The ESRI report into the educational experience of children with disabilities identifies an apparent gap in resources at primary and secondary level for children with emotional, psychological and mental health problems. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Children with emotional or mental health difficulties are at much greater risk of absenteeism from school and isolation from their peers, according to(...)

it is important to have greater transparency about how students are assigned places in special classes and schools. Photograph: iStockphoto

New research published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute and the National Disability Authority indicates that the majority of chi(...)

Special Needs Assistants represented by Impact have voted for industrial action over what they say is the ‘fragmented’ nature of some posts. Photograph: Thinkstock

Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)represented by Impact have voted in favour of industrial action over what they describe as the proliferation of part-ti(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced interim measure “in recognition of the length of time it will take” to introduce the new resource teacher model. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Children categorised as having “mild” Down syndrome are to receive additional teaching resources in a move cautiously welcomed by parents and campaig(...)

Since late last year the Department of Education has working to implement a new system of allocating resources that would allow pupils with special educational needs gain access to extra teaching resources without having to get a diagnosis of disability.

Plans to reform the allocation of resources for special education needs have been shelved for this year despite concerns about unfairness with the cur(...)

Some past pupils unions  have encouraged fellow fee-paying colleges to write letters of objection to Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A campaign by fee-paying schools against legislation that would regulate admissions policies is set to intensify after school representatives met at (...)

Prof Odom delivered a talk on evidence-based programs for students with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) at the sixth annual National Council for Special Education Research Conference held today at the Croke Park Convention Centre. Photograph: Getty

Responding to interventions touted to benefit the treatment of autism in children, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, medicinal marijuana and aquatic (...)

Professor Samuel Odom said it was often hard for parents of children with autism to access information on treatments.

An international expert on the treatment of autism has warned Irish parents against interventions which are marketed as “cutting edge technologies but(...)

A “better and fairer” way of allocating special education teachers to mainstream schools has been proposed by a working group of the National Council (...)

Educational psychologist William K Wilkinson: He believes it can be a big relief to children when it’s explained how their problems are very specific and not a reflection of their level of intelligence.

Detection of an educational disability can be a profound moment for parents, for teachers and for children themselves. “It really is a game-cha(...)