Two Stepping Stones students will be making their First Holy Communion this year in Kilcoon Parish Church. The celebration mass will be held on Sunday 7th of May in conjunction with three other local schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was piloted by the red room and assessed by County Council on the 11th of June. All classes have participated in its creation and it looks really well. We are also planting a tree in memory of Ahmad.
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.