Covid-19 Crisis Forces Closure of Sensational Kids Monaghan

Charity Forced to Close Monaghan Child Development Centre for Children with Additional Needs   This week, Sensational Kids, an award-winning social enterprise and charitable organisation was forced to temporarily close the doors of its child development centre in Clones, County Monaghan, leaving many vulnerable children without essential services and three staff unemployed. “It is with deep regret and a very heavy heart that we were forced to temporarily close our child development centre in Clones this week” says Sensational Kids CEO & Founder Karen Leigh.  “Like many other non-profit organisations, we have been severely impacted operationally and financially by the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Whilst we are currently unable to provide face to face therapy supports for children and families at our child development centres, Sensational Kids has been very innovative and responded quickly to the crisis. Our amazing team immediately recognised that many families and children still […]

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Good Health Apps for Children and Young People

Orcha accredit and approve healthcare and wellness apps for the NHS and have put together the following list of useful apps for children and young people during this outbreak. Embracing their love of smartphones, apps can keep children and young people engaged with their health and wellbeing, as well as relieving pressure on the NHS./HSE App stores are, however, unregulated, and 85% of apps do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold. To share knowledge and resources, we’ve pulled together a list of apps suitable for children and young people, all of which are safe to use according to our evaluations, covering: Managing mental health, including anxiety Wellbeing Conditions such as asthma and diabetes. The Worrinots* and Wotnot* are companion apps to help children offload their worries, and allow parents to monitor their child’s concerns. The Worrinots is a secure app designed for children, providing them with a safe place to share their worries, fears and […]

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Working Speech and Language Targets into Home Activities

Trying to keep on top of your child’s speech and language therapy targets can be tricky at times, especially now when there has been such a big and sudden change to everyone’s routine. The following are ways of working on speech and language targets through everyday activities at home.  Books: Books are the perfect language tool. For younger children books are important for listening and learning new vocabulary. Children learn words when they are interested-read books that interest your child.  If your child is working on ‘Wh’ questions books are great opportunity to work on this. As you are reading the book and looking at the pictures you can ask your child ‘wh’ questions about what they are seeing or hearing-‘What colour is the boys jumper?, ‘who is climbing the tree?’ ‘where is he hiding?’ ‘why is she sad?’. Books are great for learning prepositions also. Use the pictures in the books and comment on the characters, eg. ‘the boy is in the car’, ‘the cat is on the […]

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Virtual Care at Sensational Kids

A Brand New Way to Receive Sensational Kids Services Our innovative Virtual Care services leverage video conference technology to allow you to connect remotely with one of our healthcare professionals, regardless of where you’re located. Access to therapy supports for a child or adolescent can make all the difference in the world, which is why Sensational Kids is innovating to improve access to services and to look after our vulnerable children and adolescents, when clinic based services are unavailable. You can now connect with us remotely for Virtual Care. From Monday 23rd March, all of our occupational therapy, speech & language therapy and play therapy sessions will be moving to online video calls using a secure virtual healthcare video conferencing system. You can also request for a therapist to call you over the phone. Our Virtual Care services are easy to use, private, and most of all convenient. Removes accessibility […]

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Important Notice About Therapy Appointments

Going Online  Due to the Corona Virus guidelines to maintain social distancing, we are  adapting and moving our regular therapy appointments online. We understand that regular therapy is important to be effective and that some children need us now more than ever. It is so important for our children to maintain relationships and support at this time.  Parent consultations, speech & language therapy, play therapy and occupational therapy appointments will continue as normal online . What you will need for online therapyFor your online therapy to work will need  – Internet access. – a tablet/laptop or desktop with a camera. Assessments and some other services have to be postponed. Please contact our local therapy centres for confirmation about your booked appointments. KILDARE: Phone 045 520900 Email info@sensationalkids.ie MAYO: Phone 094 9357005 Email Claremorris@sensationalkids.ie MONAGHAN: Phone 047 52671 Email Clones@sensationalkids.ie WEST CORK: Phone 023 887 8208 Email Clonakilty@sensationalkids.ie   Psychotherapy Support We […]

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Important Notice

All face to face appointments are now cancelled due to the Corona Virus. We are however, trying to find innovative ways to support our community through this difficult time as we are aware that some children need us now more than ever. We are in the process of setting up online therapy appointments with online booking so please bear with us whilst we set this up. In the meantime, we can offer appointments or advice over the phone or by skype instead. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you need therapy support or therapy advice. For all queries contact us at: KILDARE:Phone 045 520900Email info@sensationalkids.ie MAYO:Phone 094 9357005Email Claremorris@sensationalkids.ie MONAGHAN:Phone 047 52671Email Clones@sensationalkids.ie WEST CORK:Phone 023 887 8208Email Clonakilty@sensationalkids.ie We look forward to playing with you all again soon.

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Notice from Sensational Kids to all visitors during Covid

Therapy Supports Sensational Kids is a special place providing a place of safety, security, health and growth to children and families who us visit each week and for our amazing staff who work so hard every day. During the current Covid-19 situation, we want to share our plan and added precautions we have taken. We ask our community to follow these guidelines, as well as the guidelines issued by the HSE. We are mindful that Sensational Kids is often a vital lifeline for many vulnerable children who need regular therapy input to maintain their regulation and meet their sensory needs, as well as providing specialist therapeutic supports to children and adolescents who may be self-harming, suicidal, are dealing with trauma or who suffer from anxiety. Our plan attempts to walk the fine line between carrying on, and being prudent. Therapy appointments and Assessment appointments at Sensational Kids will be facilitated […]

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Supporting a Child who Stammers

Stammering is the term used to describe a difficulty in the timing and flow of speech, resulting in dysfluent speech.  Its onset in children is typically between the ages of 2 ½ and 7 years of age. Children under 5 years of age are likely to have lots of periods of ‘normal non-fluency’. This is considered a typical part of language development as the child practises and learns to use speech sounds while they learn to talk. This is not stammering and resolves spontaneously as the child gets older. The cause of stammering is unknown, but it is believed to be due to a combination of elements rather than one sole factor. These elements may include environmental factors such as the location where speech happens and emotional factors such as stress or the speaker’s perception of their own speech. Family history of stammering may also be a factor. But what […]

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Hand Washing Social Story

Speech & Language Therapist Caitlin Hughes from our child development centre in Mayo has put together this useful social story to help encourage children to wash their hands. It may be particularly useful for children on autism spectrum. Social Stories were originally developed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders but they have also proved beneficial to children with learning, emotional, cognitive and communication impairments. Click Here to Download our free hand washing Social Story

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Supporting your child’s language development

There are many ways that we can support a child’s receptive and expressive language development. The following strategies for supporting your child’s language development can be carried out in a natural way through play, family time or during everyday activities. The ideas are for you to be a model for your child rather than you expecting them to repeat exactly what you say. Here are my favourite tips for supporting a child’s language development: Tune in: Follow your child’s lead to see what interests them. Get down to their level, it may mean sitting on the floor with them. See what interests them and use this as an opportunity to model language. It may be rolling the ball along the floor, you could say ‘roll’ or ‘roll the ball’. Keep your language short and simple emphasising key words. Children learn best through play-use this as a key opportunity to model […]

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Speech and Language Development Milestones

Are you concerned about your child’s speech, or ability to communicate, their use and understanding of words or how they pronounce their sounds? Our speech and language milestones information chart below will help you determine if your child needs intervention. CLICK HERE for our free Speech & Language Development Milestones Information Chart If you are concerned about your child’s speech production, please keep in mind that the majority of sounds a three year old makes should be normal. Although she/he may use all sounds correctly, she/he should be intelligible to strangers. Acceptable ages of Speech Sound Development for children Age Consonants 3 years – 3 years 11 months m, n, p, h, w, b, t, d, k, g, f 4 years Sh, S 5 years s, z, l, v, CH, TH, Q 6 years R If you are concerned about your child’s speech production, please keep in mind that the […]

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Supporting Communication in Children with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss, also known as hearing impairment, is a partial or total inability to hear. In children, hearing problems can have a significant impact on the ability to learn and develop their spoken language. The age at which hearing loss has occurred is known as the age of onset. Some children may have hearing loss since birth where are others have acquired hearing loss, after the point where they began to learn language. Children with hearing loss are likely to present with language delays i.e.  learn and develop their language at a slower pace that children without a hearing loss. It is vital to think about helping a child build a language and communication foundation as early as possible by accessing early intervention. The development of language and other skills begins with communication. There are many communication strategies and approaches that can be used early to build language including, but not limited to […]

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Sensational Kids Locations and Contacts

Sensational Kids Child Development Centres are strategically located in every province in Ireland. We provide vital frontline therapeutic supports for children with additional needs, ensuring that these children in need have access to vital supports when and where they need them. Fundraising and earned income from our child development & learning store and training events help to subsidise our therapy services, so that we can bridge the gap between public and private therapy services, providing a practical, accessible, and affordable service for those in need. Contact Sensational Kids Child Development Centres in Kildare, Mayo, Monaghan & West Cork: KILDARE: Unit F2 Kildare Business Park, Melitta Road,  Kildare Town, County Kildare R51 R281 Phone 045 520900 Email info@sensationalkids.ie MAYO: 24 Lakeside Retail Park, Ballindine Road, Claremorris, County Mayo F12 P2H9 Phone 094 9357005 Email Claremorris@sensationalkids.ie MONAGHAN: Unit 8 Clones Business Technology Park, Clones, County Monaghan H23 P294 Phone 047 52671 Email Clones@sensationalkids.ie WEST CORK: 2nd […]

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Sensational Kids is coming to Monaghan

Eavan Rooney, Director of Thrive Occupational Therapy announces that Sensational Kids will become the new owners from March 1st. Thrive Occupational Therapy is a highly specialised therapy practice which has been providing specialist Occupational Therapy services to children and adolescents of Monaghan and many other counties since 2014.  Located in the centre of Clones, Co Monaghan, this fantastic custom-built clinic offers access to individual assessment or therapeutic intervention as well as education and training services from a highly specialised paediatric occupational therapy team.  The current owner Eavan Rooney has very generously donated the clinic to Sensational Kids, a non-profit charitable organisation, who will take ownership from 1st March 2020. “It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I have made the decision to step away from Thrive; both as Clinical Director and Manager, and as Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist. It is with a heavy heart that I leave these […]

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Sensational Kids announced as a Charity Partner by Ireland West Airport

Ireland West Airport announces charity partners for 2020 Annual Portwest Runway Fun Run to take place on Saturday 28th March (Friday February 7th 2020) Ireland West Airport is delighted to announce that the Childhood Cancer Foundation, The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and Sensational Kids Charity have been selected by airport staff as its charity partners for 2020. A number of events will take place during the course of 2020 which will engage passengers and staff with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the three charities. The headline event for 2020 will again be the annual 5k runway fun run sponsored by Portwest, which will take place on the runway at Ireland West Airport on Saturday March 28h at 5pm. Runners and walkers will take-off down the runway at 5pm and complete a 5km course with a difference. All are welcome to attend what promises to be […]

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Sleep Skills Parent Workshop

Does your child have difficulty with… Going to bed at night? Falling asleep at night? Sleeping in their own bed? Night time waking? This workshop is designed for parents of children who have difficulties with sleep which do not require medical investigation or medication. It focuses on the use of behavioural, sensory and communication strategies to help resolve sleep problems. This workshop will include Five sessions over a 2 month period on a Saturday afternoon to cover: o Sleep basics and sleep hygiene o Sleep disturbances o Sleep diaries o Individual sleep goals o Sleep strategies o Individual sleep plans o Parent support review sessions o Forward planning COST €200 per person Spaces limited to six parents per group Initial deposit of €50 to be paid to secure your place. Full payment before or at first session. WHEN We plan to start this parent workshop in April. WHERE This sleep […]

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Hippotherapy Training in Greece

HUGE Congratulations to Emma, one of our Occupational Therapists in Kildare who is just back from Greece having completed her Level 2 Hippotherapy Training, making her one of just a few Occupational Therapists trained to this level in Ireland! Emma is really looking forward to putting the learning into practice in our Hippotherapy occupational therapy sessions with children. For make an appointment with Emma for occupational therapy utilising Hippotherapy phone our appointments team on 045 520900 #BetterOutcomes #Hippotherapy #MakingADifference

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Social Communication Groups

Does your child find social communication a challenge? Is it impacting on their ability to follow social rules, interact with others or form friendships? Sensational Kids, West Cork, is taking expressions of interest with a view to running SOCIAL COMMUNICATION GROUPS for children of all ages and abilities. These groups will be facilitated by an experienced Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids in Clonakilty, West Cork If you are interested in your child attending a social communication group, please register your interest by contacting Sensational Kids on 023 8878208 or by emailing clonakilty@sensationalkids.ie

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Hippotherapy

Our little girl is thriving, soaring to new levels and I do not know how to thank you “Just had to drop you a line………still in a state of shock – Hippotherapy went 3D! Today Natalia had a sensory integration trail, hippotherapy and motor function all incorporated in 1 session….. I was left speechless at the level of engagement, participation and cognitive flow from one task to another, coupled with having the helpers join in the sophisticated maneuver of social skills and surge in emotional behaviour. It was orchestrated magnificently that was flowing, fluid, subtle and an utter joy to behold. Our little girl is thriving, soaring to new levels and I do not know how to thank you…… I have never met a more dedicated, proficient and execution of core objectives so seamlessly in her occupational therapy sessions. Natalia (occupational therapist) is breathtaking……. Our little girl will be going […]

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Speech & Language Therapy Drop In Clinic

Sensational Kids is providing a free drop in clinic at it’s child development centre in Kildare Town in August for parents who have concerns about their child’s speech or language development. Are you living in Co. Kildare or the surrounding area and have concerns about your child’s speech & language development? Help is at hand! We are delighted to provide a free Speech & Language Therapy Drop-in Advice Clinic. • 6pm-8pm on Wednesday, 21st August 2019 • 10am to 12 noon on Wednesday, 28th August 2019 There’s no need to book – just call in to have a quick chat with our Speech & Language Therapist, Kate FitzHerbert. Each advice session will last about 10-15mins. Phone Sensational Kids, Kildare (045) 520 900

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Sensational Kids Clinical Services

Sensational Kids provides a range of child development services in Ireland for children and adolescents of all ages and all abilities, including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, play therapy, educational psychological assessments, hippotherapy, and hearing tests.

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