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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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Research/Survey on Positive Psychology (NUIG, April 2013)

Dear parent/carer

My name is Martina Herbert, I am currently studying for a Masters in Health Psychology in NUIG.  Having worked as a nurse for a long time I am interested in studying ways to increase well-being and reduce stress for carers/parents and I am looking for a number of people to take part in a study.

Questions and Answers
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iCare "Jungle of the Mind" Conference (Buncrana, 5/4/13)

5 Apr 2013
Conference: 'Jungle of The Mind'
We are delighted to announce that i.C.A.R.E. (Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education) will be hosting a conference called the 'Jungle of the Mind' sharing innovation and promoting best practice,which takes place on Friday 5th April 2013 in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.  This conference suits all disabilities and levels of autism. 

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Special Needs Parents Association Conference (6/April/2013)

6 Apr 2013

Dear All,

We are contacting you to inform you of the Association's forthcoming Conference for parents 'Looking Ahead-Making the Change'
in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Saturday 6th April and it would be
greatly appreciated if you would share details with parents and networks
as registration is about to close.
Guest Speakers include;
  • Lisa Domican, Social Entrepreneur, creator of communication aid 'Grace App'.
  • Dr. David J Carey, Consultant Psychologist, Educational Consultant
SNPA Conference 2013
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ABA therapist or Tutor Wanted, Ennis (18/mar/13)


ABA Tutor / Therapist wanted for 10hrs or 20hrs per week in Ennis.


Submitted on Monday, March 18, 2013 - 01:29    - Expires 30th April 2013
I am looking for an ABA tutor for my 3yr old son who has recently being 
diagnosed with autism for home tuition in the Ennis, Co Clare area. 10 hrs to 
start extending to 20hrs.

Regards Helen

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RTE looking for Aspie doing Leaving Cert (22/Feb/13)

RTE Looking for young Aspies on Aspergers and Leaving Cert

RTE are currently researching a documentary which concerns young people
with Asperger's who are preparing to do their Leaving Cert this year.

The idea is to to make a documentary which shines a light on the challenges
faced by young people with AS and their families, which this experience
brings. If there are any families who are in this situation and who
would be interested in talking to the production team, please contact
David O'Sullivan on 01 208 2723 or by email at david.osullivan <AT> rte <DOT> ie

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Autism research for children between 5 and 10 years. Looking for parents to participate. Prize draw for 100 euro M&S voucher.


My name is Michaela and I am currently studying for a MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths, University of London. I have a great interest in learning more about the origins of neurodevelopmental disorders and what can be done to improve treatment and early intervention strategies.

I have decided to focus my research dissertation on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and will be conducting a study which seeks to explore the sensory correlates of the core social impairments observed in children with ASD, aged between 5 and 10.

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Christmas Party, Longford, 2012

21 Dec 2012 15:00
21 Dec 2012 18:00

Rainchild members are invited to a kids Christmas party hosted by MWB autism support group on Friday 21/12/12 in PV's bar, Ballymahon St, Longford town from 3pm to 6pm. If you would like to go please contact Catherine on 0868281439 with childs name, age & gender.

A Christmas Party
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Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities, Oranmore, Galway, 10/Dec/2012

10 Dec 2012 10:00
10 Dec 2012 13:00

Learning from 25 years of change in supporting Families and People with Disabilities”

(hosted by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies)

Autism illustration by James Collings
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Domicilary Care Allowance

30 Oct 2012 21:22
5 Nov 2012 09:00

Catherine Beirne has been invited to the Sligo forum to discuss DCA (domicilary care allowance) on behalf of parents of kids with autism.

Please send in your views and comments. via post here or pm Catherine via facebook.

No names will be used.

This is our opportunity to be heard.

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Hi my 9 year old boy has become a different boy since last feburary. It escalated in April and he refused to go to school, although I took him everyday. He refused to talk to his peers, play with them or interact in any way. With the changes I took him to see an autistic specialist who assessed and said he might be mild aspergers. 

We were forwarded to a clinical physcologist who now has told me that yes my son is showing full signs of aspergers. He has a very high IQ and has had no problems with learning. My son has melt downs and has stopped associating with his classmates. He has also stopped playing football which was his obsession and still is. 

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ABA Tutor - N Leitrim/Sligo Town/Sth Donegal

I am an ABA tutor with a degree in psychology and 3 years experience working  in an ABA school. I am available for 2-3 days per week from September onwards  in the north leitrim, sligo town, south donegal area.  I was wondering if you  could provide me with any information you may have on jobs available in the  area or families who may be looking for a tutor.  Thank you for your time,
Kind Regards,
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Volunteers Needed - Sligo Surf Camp - August 2012

13 Aug 2012 10:00
17 Aug 2012 16:00

Volunteers Needed For


Where:Streedagh, Co. Sligo

When: Monday 13th –  Friday 17th August 2012


Sligo Surf-2-Heal 2012 - volunteers needed
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RainChild water activity camp 2012

12 Aug 2012 11:00
26 Aug 2012 16:00


RainChild Water
Activity Camp Summer 2012

by Leitrim Development Company and Keadue’s annual pony drive

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Carers day - Carrigallen Cornmill Theatre 10am - 3pm

Friday 29th June 2012  No Admission fee – Lunch Included

Advocacy -  Rosaleen Doonan. Carers Association, Sligo,
Leitrim, Donegal & West Cavan

Advocay worker for Special needs
Leitrim, Ms Elaine Morriss will be attending the carers day to tell everyone
what work she does on behalf of special needs

Inspirational Art and Craft ideas
for Children with Julie Smith and Noellee Lockhart

Sculpting with Martin Doyle.
Experience the Art of Clay Modelling with Renowned ‘Crutu’ Sculpture

Understanding Behaviours - The
benefits of Art/Craft and Animal Therapy with Becky Thomas.

Relaxation and Yoga with Julie

Jean Rogers, Ck-on shn and Kate
Mason from the Uk will be in attendance talking about HANDLE methods 

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Offered - Galway


Willing to help!


Hi I was just wondering if you have any paid or unpaid vacancies for helping out with the wonderful work you do, at the moment? I am an Applied Psychology student in UCC, entering my final year in September. 

I will be in Galway for the summer and I would love to be involved in the wonderful work you do. 

I have experience working with an autistic child for 6 months and I can send on a cv if you wish. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Mary Egan.


Dear parents

I need a tutor for my son. We live in Carrick-on-Shannon. Is anyone, was at home teaching? Maybe you know a teacher from near Carrick. thank you

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ASD - First 100 Days Kit

First 100 Days Kit (by Autism Speaks) is "A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis."  Highly recommended if  your child is has developmental delays and/or suspected/diagnosed Autism Spectrm Disorder.  (The booklet is at the bottom of this article)

What topics does the booklet cover? 

About Autism
Why was my child diagnosed with Autism? And what does it mean?
Why does my child need a diagnosis of Autism?.
How is Autism Diagnosed?.
What is Autism?.
More information on the Symptoms of Autism.,,
Unique Abilities that may Accompany Autism.
Physical & Medical Issues that may Accompany Autism.,

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July provision 2012

Job description: 

ABA style therapist sought for July 2012 provision for 9 year old boy
flexability essential also references,and experience. Beside Carrrick on Shannon in Co Leitrim

How to apply: 
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NUI Galway 4th Intl. Disability Summer School - 18-23 June 2012

18 Jun 2012 09:30
23 Jun 2012 17:00

4th International Disability Summer School

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - How to Use it

18th – 23rd June 2012

Centre for Disability Law & Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland

School Directors:
Professor Gerard Quinn (NUI Galway, Ireland) & Professor Michael Stein (Harvard Project on Disability)

With opening  address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins



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Blowing Bubbles for Autism World Record Attempt (26/4/2012)

26 Apr 2012 08:15

Blowing Bubbles from Atlantic City, NJ to Antioch, CA to Vancouver, Canada to…? Thursday, April 26, 2012 @1:15pm EST, 8:15am GMT 


FACES 4 Autism P.O. Box 2341 Ventnor, NJ 08406
Contact: Isabelle Mosca, 609-412-3750
Facebook fan page: Blow Bubbles 4 Autism

e-mail: bubbles4autism@yahoo.com , for FORMS

website: www.faces4autism.org

Blow Bubbles Flyer for 21-4-2012
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Come and try - Special Needs Judo, Ballyhaise, Cavan (18/2/2012)

18 Feb 2012 08:59
Judo Assist Ireland is a national program in the process of development by the Inclusion/Disability Commission of the Irish Judo Association.

The program is designed to further promote the Sport for ALL concept and to introduce the fantastic Olympic Sport of Judo to a wide variety of disability groups and individuals across Ireland. 

Judo Assist Ireland
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ABA schools change to special school status. Research participants wanted.

Dear ABA tutors & parents,
My name is Elaine Mc Hugh, I studied psychology in NUI Galway and I’m currently taking part in a masters in educational research with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
I’m now in the process of conducting research which investigates the change of pilot ABA schools in Ireland to special school status. What I am most interested in is your perceptions of the reforms and attitudes towards different types of treatment options. I was wondering if you would be interested in being interviewed as part of this research. I am looking for people who have been directly impacted by these changes. Your personal information (and information about the associated school) will be confidential. 
Please contact me if you are interested in taking part or if you have any questions. 
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Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

Parents now "less tolerant of disabled children in same class" (Independent, 20/1/2012)

MORE than one in five people say they would object if a pupil with an intellectual disability or autism was in the same class as their child.

The disturbing statistic marks a growing level of intolerance of these children in the education system.

Just one in 12 said they would object when a similar study was carried out in 2006.

The findings of the survey of attitudes to people with a disability, released yesterday, also reveal almost one in four would not want a pupil with a mental health problem -- like psychiatric illnesses -- in the same class as their child, up from 21pc in 2006.

Just 48pc believe that children with sensory impairments such as deafness should attend the same schools as people with disabilities, down from 58pc in 2006.

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A mother's frustration (Sligo Champion, 23/11/2011)


IT'S OFTEN said that a mother's love knows no bounds. But for a mother of two children with special needs, life's all the more challenging, so much so that, in the present time, it's a case of having "to beg" for help.

Mothers Fustration, Sligo
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PWDI - Autism Awareness Event, Radisson, Athlone - 5/Dec/2011

5 Dec 2011 10:00
5 Dec 2011 13:00

Autism Awareness,Free Information Event

The Radisson Hotel, Athlone

Monday 5th December, 2011, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

There will be a number of guest speakers from various centers in Co. Westmeath. Lunch will be provided, RSVP to pwdiwestmeath@gmail.com or Ring us on (090) 6470044


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