As requested by Teachers and SNAs, for Teachers and SNAs

Welcome to Education Nation
A whole-school online training resource for all school staff members from CATTS Ireland

Education Nation is a subscription service for schools to all our CATTS online courses, including any new upcoming courses.

The service was set up, in response to SNA’s and teachers identifying a need for accessible and timely training, delivered on topics that will make a practical difference in the classroom. Any school staff member on the school pay roll can be set up to access the training, encouraging whole school participation and inclusion. This approach benefits everyone, not just those pupils who may have additional needs or challenges.

All subscriptions give FULL ACCESS to the on demand courses, which you can share  with up to 30 teaching/ support staff in your school*, combined with online peer support as well as direct access to Speech Therapy professionals via online group.
(*If your school has more than 30 teaching staff, you can request extra access codes at no additional cost. It is limited to 30 per school purely for website efficiency.)

Education Nation has been compiled based on the feedback from special education teachers, SNAs working in Ireland who have given feedback and suggestions to CATTS Ireland on what would be an ideal resource to allow them do the best they can supporting their pupils.

SNA / SE Teacher / Teacher feedback 2018-2019 on what would make the most difference to help them with inclusion goals.

If your school has just signed up, please click on the picture above to go to setup instructions to help you get started fast!

If your school has not signed up to this service yet, please click here to see how to access the supports.

Below is a selection of courses currently available and planned.

This service is available to Primary Schools, Preschools, Special and Secondary Level Schools only.
All these courses can be purchased individually on our main site here.

Please see a selection of some of the upcoming and current briefings materials below, or select your school type to view content appropriate for your school setting only:

(If you are in a Special School, or have a dedicated Special Unit within your school,
please use the relevant school level above to access content)


  • Your Subscription includes a closed broadcast license for staff, for use for curriculum days or in-house training.
  • Templates for download (e.g. Communication Passport examples and templates)
  • Personal note templates for SNAs and teachers to assist in mapping learning to a pupil’s IEP or Student Support File.
  • Access for all staff members, with individual accounts arranged as part of subscription.


If you have a situation in your school where you need to address an issue or create a support for a pupil with additional needs, the Companion Facebook Group is your First Port of Call.  If no one is online at the time, you can ask other teachers and SNA’s for advice, or use our AI to help walk through practical steps to assist. Where we have a micro-briefing or ‘How to’ video to address, it will direct you back to it on Education Nation so you can prepare for the next school day.

Featured Selection of courses, briefings and materials:

Autism 101

A short, to the point, helpful course in order to quickly get to grips with supporting someone with Autism

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Creating, Using & Teaching Visuals

How to do it PROPERLY to help the child in your class communicate with others - AND reduce anxiety and frustration. (For everyone!)

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Down Syndrome 101

A short introduction to Down Syndrome, what it is, and the most common presentation in children.

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Tips for Language Development

This is a general talk designed to provide information on language development in young children.

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ADHD 101

Short to the point course outlining what ADHD is, how it presents, and key steps you need to take to support a pupil in the classroom who has, or is suspected of having it.

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AAC Devices 101

AAC Devices. What the term AAC covers, what are the most common ones in use, and how to create general support for an AAC user.

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ASD in the classroom

Practical strategies and supports which you can setup in your classroom to assist a pupil with ASD. SUGGESTED PRE-REQUISITE Online Course: AUTISM 101

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Mindfulness for Educators 101

You cannot pour from an empty cup. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others

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Six Steps to Success with GraceApp

How to setup and use GraceApp (also applicable to most AAC Apps and devices).

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Voice Care for Teachers

Did you know? Teachers are 32 times more likely to report voice difficulties than the average person. 11% of teachers reported a current voice disorder, with 58% experiencing a voice problem during their career. (Nelson 2005) Teachers are 4% of the working population, but compose 20% of patients seen in voice clinics.

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Supporting Children with Speech Sound Disorders in the Classroom

During this course, you will learn - What is a speech disorder - Types of speech disorders - Impacts of having a speech disorder - Causes of speech disorders - Symptoms of speech disorders - How SLTs diagnose speech disorders - What an SLT may prescribe to help a pupil with a speech disorder - What a pupil with a speech disorder needs from their SNA and teacher.

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Emotional Regulation

Lets talk about emotional regulation. We all need it. How do you encourage it with someone who has difficulties?

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Practical Techniques to help a child’s communication

Children with communication difficulties need extra practice. Typical kids need hundreds of repetitions of a word to learn a word (except for swear words) and kids with communication difficulties often need more than that.

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ASD Course Series

If you are supporting someone with ASD in any school setting, this comprehensive course pack contains all our ASD courses and will help set you up to support your pupil.

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Communication Passports

Speech and Language Therapist Marijke Morris outlines what Communication Passports are, how to create them, and why you always need them for children and adolescents with communication difficulties.

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Preschool Age Stuttering – Patty Walton

This is a specialised course for Speech and Language Pathologists. It is available to view in it’s entirety, and will give the general viewer an excellent overview of the challenges and key points of awareness and support that you can give a preschooler who has a stammer.

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School Age Stuttering – Patty Walton

This is a specialised course for Speech and Language Pathologists. It is available to view in it’s entirety, and will give the general viewer an excellent overview of the challenges and key points of awareness and support that you can give a pupil who has a stammer.

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Behaviour – Using Social Stories

A social story is a great tool to help manage expectations, which can often lead to a reduction in what is often termed 'Problem behaviour'.

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Communicating PAIN

Being able to successfully communicate the source of, and even cause of, pain is vitally important in a young child or a person with communication issues.

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