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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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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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Still looking for parents of children and adolescents with ASD

Dear Parents/Guardians,

My name is Arlene Mannion. I'm a 2nd year Masters of Science (MSc) student in applied behaviour analysis in National University of Ireland, Galway.

I'm currently conducting a research study for my thesis on comorbidity in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in Ireland aged 3 to 16 years. I was wondering if you would be willing to help me by filling out a questionnaire?

Please contact if you are interested in helping me with this study, or have any questions about the research. Please include your email address or postal address if you are interested in participating, and I will send you on a questionnaire.
My email address is a.mannion3@nuigalway.ie.

Thanking you,
Arlene Mannion

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Research - children under 3 years

Dear Parents,

I am an MSc student in NUIG and I am looking for parents of children with ASD who are recently turned 3 years of age or younger to take part in research on comorbidity. The study involves a questionnaire on issues your child may have aside from those associated with ASD, like eating or sleeping difficulties.  

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RainChild Water Activity Camp Summer 2011

21 Aug 2011 11:00
28 Aug 2011 16:00

by Connacht Gold, Leitrim Development Company and Keadue’s annual pony drive (

Free for autistic children and a sibling.
Age 6 to 16.

RainChild AIB Better Ireland 2010 Summer Camp, Lough Allen Adventure Center
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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Ireland

ABA Ireland was established as a non-profit charitable organisation with following aims:

To provide free ABA information and educational services (such as workshops, parent training/education, information newsletter) to members of the community who would derive benefit, such as parents of typically-developing children with problem behaviour, parents of children with autism, individuals with acquired brain injury. The aim is to help especially those who may not be able to afford fees for a behaviour analyst.

ABA Ireland Logo
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Kids Day Out, Kids Kingdom, Carrick-on-Shannon (July 10th, 2011)

10 Jul 2011 15:00
10 Jul 2011 17:00

The next family event is on Sunday July 10th from 3pm to 5pm in Kids Kingdom, Carrick-on-Shannon.

There will be lots to do.

The Centre consists of multiple lanes of ten pin bowling, a unique castle-themed multi-level play centre, a well-equipped arcade, sumo wrestling and a separate pool table area.

Food and drinks will also be served on the day.

Organised by Parents Support Network, Sligo; Please see FLYER below.

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Carers Association urges carers to join campaign (OceanFM, 7/6/2011)

The Carers Association in Sligo is urging carers across the North West
to join them in the fight for a better life for those in the profession. There are currently over 2400 carers in Sligo.

The organisation has unveiled its "One Voice" Campaign in the wake of
last week's Prime Time Investigates programme, which conducted extensive research into the effects of cuts on family carers.  The programme found that 82 percent of carers have been affected by cutbacks in State services.

Carers Association Ireland Logo
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Sports Ability Summer Camp - July 2011 (Cavan/Monaghan)

11 Jul 2011 11:00
20 Jul 2011 13:00

Monaghan Sports Partnership and Cavan Sports Partnership

"Sports Ability" Summer Camp 2011

For Young people with a disability aged 5-14yrs and their siblings

Camp 1: Cavan Leisure Centre, Cavan, Date: 11th, 12th, 13th July 2011

Cavan/Monaghan Sports Ability Camp
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SNA Cutbacks

200 SNAs to be removed from schools. Will know today if my child's school is one! Mr Ruairí Quinn will regret his decision.  What a U-turn!!

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Early Intervention Research - Searching for parents and tutors to complete a questionnaire!

Hi, my name is Lorna Flynn and I'm looking for parents/tutors involved in early intervention home programs for my research study which is part of my masters. If you wish to take part please click the relevant link below - there are two separate questionnaires (one for parents and one for tutors). I would really appreciate if any one who thinks they fall into my criteria could complete a questionnaire. Thanks!

Tutor Questionnaire

Questions and Answers
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Volunteers Needed - Sligo Surf Camp - July 2011

26 Jul 2011 10:30

Volunteers Needed For


Where:Streedagh, Co. Sligo

When: Tuesday 26th –  Friday 29th July 2011         

Sligo Surf-2-Heal 2011
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Student looking for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders for research study

Dear Parents/Guardians,

My name is Arlene Mannion. I'm a 2nd year Masters of Science (MSc)  student in applied behaviour analysis in National University of Ireland,  Galway.
I'm currently conducting a research study  for my thesis on comorbidity in children  with autism spectrum disorders in Ireland. I was wondering  if you would be  able to help me by filling out a questionnaire?
I've attached an participant information sheet to find out more. Please contact me if you are interested in helping me with this study, or have any questions about the research.
Thanking you,
Arlene Mannion

Questions and Answers
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Sligo Parents Support Network, Family Fun Day, Sat 18th June 2011

18 Jun 2011 14:30

Sligo Parents Support Network


Family Fun Day


Date: Saturday 18th June 2011


Autism Boy and Bubbles
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Carers Association Roscommon, Barbecque June 12th 2011/ DayTrip June 19th 2011

12 Jun 2011 14:00
12 Jun 2011 17:00

The Carers Association Roscommon has organized two Social Events for Carers Week, 12th-19th June 2011


Carers Association Roscommon
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First Steps in ABA, Group Workshop with Dr Ken Kerr, Sligo, June 2011

11 Jun 2011 10:00
11 Jun 2011 16:30

First Steps in ABA
Group workshop with Dr Ken Kerr
, Sligo Park Hotel, SLIGO

Connacht Gold Logo, Small
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Protest - Cuts to SNAs & Resource hours, Radisson Hotel, Sligo (25/4/11)

25 Apr 2011 15:00

Peaceful protest re Cuts to SNAs & Resource hours on Easter Monday 25th April

The Radisson Hotel near Rosses point in Sligo At 3pm.
Ruairi Quinn will be attending a meeting at 4pm

Bring a laminated photo of your kids on A4 size paper with a little writing below similar to the montage

...Carry red,yellow & blue Balloons

Wear red,yellow or Blue to represent the primary colours/our kids...
Spread the word!
Thanks -Give our kids their SNAs...
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Autism Awareness Information and Fund Day, Letterkenny 23/April/2011)

23 Apr 2011 14:00
23 Apr 2011 18:00

Autism Awareness Information and Fun Day

Saturday April 23rd Arena 7 Letterkenny

Programme of Events


2 - 4pm  Face Painting,
           Magic Show
                        Disney Character’s 

4 - 6pm   Disco               


April, Autism Awareness Month Image
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Continence Information Day, Ballybofey (16/4/2011)

16 Apr 2011 09:30




Continence Information Day

Organised by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, Donegal Branch.

Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, Saturday 16th April 2011


A unique opportunity for individuals, families, carers and professionals to learn and share information regarding continence issues.

 9.30am Registration

10.00am Frances Halligan,

Continence Advisor Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin

Urodymanic Department & Consultant to SBHI

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Frances McGinley

Continence Advisor for Community Services Co. Donegal

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Donegal Branch Logo

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