About Saplings School
The school is a registered charity that was set up by a small group of parents thirteen years ago as there was no appropriate education or services in Ireland for children with Autism. It is one of only thirteen schools in Ireland that specifically provide a one to one education to children with Autism through ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) and other educational techniques. Saplings teaches life skills and academic curricula with an educational programme individually built around each childs needs, strengths and level of Autism.
The school currently has over two dozen children, ranging in age from 4yrs to 18yrs, coming from, Kildare, Laois, Carlow, Offaly, Meath and Dublin. Saplings are partially funded by the Dept. of Education but have a minimum yearly shortfall of 40,000 euros.
Established originally through the energy and commitment of a small group of parents and professionals in the Kildare area, Saplings now has 5 schools located in Kill, Rathfarnham, Carlow, Goresbridge and Mullingar and operates as a Patron body to these schools.
The Saplings Schools are co-educational specialist schools, providing quality education for pupils with autism and complex needs. Each school offers a range of child-centred, autism specific education which draws on a range of evidence based interventions.