Written answers

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Department of Health

Autism Support Services

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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895. To ask the Minister for Health the reason the Health Service Executive is not providing a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 who suffers from severe autism with ABA support; if he will consider providing this person with ABA support in the future [23060/14]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is one of a number of approaches that are used, predominantly in educational settings, when working with children with autism spectrum disorders. The Health Service Executive provides services for individuals with autism, either directly or through a range of voluntary service providers. Health clinicians will assess each child individually and provide appropriate interventions. As the particular issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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896. To ask the Minister for Health the full cost to the State for a child with severe autism attending full time residential care in Stewarts Hospital Dublin for a 12 month period [23061/14]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

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