Bounce for Autism Comes to Taghmon National School, Mullingar
We're pleased to announce that the Bounce for Autism program will be gifting a brand new BERG 12,5ft trampoline to Taghmon National School in Mullingar.
Here's some more information about the school.
Thanks to Nicole Keogh of Taughmon NS for sharing the info below.
1. So Who Is Taghmon National School, Mullingar?
We are a country national school located 5 minutes outside of Mullingar. I believe the school was built in 1965 and was extended since then.
We currently have over 60 pupils.
We have one autism class starting called "Bluebells", with 5 children all five years of age starting. Our school will be expanding over the next year or two as we have been approved for an extension which includes a second autism class.
So currently alongside my class with 5 children there are an additional 2 or 3 children in the school who have Autism and some other children with OT needs.
2. How Might the Children of Taghmon NS Benefit from A New Trampoline?
For the children in my autism class 3 of them have a recommendation from their Psychologist to use a trampoline. They have also come from Autism pre-schools who were fitted with trampolines.
For my children I have a small indoor trampoline going into my sensory room and then they will have the added benefit of a larger trampoline outdoors for them to use which is fantastic and we are truly so grateful for.
I will use visual choice cards for the children and it can feature as part of a sensory or movement break for them. I am sure it will have different sensory uses for each child and will cater to regulating them as well as for their motor needs too.
We are an inclusive school and in the past 14 years I have taught there we have had so many children enrolled in mainstream with a diagnosis of autism.
We have 2 sna's in the school, an additional 2 going into my autism class, as well as 2 Special education teachers in the school, thus showing the high needs we have across as we are so well staffed.
Putting in an autism class will allow us to cater for those children who aren't quite suited or ready for mainstream but still being included as an attachment to a mainstream school. We hope to be able to integrate our children and possibly use reverse integration initially.
Photos to follow soon.