Individualised Planning for Students with Autism, Post Primary

Post-Primary Autism Courses
Date Venue
23rd September 2019 Laois Education Centre
9th October 2019 Dublin West Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins: 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.30 PM

Summary Description

This one day seminar, for Post Primary teachers, provides an overview of individualised educational planning with particular focus on planning for the pupil with Autism.


Anticipated Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the IEP within the context of rationale, process and product

  • Focus on the challenges for pupils with Autism in relation to inclusion and accessing the curriculum

  • Explore the various stages of developing an IEP, beginning with gathering information and assessment

  • Participate in workshops to identify pupils’ strengths and needs, priority learning needs and targets

  • Discuss strategies for IEP implementation and IEP review in collaborative settings


Course Outline and Content

  • Explore the IEP rationale, process and product

  • Outline the particular challenges experienced by pupils with Autism

  • Focus on the unique learning style of the pupil with Autism

  • Provide a framework for writing IEPs which includes the pupils’ strengths and needs, priority learning needs, learning targets and progress


The course has three parts:

Part 1

Why do we use IEPs and who are they for?

School Self Evaluation and the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy- relevant DES and NSCE publications and guidelines

The contents of an IEP

IEP as an ongoing process


Part 2

Background to Autism and challenges to the pupil

Writing the IEP

Autism- specific assessment and assessment for Literacy and Numeracy



Part 3

Stages for writing the IEP

Implementation and review

Transition IEPs


Workshops are provided throughout the day to enable discussion and collaboration


Information for Applicants

The course is open to

  • Teachers working in classes for student(s) with Autism in a mainstream setting
  • Teachers in Special Schools who are currently working with student(s) with Autism
  • Full-time Special Education Teachers who are currently working with student(s) with Autism
  • Participants will require permission from the Board of Management to attend. Typically, substitution for this seminar will only be allowed to subject teachers with primary responsibility for students with a special educational need and if it is deemed absolutely essential by the Principal
  • Typically substitution will only be allocated to non - substitute teachers
  • Payment is not available to teachers in a substitute capacity


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.