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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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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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SNA Cutbacks 2011

Hi! I'm a final year student doing a research project on the effects of the governmental cutbacks on Special Needs Children and SNAs in Irish primary schools.

Could anybody give me any tips/pointers/personal accounts or opinions? Anything would be very much appreciated!

Thank you

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10k Walk in aid of Roscommon Carers - Ballymoe (31/10/2011)

31 Oct 2011 12:30

Dodge city - Round ‘em up (10k walk)

In aid of Roscommon Carers Association


10k Walk takes place on Monday 31st Oct 2011 at 1pm

To Register:

Time:  12.30 – 1.00 pm

Where: The lone star hotel (eileen’s), Ballymoe, Co Roscommon.

Fee: €10 Entry

Carers Association Roscommon
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Fun Activities for ASD Teens in Monaghan (1/15 Oct, 1/2 Nov 2011)

1 Oct 2011 10:30
2 Nov 2011 15:00

Autism Initiatives would like to invite Teens and Pre-teens with Autism to join us for fun activities and adventures including sports events, day trips and arts and crafts. 

Participants will be supported on a 1:1 basis.

Events will take place from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Monaghan Harps Complex on following days:

1st & 15th October 2011,
1st & 2nd of November 2011

Booking is essential – contact Nicola or Rebecca on 042 9330252.

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Childcare Presentation

Dear Parents/Guardians,

My name is Carol Chamberlain. I'm a 3rd year Bachelor of Arts (BA) student in Childcare Management  in Athlone Institute of Technology, Westmeath.

I'm currently conducting a research study for my presentation on children with disabilities (3 years) and social inclusion in a Childcare setting paying particular attention to  how the facility has been modified to cater for their needs . I was wondering if you would be willing to help me by filling out a questionnaire?

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ASD research

Dear Parents,

I am still looking for parents of children recently turned 3 years of
age or younger with ASD to participate in a study for an MSc in NUI
Galway. The study involves a short questionnaire on the other issues
apart from ASD that your children may suffer from, eg sleeping and
eating problems. It is the first study of its kind in Ireland.

I would be very grateful for your input - it'll only take around 20 minutes to complete, its
anonymous and I plan to publish the research findings  and present them at
conferences. I need to gather all my research by the end of September 2011.

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NEW Sensory Room for Special Needs Children in Mohill Library. 28th/Sept/2011

28 Sep 2011

Leitrim County Council has installed a sensory room for children with special needs in its library in Mohill.  This will provide educational and therapeutic supports for these children in a fun environment.

It is envisaged that when it is open the room will be booked in advance by parents and carers of children with special needs who will accompany them and assist them when using the equipment. There will be no charge for the use of the facilities.

Autism Boy and Bubbles
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Good news for Abbey Community College in Boyle - 1/09/2011 (Shannonside FM)

The Abbey Community College in Boyle is being approved to deliver classes in Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
It's one of 39 schools nationwide to get the go ahead for the programme, which starts this September.
Roscommon based Senator John Kelly who’s welcoming the announcement, says it's important that these classes, which facilitate the education of children with severe autism, are part of the mainstream system, thereby aiding their integration into the wider school community.
It is expected that these classes will assist six children with ASD, which will be delivered by a dedicated teacher and two special needs assistants.

Local TD Frank Feighan is also welcoming the announcement.

Source: shannonside.ie, 1st Sept, 2011

Autism Boy and Bubbles
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Four Autism Units announced for Galway schools - 1/09/2011 ( GalwayNews.ie)

Specialised facilities for children with autism have been announced for four Galway schools this term.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Units aim to integrate children with severe autism into the wider school community.

These facilities will be provided in Merlin Woods National School in Doughiska, Gort Community School, Archbishop McHale College in Tuam and Gairmscoil Mhuire in Athenry.

The 6 pupil classes are delivered by a dedicated teacher with the support of two special needs assistants.

Source: Galway News, 1st Sept 2011


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