The Hatchet Inn Annual Tractor Run

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What a day!!!
The Hatchet Inn Annual Tractor Run took place on 30th April 2017 . Our School were the beneficiaries of the funds raised which totalled an amazing €6,428. This will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the school.
There was a huge turnout on the day and we would like to thank The Tractor Run Fundraising Committee, Henry Carty, Annmarie Cassidy & everyone who helped out or supported the event on the day..
Special thanks to Cathal O’Shea of The Hatchet Inn for the use of his venue and his generosity on the day and late into the night. IMG_0014   IMG_0024

Work Experience – Clonfert Pet Farm

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We are very grateful to Clonfert Pet Farm for allowing us to begin our Work experience programme. This is an invaluable learning opportunity for our children, teaching key skills in the the work and community environment. Michael Moloney started his work experience in Clonfert Pet Farm on February 1st. He is currently working on feeding, cleaning out and caring for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Parrots, Goats, Llamas, Alpacas, Donkeys and Turkeys.

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2nd Round of RBT training commences

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The second round of training for the Registered Behavior Technician programme has begun.

10 members of staff are participating in the programme which is being run between

31st of January and 2nd of May 2017 between 15:10 and 18:00 Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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School Garden

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For the second time in a row, Stepping Stones successfully entered the Pride of Place Initiative which is run by Meath County Council.

Work began last autumn, harvesting the vegetables that had been sown the previous Spring and Summer.  We would like to thank anyone who helped in the garden over the previous twelve months.  We sowed potatoes, pumpkins, onions, lettuce and strawberries in the garden this year as well as seasonal flowers.

In particular, we would like to thank Anthony Doolan for all his work.

Already we have begun work for next year.  We have some projects in mind which we would like to bring to fruition by next summer.

Here’s hoping for another successful year.

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Registered Behaviour Technician Training

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As part of its in-house training programme, Stepping Stones Special School is excited to pilot the 40 hour Registered Behaviour Technician training programme. This programme is developed by the on-site Behaviour Analyst and covers the following content areas: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice (see BACB RBT Task List http://bacb.com/rbt-task-list/ ). Participants of the training programme who subsequently complete a competency assessment and the RBT exam, are eligible to be registered as Behaviour Technicians with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board.

Annual Fundraising Breakfast

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Stepping Stones Special School for Children with Autism and Complex Needs hosted the annual breakfast in the school for the ‘Here to There’ group on the 13th of June before they headed off on their fund raising journey. It was a total success.

Transition Year

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Our senior students integrated with students from the transition year class in Scoil Dara in Kilcock once a week, practising conversation skills, turn taking and social interaction in a different setting. They have also had ample opportunities to generalise the use of their Maths, Language and Communication and SPHE skills. Reversed integration also took place throughout the year where the students from Scoil Dara came to visit Stepping Stones Special School for Children with Autism and Complex Needs to take part in group activities like P.E, Cooking, and Art.