Middletown Centre for Autism

Middletown Centre for Autism

If you have any queries please contact the Centre by:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0044 ( www.middletownautism.com

Operating as usual

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 07/12/2023

If you haven’t worn your festive attire yet, today is the day! Save the Children are running their annual Christmas Jumper Day today. While this is fun and festive for many, some children will feel uncomfortable wearing new or unfamiliar clothing, but they can still join in creatively by using this ‘Design your own jumper’ template.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_10_Dec_Design_your_own_Christmas_jumper.pdf

06/12/2023

The noise, smells, social demands and changed routines at Christmas can cause anxiety for anyone. This simple visual support will prompt calm breathing, and provides a festive twist on breathing exercises.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_24_Dec_Breathing_Exercise.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 05/12/2023

Have you decorated your tree yet? Now’s your chance! This activity will kick off the festive season and it can help to develop fine motor and scissor skills in a fun way. Feel free to add some tinsel and glitter!

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Mon_12_Dec_Decorate_the_Christmas_Tree.pdf

04/12/2023

Oh the weather outside is frightful….! Some ideas here for rainy or stormy days over the festive period.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_3_Dec_Christmas_Indoor_Activities.pdf

01/12/2023

The Festive Season is full of excitement, but it can also feel quite chaotic. Across the month, we’ll be sharing tips to help make Christmas feel more manageable for the whole family. Why not start off your mindful Christmas with this grounding exercise.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_1st_Dec_Grounding_Exercise_-_Christmas.pdf

01/12/2023

The MCA Research Journal is an open access, peer reviewed, on-line only journal that aims to improve the educational outcomes, opportunities and services for autistic people.

Read about the novel and interesting research studies that are carried out across Ireland to positively impact the lives of autistic people:
https://best-practice.middletownautism.com/research-journals/

30/11/2023

ONLY 1 DAY until you can access The first ever MCA Research Journal!

29/11/2023

ONLY 2 DAYS until you can access The first ever MCA Research Journal!

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 29/11/2023

Applications are invited for the following appointments:

• Learning Support Officer/ Classroom Assistant (temporary maternity cover for up to 12 months):

Closing date – Monday 11th December 2023 at 4pm, interviews scheduled to take place on Friday 15th December 2023.

Main Essential Criteria:
• Have a minimum of 12 months’ experience in a paid capacity working with autistic children and young people in a formal education setting AND NVQ Level II in Children's Care Learning and Development, or equivalent qualification as recognised by the Education and Library Board or DES in Ireland
• Knowledge and understanding of autism and how it can impact children and young people.
• Knowledge and understanding of a range of autism specific supports and approaches.
• A clear understanding of child protection requirements.

There are also a number of service provider opportunities:
• Trainer/ Advisors
• Teachers/ Occupational Therapists/ Speech & Language Therapists
• Music Therapists, Art Therapists & other autism specific specialisms

Please review the full job description prior to completing applications.

Applications should be made via our online application process https://middletownautism.getgotjobs.co.uk/home

Alternatively, applications can be requested by contacting Middletown Centre for Autism on +44 (0)28 375 15750.

28/11/2023

ONLY 3 DAYS until you can access The first ever MCA Research Journal!

28/11/2023

We know that autistic children can often feel a particular bond with animals. Whether you have a house full of pets or just humans, this visual step-by-step guide will explain how to make a paper plate pet. They need far less food and exercise than a real pet!

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Wed_9_Nov_Paper_Plate_Pets_-_step_by_step_guide.pdf

24/11/2023

Focused interests bring a world of joy in their own right, and they can also be helpful when we need to have difficult conversations or explore feelings. This example uses a focused interest in Super Mario to help a young person measure how they might be feeling. You can work together to build your own scale based on individual interests and how emotions feel to your child or young person.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Thurs_Nov_23rd_Mario_scale.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 23/11/2023

Christmas is here! Below is a list of Autism Inclusive Christmas Events for N.I & R.OI. Please visit the link below to access the hyperlinks to each event and enjoy!

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Autism_Inclusive_Christmas_Events_2023.pdf

22/11/2023

In our latest podcast episode, we chat to Noelle Foley Coughlan, a student who recently graduated from the MA in Autism Studies co-designed by Middletown Centre for Autism and Mary Immaculate College. Noelle focused her research on exploring the many strengths of autistic people of marginalised genders.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5mSa0W6kW5P69L9rCSmQUa

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-middletown-centre-for-autism-podcast/id1554057325

Buzzsprout: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1184276

To find out more about our graduate courses visit: https://www.mic.ul.ie/faculty-of-education/programme/graduate-certificate-diploma-ma-autism-studies?index=0

16/11/2023

The very first issue of the MCA Research Journal is coming soon!

The MCA Research Journal is an open access, peer reviewed, on-line journal that will provide rapid publication of research that aims to improve the educational outcomes, opportunities and services for autistic people.

We want to share the novel and interesting research studies that are carried out (primarily across Ireland) to positively impact the lives of autistic people.

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 15/11/2023

All people have a right to a means of communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication offers a potential route for non-speaking autistic people to communicate but the correct support must be given. This resource looks at outdated and supportive methods of using AAC.

https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_4th_Aug_Introducing_Augmentative_and_Alternative_Communication__1_.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 14/11/2023

Focused interests offer a source of pure joy for autistic people. They can also be a useful way to focus attention and build plans. This example harnesses an interest in adorable animals to help build a manageable step-by-step schedule.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Tues_Nov_14th_Focused_interest_scales.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 10/11/2023

We know that a lot of autistic people feel very comfortable in nature and in connection with elements from the natural world. This activity uses many natural materials, perfect for this Autumn season. Exploring textures outside and working with paint can encourage sensory exploration and improve fine motor skills. Messy hands can bring many benefits and lots of fun!

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_Nov_10th_Natural_Paintbrushes.pdf

09/11/2023

Understanding of autism and autistic experience has changed dramatically in recent years. This also means that there has been a shift in the sorts of supports that are considered appropriate, useful and affirming for autistic people of any age. Here we discuss a strategy that is still commonly used but is no longer appropriate: Planned Ignoring.

To download:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Tues_Aug_1st_Responding_to_Communication__1_.pdf

08/11/2023

In our latest podcast episode, we chat to Kayren Hayes, a student who recently graduated from the MA in Autism Studies co-designed by Middletown Centre for Autism and Mary Immaculate College. Kayren focused her research on understanding the experiences of late-diagnosed autistic women.

Listen here:
https://www.middletownautism.com/social-media/podcast-with-kayren-hayes-11-2023

To find out more about our graduate courses visit: https://www.mic.ul.ie/faculty-of-education/programme/graduate-certificate-diploma-ma-autism-studies?index=0

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 07/11/2023

Congratulations to our Master's in Autism Studies Graduates. MCA & MIC joint partnership, celebrating the success of graduates Noelle, Carmel, Kayren and Sarah .

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 06/11/2023

We’re celebrating focused interests as a strength that can bring pure joy. They can also be helpful to harness attention to introduce different topics. This resource uses an interest in football as a way to talk about how autistic young people might gain perspective on problems they’re facing.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Mon_Nov_6th_What-size-is-my-problem_-_Football.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 02/11/2023

Focused interests offer a source of regulation as well as joy for autistic people. They can also be a useful way to focus attention and introduce different types of learning. This example harnesses an interest in football to start a conversation about calm breathing and regulation.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Thur_Nov_2nd_Football_-_calm_breathing.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 30/10/2023

Here is a game which could be incorporated into your Halloween fun. Movement can help to regulate children and young people, and these cards provide visual prompts for the different activities. The perfect way for the whole family to limber up before you dance to the Monster Mash!

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Wed_26_Oct_Halloween_Movement_cards.pdf

27/10/2023

Between strange outfits, chaotic streets and meeting lots of new people, trick or treating can feel a bit overwhelming for some. Here are some ways that young people can make the most of Halloween if they don’t feel like trick or treating.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_28_Oct_Alternatives_to_Trick_or_Treating.pdf

26/10/2023

Huge congratulations to our GCAS and MA students who are graduating today from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

25/10/2023

In our latest podcast episode, we chat to Carmel Rainsford, a student on the MA in Autism Studies co-designed by Middletown Centre for Autism and Mary Immaculate College. Carmel had studied on the graduate certificate and graduate diploma before she undertook the MA. The MA is focused on creating autism-affirming research. This is the first of our podcasts that will be celebrating the work of some of our students as they get set to graduate later this week. Carmel focused her research on understanding what school staff need so they are able to support meaningful inclusion for their autistic students.

To find out more about our graduate courses visit: https://www.mic.ul.ie/faculty-of-education/programme/graduate-certificate-diploma-ma-autism-studies?index=0

To listen please click here:
Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/show/5mSa0W6kW5P69L9rCSmQUa

Apple- https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-middletown-centre-for-autism-podcast/id1554057325

Buzzsprout- https://www.buzzsprout.com/1184276

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 23/10/2023

A lovely Autumnal activity which offers tactile experiences and will support the development of fine motor skills.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Mon_17_Oct_Painting_Leaves_-_outdoor_play_activity.pdf

20/10/2023

Halloween dress up day can be lots of fun for some students, but others may find it a bit confusing or overwhelming. This social narrative explains what will happen and emphasises the importance of choice and personal preference.

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_Oct_20th_Halloween_Social_narrative.pdf

19/10/2023

It is time to think about Halloween, and food is always a good place to start! A friend of the Centre has been busy at home, decorating Halloween themed buns. Lots of great ideas here to copy.

Click here for the method:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Mon_18_Oct_Halloween_buns.pdf

Photos from Middletown Centre for Autism's post 17/10/2023

The Centre is sharing a popular game from last October: Halloween Bingo! This can be used to support different elements of play and, most importantly, have fun this spooky season!

Resource:
https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Resources/Fri_22_Oct_Halloween_bingo.pdf

16/10/2023

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is currently a delay in processing attendance following the Centre's training sessions.

This will unfortunately result in a delay in issuing notes and certificates.
The Admin Department is working to address this as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience.

13/10/2023

Today we have a great illustration from Little Puddins that focuses on unmasking. Amanda shares some of the things that might help her feel comfortable enough to fully be herself.

You can find more of Amanda’s work here: https://littlepuddins.ie/

12/10/2023

Today we have another beautiful illustration from Little Puddins. It’s celebrating the importance of autistic friendships and the many ways that they can be beneficial.

You can find more of Amanda’s work here: https://littlepuddins.ie/

10/10/2023

Today we’re sharing gorgeous artwork from Little Puddins that is focused on the unique communication strengths of autistic people. A subject that has been overlooked for far too long.

Here’s what Amanda says about her work:
“Autistic Communication Strengths 💜
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What I have learned above all else is that I communicate best when communicating with the autistic - neurodivergent - autistic ally community 💜
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That impending sense of dread that I’m not able to pick up on everything being said, gestured and the unsaid, it gets lost in translation.
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Having spent almost 40 years judged for my perceived social miscommunications, I realise now that it was never my fault.
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It was that my communication style was viewed negatively, viewed as a deficit, when in reality it was a different communication style.
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What were actually my communication strengths were viewed as deficits that needed to be eradicated and moulded into a shape that suited the neuromajority 💜
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Autistic Communication Styles are valid and are an autistic strength 💜”

You can find more of Amanda’s work here: https://littlepuddins.ie/

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The MCA Research Journal is an open access, peer reviewed, on-line only journal that aims to improve the educational out...
The very first issue of the MCA Research Journal is coming soon! The MCA Research Journal is an open access, peer review...
Huge congratulations to our GCAS and MA students who are graduating today from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.#unders...
The very first issue of the MCA Research Journal is coming soon! The MCA Research Journal is an open access, peer review...
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. It's important that everyone in our community takes time to mind their mental health tod...
Have you downloaded the Middletown Centre for Autism app yet?  It makes it easy to access resources, sign up for trainin...
The MCA Research Journal is an open access, peer reviewed, on-line only journal that will provide rapid publication of r...
The Centre is very grateful to another parent today for sharing the visual schedules and other supports which she uses a...
It is important to determine which type of visual support is meaningful and easily understood by the child/young person....
If you missed the Centre’s 5-week online training programmes in September-October, don’t worry as they will be running a...
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