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Do you have a child aged 11-18 who has engaged with mental health services? Has your child ever experienced a change in their psychiatric diagnosis? (Spring 2018)

Do you have a child aged 11-18 who has engaged with mental health services?
Has your child ever experienced a change in their psychiatric diagnosis?

Consider participating in our research project!

Does your child often experience low moods, sleep problems, gastrointestinal issues or challenging behaviours? (July 2016)

We are looking for parents of children and adolescents with ASD aged 2 to 18 years that experience any of the above symptoms to take part in a study.

If your child does not present with any of the co-occurring disorders or symptoms mentioned, you can still take part! It is important for us to understand the effects co-occurring disorders have by including children with and without co-occurring symptoms.

If you would like to take part, or would like more information, please find the survey and further details at http://bit.ly/1UpXtvr, or email me at h.browne1@nuigalway.ie.

Many thanks,

Hannah Browne,
The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN)

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2016 Foyle Sailability Season

14 May 2016 09:00
12 Aug 2016 16:57
We are delighted to announce our 2016 Foyle Sailability Season:
14th May, Foyle Marina - Go With the Flow, Try Sailing! - 11am-3pm
At the Go With the Flow event we will be providing taster sailing sessions to newcomers.
 We can cater for a total of 18 people with disabilities/disadvantage
in 3 hansa dinghies (no passenger boat or clipper canoes available on
this day).  Booking is essential.
7th June, St Kilda Send Off Regatta, Pontoons, Greencastle - 11am-3pm
Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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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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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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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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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.

Autism Boy and Bubbles
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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. 

Foyle Sail-ability Fleet
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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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Meetups of Autistic Adults in Sligo And Its Surroundings (2014)

Dear Sirs and Madams,

I am in the process of organising the first meetup of autistic adults in Sligo. It is not meant to be a support group as such, just an opportunity to get to know and hang out with each other. Teenagers are welcome to join.

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Water activity camp 2014

3 Aug 2014

RainChild Water Activity Camp Summer 2014
- Free for autistic child and one sibling.

Age 6 to 16

Local children will be given priority as numbers are restricted. Additional sibling places may be booked and paid for depending on numbers, at a subsidised cost of €25.

Sunday 03/8/2014 & Sunday 10/8/2014 11am to 4pm
Lough Allen Adventure, Ballinaglera, Co Leitrim.

- Activities include Kayaking, Sailing, Archery, and sail away to Burger-Bay for a camp fire bar-b-q lunch. Qualified carers and instructors will supervise all activities.

Wear old clothes. BRING TOWELS, swimsuit, shoes to be worn in water like crocs or old trainers & a packed lunch.

RainChild AIB Better Ireland 2010 Summer Camp, Lough Allen Adventure Center
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Asperges group for teens/young adults


I am trying to find a group that meets up in the Leitrim/Longford/Roscommon area for older teenagers and young adults. Just an informal social group where they can be themselves, talk about what helps them, or talk about similar experiences, go out and do activities together.

If there is a group I would love to get in touch. Or if anyone would be interested in getting together.

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Social Skills Summer Groups Mullingar

1 Jun 2014 00:00
1 Jul 2014 00:00

Social Skills Summer Groups  - 
 June, July and August 2014 

 For Ages 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-13 years, 14 – 18 years 

 €175 for 7 weeks (1 hour per week) 


St. Francis Private Hospital,
Co. Westmeath

 Developing friendships
 Joining in and Maintaining Interactions
 Building confidence
 Non-verbal communication
 Sharing and Turn-taking

For details, contact

Mairéad Baker BSc, MIASLT (Speech and Language Therapist) on
 044 93 85300 / 044 93 85346 slt@stfrancishealthvillage.com

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National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan - Focus on Autism Consultation

Dear Colleagues,

The National Disability Authority is undertaking a consultation exercise to find out how the implementation of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan can most effectively address the needs of people with autism.

The consultation process consists of:

   A consultation event for autism stakeholders (which took place on the 31st of January 2014)

   Engagement with small groups of adults with autism

Autism illustration by James Collings
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Toileting Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder (NUIG study 2013/2014)

Dear parent/carer,

My name is Kady Francis, I am currently a student of Psychology at the National University of Ireland Galway. I am conducting research into the area of toileting problems in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their relationship to sleep, quality of life, adaptive functioning and language.

I have a great interest in this topic and believe that it is an area which is extremely under researched.
I am hoping to recruit parents/carers of children with ASD aged between 4-17 years.

Participation requires filling out questionnaires about your child's specific behaviours. Questionnaires will be available in hardcopy and via email, depending on what suits parents best.

If you think you may be interested please contact me by email as soon as possible with the age of your child and I will send you further details. My email is k.francis2@nuigalway.ie

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Identifying Risk Factors in Autism (NUIG Study 2013/2014)

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders is rising in prevalence worldwide. We, here in NUIG, are would like to investigate some potential risk factors associated with this increasing trend.

Specifically, we are interested in studying the differences in brain size that occur prenatally in the womb.

Some previous studies demonstrated that the brains of children with Autism are smaller at birth which may suggest that differences in brain maturation may be occurring during their development in the womb. We expect that prenatal ultrasound records will help us determine if any differences in the size of the brain are present before birth.

Participation in this study involves giving us permission to view your ultrasound pregnancy scans that are stored in hospitals in the West of Ireland. All information would be confidential and anonymised so that your child’s records would not be identified.

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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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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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Thinking Toys Special Needs Toy Show - Galway 8/11/12

8 Nov 2012 17:00
8 Nov 2012 20:00

Special Needs Toy Show - Galway

Monday November 8th 2012, 5pm-8pm

Audilaun Hotel

ThinkingToys.ie Toy Show Nov 2012
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Thinking Toys Special Needs Toy Show - Castlebar 7/11/12

7 Nov 2012 17:00
7 Nov 2012 20:00

Special Needs Toy Show - Castlebar

Monday November 7th 2012, 5pm-8pm

TF Royal Hotel

ThinkingToys.ie Toy Show Nov 2012
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Thinking Toys Special Needs Toy Show - Sligo 6/11/12

6 Nov 2012 17:00
6 Nov 2012 20:00

Special Needs Toy Show - Sligo

Monday November 6th 2012, 5pm-8pm

Clariion Hotel

ThinkingToys.ie Toy Show Nov 2012
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Thinking Toys Special Needs Toy Show - Letterkenny 5/11/12

5 Nov 2012 17:00
5 Nov 2012 20:00

Special Needs Toy Show - Letterkenny

Monday November 5th 2012, 5pm-8pm

Radisson Blu Hotel

ThinkingToys.ie Toy Show Nov 2012

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