There is currently a controversy in the Republic of Ireland about the use of "Isolation Rooms" to manage pupils with Autism.
Please note, these are not "chill out zones" or sensory spaces. They are plain undecorated spaces where a pupil with ASD will be
placed alone and prevented from leaving for a period. To learn more read this story on the Journal.ie
or listen to the RTE Radio 1 story here Warning: both links could be extremely upsetting to any parent or person with ASD. I couldn't listen through to the end.
They are used in mainstream schools where Autistic pupils are 'included' and in special schools as punitive measure in response to perceived 'misbehaviour'
I use inverted commas because inclusion in these cases is recalcitrant at best and not supported by appropriate training or resources. And what is considered "misbehaviour" in these cases is very much a case of interpretation.
At this time of year you might be lucky enough to be planning a holiday. And some of you, thanks to a negative experience in the past might be having trepidations - I have some advice that might make it easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
Where I live on the island of Ireland, it can rain for 10 of the 14 days you have set aside for your break. No matter how scenic the location, you do not want to find yourself cooped up in a holiday house with no broadband, no cable tv and the prospect of hanging around the local Supermarket for entertainment.
The usual indoor amusement centres do not work for people with high sensory needs, and they are expensive anyway.
And 'Long walks in the Rain followed by an Irish Coffee in a local pub' are for romantic weekends as a COUPLE. Not a family of 4 with no clothes dryer.
So take my advice and go somewhere sunny for your holidays. And fly!
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