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Funding approved for new Autism Spectrum Disorder classroom in Laois primary school

Shanahoe NS

Shanahoe National School has been given approval for the reconfiguration of a classroom to provide an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Room.

Laois TD and Minister for State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming, confirmed the news.

Shanahoe is situated 6.5km from the town of Abbeyleix and currently has around 70 pupils.

ASD rooms attached to mainstream classrooms specifically cater for pupils attending schools with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum.

These rooms enable students integrate into the mainstream schools where students with special educational needs.

This includes those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receive an education that enables them to achieve their potential.

Deputy Fleming said: “I would like to acknowlegde the great work by the Principal, teachers, SNAs, Parents and Board of Management to ensure every student has access to the school which helps them achieve their full potential.

“I look forward to the reconfiguration of the classroom commencing as soon as possible and being available for students in Shanahoe National School.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.