Individual Education Plan Resource for Parents

Parent target areas for IEPs

Down Syndrome Ireland

Down Syndrome Ireland’s website contains a vast library of information for people who have Down Syndrome. Everything from early stages right through adolescence  is covered, along with health and educational information.

Middletown Centre for Autism

One of the leading centres for training of educational professionals and parents alike on Autism is Middletown. They run courses/training days (which are all free of charge) which demonstrate the many aspects and parts of Autism (such as anxiety management and transitioning) and how you can to help child cope with them.

Middletown courses currently available for parents


In St. Mary’s Special School we use the Lámh sign communication system. This is a manual/key-word sign system used by people with intellectual disabilities or communication needs in Ireland. Lámh is endorsed by the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. This is used by all of our staff with our students and if parents wish to continue using this system at home, they can find more information at the link provided below.

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is used in St. Mary’s to teach literacy through synthetic phonics. It teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills. Many of these songs can be found either on YouTube or at the Jolly Phonics home page, which are both linked below.