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Private Occupational therapist (June 2015)


Private Occupational therapist available. Over three years experience working with children with autism and special needs. Completed postgraduate autism training in the alert programme,and facing your fears for children with autism and anxiety. I have also completed Module one in sensory integration and currently completing sensory based attachment training with eadin branix


Private Occupational therapist available for one month over the summer 23rd of June until the 20th if July for assessment, sensory based work, fine and gross motor skills intervention programmes, home and school based programmes to develop motor co-ordination and functional skills. Also experienced in delivering the alert programme and the facing your fears programme for children with anxiety.

I have over six years working as an Occupational therapist and working with children and young people with autism. 

I have completed post graduate course in module one sensory integration through the sensory based network, I am currently studying and completing sensory and attachment trainings and have completed numerous CBT and DBT courses and have a strong mental health background. 

Please contact 0831977152 for further details. 

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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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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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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

Explore Mind Over Matter at Free Health & Wellbeing Evenings in Sligo 25th November 2010

25 Nov 2010 19:00

Explore Mind Over Matter at Free Health & Wellbeing Evening in Sligo

Expert guidance on life skills and stress management will be provided by Fiona Hoban, Counsellor & Communications Consultant, who is one of the speakers at a series of free meetings to take place in Cork, Kilkenny & Sligo. The Health & Wellbeing evenings are organised by The National Dairy Council in association with the local co-op in each region.

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Autistic school reduces staffing hours to ensure its survival

Mayo Advertiser, April 02, 2010.

No Government funding for Kiltimagh facility

By Geraldine Carr

The privately funded Áthas School located in Kiltimagh, which is the only specialised school in Mayo which caters for children diagnosed with an autism disorder, through using applied behaviour analytic services, has implemented cuts across all its staffing hours.

Athas School, Kiltimagh, Co May
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Reek’s week challenge reaches four-year high (24/3/10)

Western People, 24th March 2010

AN IMPRESSIVE 195 climbers completed the annual seven-day Croagh Patrick Challenge in aid of autism this year, while several hundred others climbed the mountain during the week-long event.

Organised by Johnny Oosten and Pat Kearns, 2010 marks the fourth annual challenge.

Croagh Patrick, Mayo, Ireland
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Three SNAs to be cut at second Castlebar special school (Mayo News, 23/3/2010)

IN YET another blow to parents of special needs children, The Mayo News has learned that St Brid’s Special School in Castlebar may lose three of its 13 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in June next.  St Brid’s caters for almost 25 children with severe, profound and moderate learning difficulties, as well as children with autism, all of whom require care on an almost continual basis.

Art by Anna and Luke, pupils at St Brigs Special School, Castlebar
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AIB Better Ireland Programme 2010, Vote for Buddies, Mayo

BUDDIES” Needs Your Vote to Win €10,000 from AIB Castlebar to establish a Fun Based Activity Group for Children with Autism, their Siblings & Friends. Please vote for "Buddies" by TEXT: CBAR C to 51303 (Standard SMS Rates apply)

Or vote at  www.betterireland.ie (select: Mayo, Castlebar and Choose: "C" for Western Care Association Autism Team).

Closing date is 15th March.

Buddies won 5000 Euro in 2010 AIB Better Ireland Campaign (Castlebar AIB)
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Croagh Patrick Challenge 2010

11 Mar 2010 08:00
17 Mar 2010 23:59

The Croagh Patrick Challenge is organised by a group of people from Mayo, mainly parents, who got together to raise funds for children with Autism in Mayo. They organise an event every March called the "The Seven Day in a Row Croagh Patrick Challenge". Many people take on the challenge for the full 7 days and many others support them by climbing one or more days.

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Boyzone star says sorry for no show (Western People, 9/9/09)

Majella Loftus, Western People, 09th September 2009

BOYZONE star, Keith Duffy made an emotional apology to the organisers of the Croagh Patrick seven-day challenge in aid of autism for failing to make the climb this year. Having come to Mayo to launch the event on Friday last, Keith apologised for not showing up to climb the Reek, as he had promised.

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Keith Duffy to meet Jordan — the inspiration behind Reek challenge

Mayo Advertiser, September 04, 2009.

Boyzone star Keith Duffy, the patron for Irish Autism Action, will be on a tour of Mayo today (Friday) where he will meet Jordan Kearns, the young boy who was the inspiration behind the hugely successful Croagh Patrick Seven Day in a Row Challenge.

The Boyzone crooner will launch the fourth annual challenge which takes place from March 11 to 17 2010 as part of his visit.

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ASD unit confirmed for Swinford school

ASD unit confirmed for Swinford school
Mayo Advertiser, August 21, 2009.

Scoil Mhuire agus Padraig, Swinford, has been given approval by the Department of Education to lease property from the Sisters of Mercy to develop an autism spectrum disorder unit from September. The news was welcomed by Minister of State Dara Calleary TD. The management of Scoil Mhuire agus Padraig received written confirmation from the Department of Education and Science of permission to lease the property at a cost of €15,000 a year grant aided by 100 per cent.

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Mayo worst for uptake of MMR vaccine

Mayo worst for uptake of MMR vaccine
Western People, July 23 2009

MAYO has one of the worst uptakes in the country for the MMR vaccine, despite a recent spate of mumps outbreaks in the county.

Parents have been urged to ensure their children are protected with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine following a spike in diagnoses.

The surge in mumps which hit universities, schools and sports clubs across the country this year was the highest since recording began with the introduction of the MMR vaccine in 1988.

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Western Care Golf Classic

26 Jun 2009 08:00

Western Care Golf Classic

Venue: Westport Golf Club

The Annual Michael John McDonnell Am Am in support of Western Care Association will take place in Westport Golf Club on Friday, June 26th 2009

The format is a Four-Ball Stableford (Am-Am) Gents, Ladies or Mixed Teams

Over €7,000 in Prizes - Prizes for First Ten Teams, Ladies Team Prize, Longest Drive, Nearest the Pin.

Entry fee is €200 per Team, €160 for Early Bird Entries (8am to 10am), 2nd or Subsequent Entries.

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Croagh Patrick Challenge

Croagh Patrick Challenge, Mayo

We are a group of people from Mayo, mainly parents, who got together to raise funds for children with Autism in Mayo. We organise an event every March called the "The Seven Day in a Row Croagh Patrick Challenge". Many people take on the challenge for the full 7 days and many others support us by climbing one or more days. Our main aim is to help fund the opening of an ABA School (Applied Behaviour Analysis) in Mayo.



Croagh Patrick Challenge
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Autism diagnostic centre to open in West (07/Nov/08)

Mayo Advertiser, November 07, 2008. By Mary O’connor

Plans are in the pipeline to open a diagnostic centre in the west next year for children with autism. The facility is the brainchild of the Action for Life Foundation, a non profit organisation which provides services for children with autism and developmental delay.

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Hope of progress on autism school in Kiltimagh (western people, 2/4/08)

Story: Western People Newspaper, April 2nd 2008

Hope of progress on autism school in Kiltimagh

EFFORTS to open a special school in Mayo for children with autism could make significant progress next month. Mayo Autism Action has renovated a building which it rents from the IRD in Kiltimagh. Everything has been ready since January and the group is now hoping that an American expert in autism eduction might take up management of the new school in May.

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Horse Haven Natural Horse Centre, Mayo

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Mayo Sports Partnership, DisAbility

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Western Care Association, Mayo

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HADD - ADHD Family Support Group

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