THE MOTHER of an 11-year-old County Limerick boy with severe ADHD believes there is a direct link between an increase in his medication, and a reduction in his support teaching hours.
In July, the Limerick Leader revealed how Taylor Ronan, who attends CBS Primary School in Doon, had his special needs assistant and learning support teachers hours cut.
His SNA, Kay Byrne had her hours cut from 10 to 8 hours a week and learning support teacher, Mary O’Dwyer’s hours have been cut from three and a half hours to three hours and nine minutes.
The cuts mean that his SNA is now only in the school three day a week. Last year Ms Byrne and Ms O’Dwyer did their best to overlap their hours to support Taylor but now that isn’t possible anymore.
When Taylor returned to school in September the strength of his medication was subsequently increased.
“His medication had to be increased because the ADHD is getting worse. When he goes back in December it will be increased again. I do think the cuts have had something to do it with it because when Taylor is at home he always has me or my husband - one of us is always there.
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition, dated November 19, 2011