Special Needs Assistants Development Seminar

The Special Needs Assistants employed by Donegal ETB met today to start their 3 day in-career development seminar hosted at the Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre. Dr Martin Gormley, Education Officer, welcomed all the SNAs and gave a brief overview of the planned training days. Mr Ciaran Cunningham, Head of ICT then provided an insight into the e-portal on payroll, this was followed by an update on all the various types of leave presented by Ms Sandra McConnell, HR Division. There followed a brief presentation on financial planning by Mr Kieran Ward.SNAs in Gartan
One of the most interesting presentations was from Ms Trisha Redmond, SNA Finn Valley College, who provided an interactive workshop on Autism. This was very well received and highlighted the many challenges faced by students with autism. The afternoon sessions included; Healthy Lifestyles, Positive Mental Heath and Meditation.
This concluded the first day of the training.