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St. Paul's Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Description of Services

St. Paul's Services for Children with Autism, was established in 1970 by the Sisters of Mercy and operates under the auspices of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH). St. Paul's provides services for both children with ASD and their families. The services include education, residential and respite care for children between 4 and 18 years of age. The social, emotional, educational, physical and spiritual development of all children with an ASD is supported in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance.

St. Pauls uses a  person-centred approach incorporating a range of methods and programmes in order to enable children to live lives that are as independent and satisfying as possible.

Some approaches used include:

  • SCERTS
  • Awards Scheme Development Accreditation Network (ASDAN)
  • ABA
  • PECS
  • TEACCH
  • FLOORTIME

Multi-Disciplinary Team

The multi-disciplinary team involved in the care of the children include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Childcare
  • Teachers
  • Special Needs Assistants

St. Paul’s Services includes

Both the Special National School and Hospital are situated on the main campus at Beaumont Woods, Dublin. The St. Paul’s Community House (preparation for adult living) and Respite Service are located within the local community.

Access to Services

Admission to the services for children with a diagnosis of ASD is by referral to the Medical Director.

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