Autism in a time of pandemic – a series of webinars from the Middletown Centre for Autism

Here is a message from Gary Cooper CEO of The Middletown Centre for Autism with information about the excellent series of webinars – on line seminars – available during May.

I am delighted to launch the next series of Middletown Centre for Autism’s webinars. Many of the topics covered in these sessions have been suggested by those of you who have been following our previous sessions. The feedback has been excellent and the Centre staff greatly appreciate the positive feedback that has been received. I trust that you will continue to make use of the next series of webinars and pass the details on to those who may be interested. I trust that you are all keeping well in these challenging times and that you and your family will remain safe.

Middletown Centre Webinar Series May 2020

In order to provide support during the suspension of our face to face delivery Middletown is offering a series of twice weekly live webinars. These sessions will feature members of our own multi-disciplinary team and international speakers on a series of themes.

Please click on the link beside each name to read more about the session and register to attend a live session.

Stephen Shore –
Being Autistic in a Time of Uncertainty
Tuesday 5th May 2020 – 19:00

Adam Harris
What Works for Me
Thursday 7th May 2020 – 19:00

Frances O’Neill
Visual Supports for Anxiety Management
Tuesday 12th May 2020 – 19:00

Kari Dunn Buron
5-Point Scale
Thursday 14th May 2020 – 19:00

Tara Vernon
Promoting Sleep
Thursday 19th May 2020 – 19:00

Jed Baker
Managing Meltdowns
Tuesday 21st May 2020 – 19:00

Tony Attwood
Stress and Coping
Thursday 28th May 2020 – 10:00am **Live Only Session**

The live sessions will host a maximum of 500 delegates live and most sessions will be posted on social media the following day. Sessions marked ‘live only’ will not. Please consider the maximum number of places available when booking your placce.

Dear Service User,
The Centre’s current programme of online provision will complete on 9 June. We now want to ask what do you need from us over the summer months? Completing the survey below will allow us to tailor our summer programme to the needs of our service users. Thank you in advance for your support.

By clicking on the link below, you are consenting to take part in this short survey. No personal data will be collected or stored. All data is confidential and only used to guide our service delivery during this unprecedented time.

Home Learning Survey

Thank you for your continued support of Middletown Centre for Autism, and for your time in completing this survey.

Have you signed up to our VLE yet? This is online learning at your finger tips, please follow the link below to sign up please note this is a different sign in than the Middletownautism website. Users must register separately to this platform as it is different from our current website and manually enroll on each course.



Dr Temple Grandin Webinar

Empowering Autistic Individuals to be Successful

Join Dr. TEMPLE GRANDIN, the World’s most Famous and Influential person with Autism and outspoken proponent of Autism Awareness for a very Special Pre-Recorded, On-Demand Webinar on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at 7.30pm until 8.30pm.

With this Exclusive Once-off Webinar with Dr. Temple Grandin you will:
✓ Gain INSIGHTS into the Mind of Someone LIVING

✓ Discover INTERVENTIONS, THERAPIES & SUPPORTS which have Enabled her to be SUCCESSFUL
✓ Transform Your VIEW & UNDERSTANDING of AUTISM with Temple’s first-hand LIFE STORY
And much more…

Venue: Online
When: Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Time: 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Your Investment: FREE for a limited time only!
* Limited Places Available

BOOK your place here:


Sensory Friendly Santa

Do you know a child with Autism or Sensory Processing Difficulties?

One thing on the list for many families this Christmas is a visit to Santa’s grotto. But for children with autism and sensory processing difficulties it can become a stressful experience, with too many people, too much noise, queuing, crowding and bustle!
LYFS Sensory Santa session is for children with autism and sensory processing difficulties.
We will set aside some time where families can relax and enjoy a magical Christmas experience. We turn up the lights and turn down the Christmas jingles.
This year we have added
  • Snowball Alley- Fun for all the family
  • Snowman Picture Knockdown
  • Santa’s Family Room with personalised Family Christmas Story
  • Christmas Tree Decoration making
Santa will meet with families individually rather than arranging group visits with multiple families. The session lasting approx 45mins!
Hot chocolate, marshmallows and sweets,  for all!!
LYFS Sensory Santa is on  Thursday 12th December 2019. Booking is essential and time slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A reserve list will exist in case of cancellations.
Numbers are limited on each session, so once you book we will be unable to change you to a different time slot
The visit is FREE however we are accepting donations for LYFS Random Acts of Kindness taking place Friday 13th December 2019
If you would like more information on LYFS Sensory Santa or to book call us on  0861237917

Autism The Facts: The Teenage Years and the Promotion of Positive Behaviour

Children grow up to be teenagers so whatever age your child or young person on the autistic spectrum is, you are invited to join us in either Letterkenny or Donegal Town. See the link below to book your place.


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The ABCs of Asperger’s Syndrome

Here is an interesting article about the personal experience of Asperger’s Syndrome – or Autistic Spectrum Disorder as it is more commonly known now. This is coming from a granny who has been involved in Education throughout her working life and her grandson who was diagnose with Asperger’s at the age of 6. It gives a great insight into what life is like with mild autism. Just click the link:-

Supporting people with autism and their families in Inishowen

What is iCARE Limited?

iCARE Ltd exists to support all parents of persons with autism from Inishowen irrespective of age, by promoting on a local level, improved treatment, education, welfare and acceptance for our children. In the initial years the organisation focused on training and education needs with significant success. One of the key achievements of iCARE Ltd is the establishment of the iCARE Centre located in Buncrana County Donegal in 2007 and the purchase of the land that we are based on in 2013.
Why do we exist?

iCARE was set up in September 2000 by like minded parents from Inishowen who realised that there was a need for a local charity organisation to represent the views of all parents of persons with autism. We provide support, training, information and respite to families.

What do we do?

The organisation prides itself on its person-centred approaches. Throughout our organisation we consider it vital that we get to know the person with an autism spectrum condition, and also understand how their autism impacts on their life. We feel that every person with autism is unique, and that their autism impacts on them uniquely. provide support, training, information and respite to families. At iCARE Ltd we believe that all should have access to our services, regardless of social background. At iCARE Ltd we understand that undergoing the process of getting a diagnosis for child can be a very difficult time. So, whether you have recently had a diagnosis, are undergoing the process or if your child was diagnosed some time ago, you are still more than welcome to attend our parent support groups. Our centre operates 7 days per week, providing after school weekly respite sessions to those families in need, we have an after school club for children with autism and non-disabled children. We operate school holiday programmes for children with autism and their families.

We have a youth club for autism for young people aged 11+.

To see our services click here

Autism Awareness Training

Donegal Local Development Company Gaoth Dobhair is organising two evenings – one In Dore and one in the Carrick/Kilcar area – on Autism Awareness. This short training session is suitable for parents, carers, early childhood education workers, teachers etc.  If you are interested in attending please contact Angela or Bridget on 074 9532712


Session 1             11/09/2017         Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dore        6:45pm – 8:45pm

Session 2             14/09/2017         Carrick/Kilcar Area                          6:45pm – 8:45pm


Course Title Autism Awareness 2 hours
Course Content




This introductory course aims to enhance knowledge about Autism.

The course will include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder – Definition, characteristics and behaviours in the young child with Autism
  • How the features of ASD can impact on the young child
  • Communication and sensory difficulties associated with Autism


  • Participants will recognise the signs and symptoms of conditions associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Participants will have an understanding of the communication and sensory difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Participants will have increased awareness of working with parents, carers and other professionals