Coming this month… speech & language drop-in advice clinic in our Cork centre!

A great opportunity to speak with our senior speech and language therapist about any concerns you may have in relation to speech and communication difficulties with your child. To ensure that we have time to spend with each parent/ guardian, these clinics are strictly by appointment only. Please call us in Clonakilty to book in your FREE 15 minute slot today on 02388 78208.

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Audiologist now taking bookings in Clonakilty

Michael Power joins our expanding Clonakilty team in July. A graduate of the school of Audiology, Institute of Laryngology and Otology, Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat hospital, Gray’s Inn road, London and University College London medical school, he is a highly experienced and professional clinical audiologist. Most recently, Michael has worked as a senior audiologist in Cork, dealing predominantly with patient referrals from ear, nose and throat consultants and has executed hearing tests for adults and children as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Prior to this, he worked on the senior audiology team in one of the largest children’s hospitals in the United Kingdom, Alder Hey, Liverpool. He was stationed in a busy Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) and Visual Reinforced Audiometry (VRA) clinic, where his duties included taking ear mould impressions for hearing aids and swimming moulds. Michael assisted patients with craniofacial abnormalities, cleft palate and otoacoustic emissions. […]

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Eli Lilly become part of our sensational story in Cork

On 1st May, at their Dunderrow base outside Kinsale, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly (Cork) presented a generous donation to Sensational Kids, Clonakilty. The cheque was presented to the communications officer, Beth O’ Regan, by members of the grants and donation committee and was pledged because of the huge social impact that Sensational Kids has had on the West Cork community since opening last September. They spoke of the obvious potential for having such a wonderful resource for children with additional needs in the area (and indeed their families) and their delight in helping such a worthy cause. I was thrilled to go along to accept the donation and to tell the ladies involved just how far their money would go and how many families would benefit from their kind gesture. Sensational Kids is a charity that receives no government funding. We are always so humbled and grateful to organisations for […]

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Play Therapist joins our Clonakilty team

Grainne Warren (Dip Play Therapy NUIG) joined our Sensational Kids family in Clonakilty in March. She has over 16 years experience working as a special needs assistant in primary school and is passionate about supporting children in reaching their full potential. Play therapy is an effective and suitable intervention for children aged 3 and above who are experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional and behavioural problems. It is an extremely useful way to help children recover and heal from stressful and traumatic experiences. Play therapy provides a safe, confidential and caring environment which allows a child to play with as few limits as possible, but as many as deemed necessary to enable them to express themselves safely and understand their feelings (of sadness, anger, frustration) without the need for an explanation. The child makes all their decisions in the playroom and the therapist follows their lead. In doing this, […]

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Educational psychological assessments now available in Clonakilty

We are delighted to welcome John Doyle to the Sensational Kids team from mid May 2019. He will carry out psychological assessments at our Munster base at the West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. He will be available on Saturdays from 9am-4.30pm, commencing on 18th May and operate on a bi-monthly basis. Booking early is recommended to secure a timely appointment. John (MA Educational Psychology) has been working as a senior psychologist since 1995 and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. His area of expertise lies in child assessments, direct support to children and adolescents and mentoring staff within the residential child care services. Furthermore, John has been periodically involved in mentoring students and providing supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychology, both as an employee of organisations and in private practice. An educational psychological assessment may be necessary if your child is having difficulties […]

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Wonderful sensory garden opens in Clonakilty

  On a rather blustery and cold Saturday (6th April), the Tidy Towns along with key sponsors Supervalu, local politicians and the wider Clonakilty community gathered at the newly completed sensory garden, which has been positioned on the grounds of the Model Railway village and overlooks Clonakilty Bay. We were delighted to go along to the official opening and see such a fantastic resource unveiled. The garden is another example of how accepting the town is of people with autism and indeed additional needs in general. The Clonakilty Autism Friendly Town committee , after several group meetings and long discussions, gave the go ahead and work went underway in January of this year and the true essence of community in Clonakilty was clear in the huge amount of work that went in to this amazing project in just a few short months. Clonakilty Mayor Gretta O’ Donovan said that she […]

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Therapeutic Listening Workshop

On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March, 25 enthusiastic individuals congregated at the The Solas Bhride Centre, Kildare Town eagerly ready to undertake the Therapeutic Listening course.  It was a two-day workshop presented by US based Occupational Therapist and founder of Vital Links, Sheila Frick. With over three decades of hands on experience, Sheila’s background of working with her own caseload inspire the topics that she brings to her workshop. Her passion is helping children and their families, particularly with ‘sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration and auditory interventions’. Therapeutic listening appears to be especially useful for occupational therapists working with clients with sensory processing disorders. What is so interesting about the approach is that it does not require a certain sequence or formula to follow, the sessions are very much geared towards the goals and needs of the particular child using it. Therefore, it is very much up to the therapist to […]

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