Saturday, July 28, 2012

Autism Services in Ireland Mrs Doyle Style

Who could ever forget Mrs Doyle’s passion for producing a good wholesome cup of tea? This of course is another truly Irish custom. Next to the pint of the black stuff the cup of tea has always been our mainstay. 

Why would you be wanting Autism Services for your child.
Shur  just go on, have a nice cup of tea!
Your whole world could be hanging on by a thread you might be up to your eyeballs in debt. Maybe you simply cannot get an Early Intervention ASD assessment for your child or the bank might just about to foreclose on your home. What’s often the suggested answer to your dilemma? Stick on the kettle there and we’ll all have a nice cup of tea.

Then though during the Celtic Tiger we seemed to take on more sophisticated tastes and instead of a good old mug of Irish Tea we decided to turn to the coffee instead. So if the Father Ted series was still around today Mrs Doyle might now be redirected to rustling up a couple of skinny latte’s or the odd cappuccino.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with a nice cup of whatever takes your fancy. Although with the Autism Early Intervention services that are currently available in Ireland you might often feel much more like a good stiff vodka at the end of the day. Especially if you are after attempting an in depth conversation with somebody who you are hoping might actually help you to get autism services for your child. Personally it is usually just me who ends up feeling like a bit of a mug at the end of it all!

Even during the Celtic Tiger our Special Needs kids in Ireland were ignored. There was no boom for  Ireland's  Autistic kids.
Unfortunately despite Mrs Doyle’s love of this good old herbal beverage and our Irish addiction to a nice hot brew the world has never really been changed by tea or coffee alone. Yes I know that this might be hard to believe. A good brew can undoubtedly be a great starting point to any gathering. It is great to strategize or socialize over a nice cuppa!

Unfortunately though no matter how many cups of your chosen warm beverage that you might drink the sad truth of the matter is that children in Ireland are still not getting an A.S.D. diagnosis, services or their basis human rights met in our magnificent emerald Isle. Instead of real financial aid for services for our Special Needs Kids, their parents get offered coffee mornings, nothing wrong with this either if only our children could get the odd bit of Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory integration Therapy. Domiciliary Care Allowance or just about any help really as well? I’d willingly forfeit my frothy beverage for just a little bit more of this, would you?

Ireland's Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly. He has a son with Autism but still he doesn't think children like my son need Autism Early Intervention Services.
At the moment in Ireland the system in place is a bit like the classic Marie Antoinette statement really i.e. ‘If they don’t have bread then let them eat cake.’ i.e. instead of our children getting services instead lets have tea, coffee and maybe even on a good day a nice sticky bun to keep us at bay.

Unfortunately though when the cups are empty, there are still no adequate services for our autistic children. Why is this you might ask? All will be revealed in my memoir, ‘On the Spectrum.’ ‘The Politics behind Autism in Ireland,’ it is a truly fascinating read indeed.

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