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OT & SLT workshop for parents (19th Nov, 2016)

19 Nov 2016 10:00
19 Nov 2016 16:00
We are running a joint Occupational
Therapy & Speech & Language therapy workshop that may be of
interest. The focus is on sensory processing
& regulation & how this supports communication & engagement
The goal is to empower parents by giving them the information &
tools to support their child & also to adapt strategies as the need

It is taking place Saturday the 19th of November
in the Dancing Soul in Athlone & there will be a maximum of 12
parents attending. It will be taking place from 10 -4 with lunch
included & we have a second room available for small group work or
individual discussion depending on the needs of the parents who are

Prior to the day we will ask the parents to complete a

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Talk Sense! Empowering Parents Enabling Children OT & SL Therapy Workshop for parents (13/9/16)

1 Oct 2016 10:00
1 Oct 2016 10:00

A colleague (SLT) & I are running a workshop in Athlone in
October that may be of interest to some of your members. We both have
extensive experience in working with children & families. The idea
behind the workshop is to empower parents with
as much information as possible while tailoring it to their child's
needs. We have used this format before & it has been really helpful
for parents.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me,
Kindest Regards, 
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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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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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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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Social Skills Summer Groups (Mullingar, Jun-Aug 2013)

1 Jun 2013 00:00
30 Jun 2013 18:55

St Francis Health Village, Mullingar - Social
Skills Summer Groups

June, July and August 2013

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

for 7 weeks (1 hour per week)

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Special Needs Parents Association Conference (6/April/2013)

6 Apr 2013

Dear All,

We are contacting you to inform you of the Association's forthcoming Conference for parents 'Looking Ahead-Making the Change'
in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Saturday 6th April and it would be
greatly appreciated if you would share details with parents and networks
as registration is about to close.
Guest Speakers include;
  • Lisa Domican, Social Entrepreneur, creator of communication aid 'Grace App'.
  • Dr. David J Carey, Consultant Psychologist, Educational Consultant
SNPA Conference 2013
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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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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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Why is my child awkward? – Dyspraxia/ DCD explained (Mullingar, 7/Nov/09)

7 Nov 2009 10:30
7 Nov 2009 13:30

Venue: Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar

Presented by:
- Senior Clinical Psychologist Elaine Kelly
- Senior Occupational Therapist Erin Riley

Suitable for parents, teachers, resource teachers, principals and SNA’s and anyone who has an interest.They will be exploring the implications of a diagnosis of Dyspraxia/DCD at a practical level, both at home and in school. This promises to be a very educational and interesting talk...one not to be missed.
It is hoped to form a ‘Parent Support Group ‘from the Midlands area at the presentation.

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Saplings Schools

Saplings was through the energy and commitment of a small group of parents and professionals in the Kildare area a number of years ago.

Saplings schools currently provide places for 84 children in the Greater Leinster area but demand for places is such that existing facilities have surpassed their current capacity (Government funding remains a issue).

Visit www.saplings.org for more information.

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