This training and information portal has been developed by Shine Ireland to support and inform the parents and carers of children and young adults with autism. The portal offers a wide range of informational and training presentations on autism related topics as well as downloadable resources and E-books. We hope that you find the portal both useful and informative and we would be happy to hear suggestions you may have on areas we could include on this portal in the future.
Please click on one of the sections below to access training presentations, informational videos, E-books and other resources for that topic.
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About this Portal:
This information and training portal is designed to cover many of the topics that we feel will assist parents in building their understanding and skills in providing help and assistance to their children with autism. For example, the portal contains modules on understanding autism which covers the diagnostic process, the characteristics of autism and how to identify early indications of the condition. It also explains the Dyad of impairments and the diagnostic criteria identified in the DSM 5 assessment. It also explains the diagnostic terms used in the diagnostic process that parents can often find both confusing and overwhelming. In the area of Social Skills we look at the assessment of social skills, barriers, the pre-requisites for social skills training and programmes that can assist in social skills development. While the Early Learning Resources section offers practical programmes to develop fine motor skills and arts and crafts activities. Many of our users may have been directed to the site by a member of the Shine team and we would ask that you would follow any recommendations guidance or advice you have received on the use of resources on the site.
We would advise that the most beneficial way to view these modules is in chronological order as this will give the user a more complete perspective on that particular subject. For example the presentation in the area of anxiety is designed to introduce the viewer to the topic of anxiety and moves on to anxiety and autism, causes and strategies and finally information on how to manage anxiety. Many of the other presentations are also presented in this way.