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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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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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Parents or tutors/teachers of preschool-aged children - Please consider following the link to complete a questionnaire & help with early intervention research! (2015)


***ABA tutors or parents of preschool-aged children - Please consider following the link to complete a questionnaire & help with early intervention research! http://goo.gl/forms/HgiFQaB8So


Despite the large body of research on challenging behaviour in children with ASD, no research study has examined the relationship between the presence/absence of early indicators of problem behaviour and the presence/absence of core preschool life skills (as described by Hanley et al. 2007). 

The preschool life skills include: expressing needs/wants/feelings/preferences that others can understand, following instructions, tolerating delays in access to preferred items and activities, and developing friendships. Problem behaviours such as aggression towards self and others, temper tantrums, and noncompliance are often prevalent in older children with autism, yet little is known about how these manifest at a younger age. 

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Studying the transition into mainstream schools (17/4/15)

I am currently studying Child Psychology online and am at a loss with an assignment. It is a case study based on a 10 year old girl with Autism. She is leaving school in 6 weeks time and will enter in to mainstream in September. She uses Lamh and PECS to communicate. She has visited her mainstream school several times and uses her PEC book to communicate with her SNA. She gets frustrated with other children as they cannot communicate with Lamh. Her parents are concerned with her as she is very tired in the evenings and not herself. Her mother had to collect her early from Primary School as Annie began to scream and no one knew what to do. 

I need to describe a short term way, medium term way and long term way of providing for continuity and change as she moves to a new school. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Research in experiences of parenting a child with ASD (3rd March 2015)

I am a fourth year IT Sligo student and am studying social care. I am currently working on my final year research project which is looking at experiences of parenting a children with ASD. 

I am looking at certain themes including parenting stress, coming to terms with the diagnosis, dealing with challenging behaviour, self-care and experiences with support services. 

If you are a parent of a child with ASD and are available to answer a few questions I would appreciate it hugely and it would help me out so much.
My email is s00121704@mail.itsligo.ie , please feel free to send me an email if you would like more information or would be interested in taking part in my research. 

 Kind regards, 


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Assessment queries

Hi, we are currently waiting for our 3 yr old DS to be assessed. 

Can anyone offer advice as to whether an independent report from a private SALT would help or not? 

Help in terms of speed and being taken seriously? We self referred. 


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Does your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems or gastrointestinal symptoms?

Some children with autism have both sleep problems and gastrointestinal symptoms, while other children have one of these issues or none at all. 

The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) in National University of Ireland, Galway is interested in hearing about your experiences with your child or adolescent aged 3 to 17 years with autism. We are interested in understanding how sleep problems and gastrointestinal symptoms affect both child and parent. 

Even if your child doesn’t have sleep or gastrointestinal problems, we can still learn a lot from your information on why some children have these issues and others do not. If you wish to participate, please use the link below. 


Questions and Answers
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Cost of Disability Conference, Inclusion Ireland (25/9/14)

25 Sep 2014 09:30
25 Sep 2014 16:00

Inclusion Ireland's Cost of Disability conference will be held on Thursday, 25th September at the Hilton Hotel, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 (9.30am-4.00pm).

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Stories for a Autism documententary (15/9/14)

I'm writing to you from an independent television production company based in Dublin. We have been commissioned by RTE to research and develop an idea we submitted to them on the subject of autism. Our pitch to them was to explore
the world of autism through the experiences of a number of children and young adults and their families in an attempt to see the world from their perspective. We would also like to address various issues relating to this
spectrum via experts in their field.

We feel there hasn't been much Irish television devoted to this subject so we'd like to change this. I have an added interest because I trained and worked as a Special Ed. Montessori teacher years ago and I also have a special needs nephew who displays some autistic characteristics.

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Invitation to Info Sessions - HSE New Directions (Sept 2014)

16 Sep 2014 00:00

New Directions – Personal Support Services for People with Disabilities was published by the HSE in 2012. This document sets out the future vision for the provision of day services to people with Intellectual Disability, Physical and Sensory Disabilities and Autism that have a requirement for a HSE funded day service. 

You are invited to attend an Information Session which will give details of the Draft Interim Standards that have been developed to support the delivery of the personal support services for people with disabilities contained in New Directions. 
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Foyle Sailability Water-based activity - Greencastle, Donegal (14/Aug/14)

14 Aug 2014 11:00

A Chara, 

Foyle Sailability is a cross-border voluntary organisation aimed at facilitating people with all types of disabilities access to water based activities. We successfully delivered a 2 day regatta in June (a few days before the Clipper boats arrived) where 120 people with disabilities from across the North West took to the water in specially adapted dinghies, clipper canoes and a motor boat. 

 We have received funding from Donegal County Council to run an event in Greencastle, Co. Donegal on 14 Aug from 11am-4pm and a disabled hoist will be available. 

This is a free event but booking is essential and forms (from the attachment) should be returned to foylesailability@gmail.com or to Foyle Disability Resource Centre, Glen Road, Derry, BT48 0BX by Friday 8 August. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

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Social Skills Group for Ages 18-25 (Sept 2014)

1 Sep 2014


For Ages 18-25 

Beginning September 2014

 Location: St. Francis Private Hospital, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Conversational Skills

Understanding social cues of others

Body Language



Suitable for adults with Asperger's, autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, emotional / behavioural difficulties

For details, contact our Speech and Language Therapist Mairéad Baker (BSc, MIASLT, MIASLTPP) on (0)449385346, (0)449385300 or MBaker@stfrancisprivatehospital.com


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