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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Cuts to special needs resources deplorable (Letters, Irish Times, 1/4/2011)

Cuts to special needs resources deplorable

Friday April 01 2011

As a primary school teacher and a parent, I deplore the latest cynical move by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) which has "paused" any resource hours being allocated to any child with special needs.

Resulting from their latest circular, no new child presenting with special needs will be granted resource hours, but must be included in mainstream classes.

The DES has two huge questions to answer, in accounting for this action. How are they cherishing and supporting the child with special needs, by reducing/removing their support system? And how are they cherishing the children without special needs, who will have drastically reduced access to teacher time?

Maire Lineen
Dunboyne, Co Meath


Source: Letters Page, Irish Times, 1st April 2011

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Autism Awareness Day in Mullingar Saturday 2nd April 2011


In-door Adventure Play CentreKidz & Co in Mullingar are hosting their third World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 2nd April 2011.  The United Nations declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day to increase and develop world knowledge of autism.   There is free entry for families who are a member of a local or national ASD group (please specify which organisation on reception).   

Dr Penny Rogers (Clinical Psychologist) will be doing free screening for Autism all day (11.00 to 5.00pm), which will help parents to decide whether they need to obtain a diagnostic assessment to rule out an Autism Spectrum Disorder.   There will also be information available on Autism Spectrum Disorders and free face-painting.  Collection buckets available for local Autism charities. 

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Nenagh Indoor Sensory Arena


Nenagh Indoor Sensory Arena is a project of a new Irish Charity, ARC Eireann.

The charity has been set up by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders to support the child, the siblings, the parents and the extended family when it comes to understanding how autism effects the child and those around them.

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MWB Autism Support Group are holding an OPEN support meeting for all parents/ carers of children or adults with Autism as follows:


Date and Time : 29th March 2011 at 8.30 pm

Venue:   Family Life centre Longford

For details please contact Michael Bryson on 0879877342

This meeting is open to all people interested in Autism

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Asperger Syndrome Research Student, help wanted (20/Mar/2011)

Does your child have Aspergers Syndrome?

 My name is Marie Carthy and I am conducting research to explore the impact on parents when their child is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. I am a 4th year Counselling &  Psychotherapy student at Dublin Business School. I currently offer a counselling service in Mullingar with IAA to parents of children on the Autism Spectrum and to adults with Aspergers Syndrome.

 In order to carry out this important research, I need your help. I will need to interview parents of children who have Aspergers Syndrome. By interviewing parents I will gain an understanding of the impact the diagnosis has on parents and their family life.

 Interviews will only take 30-40 minutes.  Personal information, names of interviewees will be strictly confidential and will not be mentioned in the research paper.

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Dietary and Nutritional Interventions for ASD, Half-Day Conference, Ennis, 26/Mar/2011

26 Mar 2011 09:30
26 Mar 2011 12:30

Is your child affected by some of the following?  

Bowel problems, constipation / diarrohea, fussy eater, poor sleep, poor eye contact, history of ear infections, dark circles under eyes, poor speech, hyperactivity, eating non food items, craves milk / yoghurts /bread

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Parents Support Network - Open Meeting - Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm

15 Feb 2011 20:30

Supporting Families with Disabilities


For parents of children with special needs including ADHD, Aspergers,Downs Syndrome etc.

Where: At the Sligo Park Hotel

When: Tue 15th of February at 8.30pm.

Sligo Parents Support Network
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Carers Meet the Candidates Evening, Roscommon South/ Leitrim 17/Feb/2011

17 Feb 2011 20:00

The Carers Association Roscommon has organised a Carers Meet the Candidates Evening for Carers from the Roscommon South/ Leitrim Constituency

All Candidates have been invited, and have indicated that they will be in Attendance:

Date: - Thursday 17th February, 2011, 08.00pm

Venue: - Hannon's Hotel Roscommon

This evening is for you if you are a Carer/ perhaps you were a Carer don’t forget you might be a Carer in the future, its vital that the rights and entitlements of Carers are on the table of Government at all times. 

We all are at some stage visited with the role of Caring. 

Carers Association Roscommon

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