger currently provides staff development and conference workshops to teachers. Dr. Ernsperger has written three books: 'Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism', 'Just take a bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges' and 'Girls Under the Umbrella of ASD'.

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Professor Wendy McCracken: 'Teaching and Learning of Deaf Children with Complex and/or Additional Needs'


      8th March 2016 - Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin
      11th March 2016 - Charleville Park Hotel, Co. Cork

The SESS is delighted to announce 2 one day seminars by Professor Wendy McCracken. Wendy McCracken is a Professor of Deaf Education at the University of Manchester. She has published widely and supported the development of national document e.g. Early Support Materials in the UK. She has lectured and provided training in a wide variety of settings including New Zealand, Vietnam, India and most recently Rwanda. She has a particular interest in deaf children with complex needs. She was recently awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

The seminar will be a mix of presentations, workshop activities and case studies. It will focus specifically on deaf children and young people with; 

Intellectual Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Profound and Multiple Disabilities. 

The day will also include a focus on the latest research and a translation of this to practice.

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lATSE Conference: 'Voices From The Classroom: Inclusion, Special Education or Inclusive Special Education' 

27th & 28th May 2016

Dublin City University, Institute of Education,

St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Call for papers

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lATSE Spring Regional Seminar: 'Advancing Literacy for Learners with Special Education/Additional Needs'

Saturday 6th February 2016

Dublin West Education Centre, Tallaght IT, Old Blessington Road, Dublin 24

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'Curriculum Access Tool: General Learning Disability (CAT-GLD)'

The Curriculum Access Tool for Students with General Learning Disability (CAT-GLD) is a framework to assist teachers in implementing the curriculum for students with General Learning Disability as outlined in the Guidelines for Teachers of Students with General Learning Disablities of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). This tool is now available to all teachers, please note that there is no password required to access the tool.

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Recent Publications 2015/2016


'Digital Literacy Access, Participation and Communication for the 'Non-Literate' in the New Digital Age'

Tom Daly [Published in LEARN, Journal of the Irish Learning Support Association, Volume 3, 2015, 115-137]

This paper arises from work undertaken by the Special Education Support Service (SESS) within the context of the National Digital Strategy, which sought to develop support for teachers of Moderate and Severe and Profound learning disabilities in the areas of literacy and digital literacy

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Tom Daly [SESS, 2015]

The 'Equality of Challenge' Initiative was a small-scale post-primary project which aimed to advise the development of support in the area of Exceptional Ability and Dual Exceptionality. It ran from 2008/2009 to 2013/2014.

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Webcast: 'The Metacognitive Teacher and Learner: An Introduction to Metacognition in the Classroom'

This webcast examines the important role which Metacognition can play in learning and teaching. It has four main sections:

  1. What metacognition is and why it is important in teaching and learningLink to Metacognition webcast
  2. Metacognitive strategies for use by students and teachers
  3. How metacognition can benefit students with special and additional learning needs
  4. Ideas on how to implement metacognition in schools

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