There are currently 57 special classes for children requiring an autism placement in Cavan and Monaghan.
That's according to Senator Robbie Gallagher who says that not every child needs a specialised unit, but they must be there for those who do.
Speaking to Northern Sound, the Monaghan senator admitted there are gaps in the system.
But, he added, a conversation has started around the whole area of special needs education, and that's what's important.
Senator Gallagher also highlighted how 25% of the Department's budget was spent on special needs education last year.
"There are some pockets in Cavan and Monaghan where there are a few gaps that thankfully now are being addressed," he continued.
"The National Council for Special Education whose role it is to engage with schools are asking schools to come forward and tell it what their needs are.
"Funding will then be provided for those problem areas."