Helping young people with asperger syndrome
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Helping young people with asperger syndrome

Maeve O’Halloran Nurse manager, Enable Ireland Children’s Services, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
Owen Doody Lecturer in intellectual disability nursing, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Ireland

Maeve O’Halloran and Owen Doody discuss the successful development of a sleepover club to encourage children to engage with each other

In Ireland, services for people with intellectual disabilities are increasingly being provided in community-based settings. This article discusses a project in which the social needs of children with Asperger syndrome are addressed by the formation of a local sleepover club that is regulated mainly by the children themselves. Run by a community-based learning disability nursing service in County Clare, Ireland, this family- and person-centred form of care is yet to be evaluated fully, but interim outcomes indicate that it has been a success and the initiative is being extended to cover more people with intellectual disabilities in County Clare.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 3, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Accepted: 10 January 2013