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Failte! Welcome to Rainchild Network

This is a Autism Spectrum Disorder information magazine for families, individuals, teachers and  groups in NorthWest Ireland focussed on Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Mayo, Fermanagh. To use social networking, please register. We hope this website helps to connect people and assists in bridging the information gap between whats needed and whats available.

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OT & SLT workshop for parents (19th Nov, 2016)

19 Nov 2016 10:00
19 Nov 2016 16:00
We are running a joint Occupational
Therapy & Speech & Language therapy workshop that may be of
interest. The focus is on sensory processing
& regulation & how this supports communication & engagement
The goal is to empower parents by giving them the information &
tools to support their child & also to adapt strategies as the need

It is taking place Saturday the 19th of November
in the Dancing Soul in Athlone & there will be a maximum of 12
parents attending. It will be taking place from 10 -4 with lunch
included & we have a second room available for small group work or
individual discussion depending on the needs of the parents who are

Prior to the day we will ask the parents to complete a

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Cerebral Palsy Guidance website & National Bullying Prevention Month (October 2016)

1 Oct 2016 00:00
31 Oct 2016 23:59

CerebralPalsyGuidance.com was created to provide detailed information on cerebral palsy, including facts about children with cerebral palsy.

As you may already know, children living with CP are at increased risk when
it comes to bullying. To help spread more awareness about this serious
topic, our team is campaigning throughout the month of October to talk
more about National Bullying Prevention Month and what parents can do to
help prevent their children from being bullied.

You can find out more
at cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/bullying/


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Aspire Conference, The Maudlins Hotel Naas, 22nd of October 2016

22 Oct 2016 09:30
22 Oct 2016 16:30

We are delighted to announce that the Aspire Conference 2016 will take place on
Saturday the 22nd of October 2016 in The Maudlins Hotel Naas from

The focus of this event is to bring people with ASD
and their families together with local services in an effort to help
them to create an action plan and link with local support networks.


Speakers on the day will include: 

Frances O’Neill- Autism Trainer/Advisor in Middletown Centre for Autism.

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Talk Sense! Empowering Parents Enabling Children OT & SL Therapy Workshop for parents (13/9/16)

1 Oct 2016 10:00
1 Oct 2016 10:00

A colleague (SLT) & I are running a workshop in Athlone in
October that may be of interest to some of your members. We both have
extensive experience in working with children & families. The idea
behind the workshop is to empower parents with
as much information as possible while tailoring it to their child's
needs. We have used this format before & it has been really helpful
for parents.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me,
Kindest Regards, 

Does your child often experience low moods, sleep problems, gastrointestinal issues or challenging behaviours? (July 2016)

We are looking for parents of children and adolescents with ASD aged 2 to 18 years that experience any of the above symptoms to take part in a study.

If your child does not present with any of the co-occurring disorders or symptoms mentioned, you can still take part! It is important for us to understand the effects co-occurring disorders have by including children with and without co-occurring symptoms.

If you would like to take part, or would like more information, please find the survey and further details at http://bit.ly/1UpXtvr, or email me at h.browne1@nuigalway.ie.

Many thanks,

Hannah Browne,
The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN)

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Does your child have Fragile X syndrome? (June 2016)

I am currently completing a masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis. As part of the course we have to complete a research study. My study is on sleep and gastrointestinal problems in children and adolescents with Fragile X syndrome.

I am looking for parents and guardians of children and adolescents with Fragile X syndrome to take part in the study by completing a questionnaire. The study is supervised by Dr Geraldine Leader and Arlene Mannion in National University Ireland Galway. If you are interested in taking part in the study please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/1YgTKTn

If you would like any further information please contact: e.obrien21@nuigalwy.ie

Thank you

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Research study on sleep problems and gastrointestinal problems in children and adolescents with Fragile X syndrome. (June 2016)


my name is Emer O Brien.

I am conducting a research study on sleep and gastrointestinal problems in children and adolescents with Fragile X syndrome.

I am looking for parents and guardians to take part in the study by filling out a questionnaire. The research is being supervised by Dr. Geraldine Leader and Arlene Mannion in National University Ireland, Galway.

If you are interested in taking part in the study please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/1YgTKTn

If you would like any further information please contact: E.obrien21@nuigalway.ie

Thank you.

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Foyle Sailability - Sailing and Marine Activities - (7th June 2016) - Greencastle

7 Jun 2016 11:00
7 Jun 2016 15:00

Hi Guys

Bookings are now open for our sailing day at Greencastle Pontoons, Co. Donegal

on Tuesday 7th June from 11am - 3pm.  

The following vessels will be available on the day:
Hansa Dinghies (one person, one instructor)
Passenger Boat (max 12 people including carers)
Clipper Canoes (max 10 people including carers and instructors)
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2016 Foyle Sailability Season

14 May 2016 09:00
12 Aug 2016 16:57
We are delighted to announce our 2016 Foyle Sailability Season:
14th May, Foyle Marina - Go With the Flow, Try Sailing! - 11am-3pm
At the Go With the Flow event we will be providing taster sailing sessions to newcomers.
 We can cater for a total of 18 people with disabilities/disadvantage
in 3 hansa dinghies (no passenger boat or clipper canoes available on
this day).  Booking is essential.
7th June, St Kilda Send Off Regatta, Pontoons, Greencastle - 11am-3pm
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Share your child with Autism Spectrum Disorders feeding experiences (Mar 2016)

Does your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder have difficulties with feeding? Or refuses to eat certain foods?

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research is interested in finding out more about feeding behaviour in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It will be helpful to understand the nature of feeding problems as it is a common problem.

If you think your child, between the age of 3 – 18 years does have difficulty eating or could have a feeding problem we would be interested to hear from you.

We are also interested in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who don't have any issues with feeding, as we learn from information on why some children have these issues and others do not.

Please follow the link below to participate in my research if you wish.


Thank you,

Mairead O’Reilly
(NUI Galway Psychology Student)

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Does your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) present with behaviour problems? (Mar 2016)

Research shows that some children with ASD present with behaviour problems. Many children also have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) or present with some AD/HD symptoms, while some children do not.

We would like to hear from parents of both children with ASD and parents of children with ASD and AD/HD who are aged between 3 to 17 years. You are still invited to participate even if your child does not have behavioural problems as we can learn a lot from your information on why some children present with such problems and why others do not.

Please click on the link provided to participate: http://bit.ly/1RDjoNm

Thank you!

Emma Dooley
(NUI Galway Psychology Student)

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Does your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder have Epilepsy? (Feb 2016)

My name is Katie Kennedy and I am a final year Psychology student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

I am interested in finding out about the challenges posed by the combination of Autism and Epilepsy. 

If your child does not have Epilepsy I would still be very interested in your responses as they can tell us a lot about the specific difficulties Epilepsy presents separate to those already produced by Autism. 

If your child is aged between 2 -18 years, has Autism Spectrum Disorder with or without Epilepsy and you would like to participate in this research you are asked to complete a short online questionnaire at the following link:


Your time and opinion are greatly valued.

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ABA Tutor Needed - Leixlip (16/jan/2016)

Job description: 

Hi! I am looking for a tutor for my 3 year old son who has recently been diagnosed with ASD. We live in Leixlip and have a lot of space for the tutor to work with my son. We are hoping for 20+ hours per week and will be paying privately until we can receive our home tuition grant as we want to get him help as soon as possible.

Thank you!

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ABA Preschool Academy, Southside, Dublin (Jan 2016)


Preparations for ABA Preschool Academy, Southside are underway and we are really excited about opening the doors!

We still have a couple of places left, if anybody is interested please feel free to contact info@abapreschoolacademy.ie / 0877503891

or visit our website for more information


Funded by the Dept of Education Home Tutition scheme

Based in Queen of Angels National School, Wedgewood, Dublin 16, ABA Preschool Academy is an educational centre for preschool children with autism and related disorders. 

Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment for your children. We want to promote independence on all levels and increase the learners’ self confidence in a fun and enjoyable environment. 

Our teaching methods are based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) which is a method that has become the intervention of choice for many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ABA is not a method of teaching but a way of establishing clear learning paths and breaking them into small achievable goals that are continuously monitored and changed accordingly to ensure success. Children with autism may have difficulty with speech and communication, and with understanding social interactions. Also there may be behavioural problems related to these difficulties. 

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Disability Studies / Disability Equality Studies at St Angela’s College (Spring 2016)

Can you imagine living in a world where a person might have an impairment but not be disabled? A world where, for example, a parent with a small child in a buggy and the wheelchair-user can travel equally comfortably.

A world where some of our school friends, fellow students and colleagues may have impairments that are seen as ‘normal’, because physical and social environments are accessible to everyone, equally.

Non-disabled people aren’t afraid of saying the wrong thing to a disabled person, because having an impairment, visible or hidden, is accepted as being part of the human condition, part of life, not something strange that should arouse sympathy. Instead, disabled people would be visible, empowered and participating in every sphere of public and private life.

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Special Needs children on short school days: Survey (Dec 2015)

Many children seem to be on a short school day for one reason or other. There is currently no data on this. Please ask your members to fill out this very short survey, it takes less than 2 minutes. The survey is at this link

We hope to lobby on this issue in 2016.

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Home ABA tutor wanted, Dublin (Nov 2015)

Job description: 

We looking for aba tutor. We are living in dublin 7. Our son 3 years old diagnosed with ASD. Grant approved for 20 hours per week. If interested contact O87 638 4486 / sanganifauzia AT yahoo DOT com

How to apply: 

Send your CV to sanganifauzia AT yahoo DOT com

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National Survey on the Costs of Autism (3rd Oct 2015)

Dear All,

As you are fully aware there is a great need for invest in autism services and supports in Ireland. To inform and progress, it is vital that we can produce evidenced based research on
the economic impact of autism spectrum disorders for families and the need for appropriate services and supports to address the needs of children and teenagers on the spectrum Ireland.

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ABA home tutor


ABA home tutor required for a young person with Autism in the Dublin 3 area for 20 hours per week, Immediate start and will run for the school year. Must be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland as they are providing the funding. Afternoon tutor sessions would be best.

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ABA home tutor required for a young person with Autism in the Dublin 3 area for 20 hours per week,

Immediate start and will run for the school year.

Must be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland as they are providing the funding.

Afternoon tutor sessions would be best.

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Looking for last few participants-Can you help? (5/Sep/2015)

My name is Arlene Mannion. I am a PhD student in the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) in National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). We are looking for one more child with ASD to participate in a sleep study. You or your child don’t have to have problems sleeping to participate. You may just want to learn more about your sleep.

We are looking for one more girl from the age of 5 to 7 years to participate. Participation in the study can take part from your own home and you don’t have to visit NUI Galway to take part.
I am also looking for adolescents you don’t have autism to take part. I am interested in understanding more about the differences in sleep patterns in children and adolescents with autism and children and adolescents who do not have autism.

We are looking for boys from the ages of 13 to 15 years, who do not have a sibling with autism.

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Would you like to learn more about your child's or teenager's sleep?

We are looking for children and adolescents with and without ASD to participate in a sleep study. We are studying sleep through actigraphs. An actigraph is a wristwatch-like device that measures sleep.
Please contact me if interested at a.mannion3@nuigalway.ie

Thank you,
Arlene Mannion
PhD Student

Would you like to learn more about your child's or teenager's sleep?
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Feedback wanted: Inclusion Ireland election manifesto (July, 2015)

Dear all

It probably has not escaped your attention that a general election is coming in the next 9 months or so. Inclusion Ireland and partners are hoping to have some disability issues in the manifesto’s of the political parties. Hopefully, some will then make it into the program for government. We have developed a draft manifesto. Please take a few minutes to look at it and let us know if we are on the right track or are missing something very important. Forward this to any of your contacts.

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Private Occupational therapist (June 2015)


Private Occupational therapist available. Over three years experience working with children with autism and special needs. Completed postgraduate autism training in the alert programme,and facing your fears for children with autism and anxiety. I have also completed Module one in sensory integration and currently completing sensory based attachment training with eadin branix


Private Occupational therapist available for one month over the summer 23rd of June until the 20th if July for assessment, sensory based work, fine and gross motor skills intervention programmes, home and school based programmes to develop motor co-ordination and functional skills. Also experienced in delivering the alert programme and the facing your fears programme for children with anxiety.

I have over six years working as an Occupational therapist and working with children and young people with autism. 

I have completed post graduate course in module one sensory integration through the sensory based network, I am currently studying and completing sensory and attachment trainings and have completed numerous CBT and DBT courses and have a strong mental health background. 

Please contact 0831977152 for further details. 

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Teacher available for 2015 July Provision (Sligo)




My name is Roisin Kelly and I am a qualified primary teacher with experience in working with children with disabilities.  I would be interested in working as a tutor for July provision in the Sligo area this summer. 

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Foyle Sailability Regatta, Derry (11,12 June 2015)

11 Jun 2015 11:00
12 Jun 2015 04:00

Please find attached information leaflet on sailing and water activity opportunities for people with disabilities at Foyle Marina 11 & 12 June 2015 11am - 4pm. A disabled hoist will be available for wheelchair users. I would be grateful if you could circulate the attached information through your networks and members.

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