Individualised Planning for Students with Autism, Primary

Primary Autism Courses
Date Venue
26th September 2019 Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22
11th October 2019 Athlone Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins : 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.15 PM

Summary Description

This one day seminar, for 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 classroom 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.