Working on Our Dream

For the past 12+ years Sensational Kids has operated from a rented 4,500 square feet rented facility in and industrial park on the edges of Kildare Town. We have already changed the lives of 6,800 children, saving their families €1.5 million in therapy fees. With 45,000 children on waiting lists for speech & language and occupational therapy, it’s now time to join us on our journey to make our dreams come true as we build Sensational Kids a Forever Home on a greenfield site just off the M7 motorway at Kildare Town. Together we can change the lives of 28,000 children over the next 10 years by building on the provision of comprehensive, family-centered, therapeutic care for which Sensational Kids is known   FIND OUT MORE  

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Handwriting Without Tears Product Information

We are big fans of Handwriting Without Tears here at Sensational Kids.We host training workshops each year,  our occupational therapists are trained in Handwriting Without Tears and use it regularly during occupational therapy at Sensational Kids and our online shop stocks the full range of Handwriting Without Tears Products.   If you are wondering which products or workbooks are suitable for your child or wondering which resources or workbooks you should use in your classroom, we have put together the list of workbooks and resources by class or age development stage. You can also use this form to order from our shop by post – just post the form and payment to Sensational Kids, Unit F2 Kildare Business Park,Kildare Town, Ireland.   CLICK HERE to view the Handwriting Product Range by class / developmental age   SHOP ONLINE for Handwriting Without Tears

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Founder & CEO of Sensational Kids joins SERI as Founding Member 

“SERI aims high for Irish Social Enterprises” Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) Launched to Support the Social Enterprise Sector A group of passionate social enterprise practitioners, key sector stakeholders and supporters, including Sensational Kids Founder & CEO Karen Leigh, have joined together to launch SERI, a representative body for the dynamic, evolving and broad social enterprise sector in Ireland. SERI was born from the energy, knowledge and experience that exist within the sector, and a widely recognised need for a united voice. Formed by some of Ireland’s leading social enterprise practitioners and supporters, its mission is to champion for the sector and its members, both nationally and internationally. SERI will work collaboratively with all those critical to the success of the sector, providing a unified voice for its members, who exist on a wide spectrum, from local community-based enterprises to larger, and in some cases international enterprises. Social enterprises […]

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COVID-19 Update: Re-Opening Plan

Like you, we have been watching the progress of COVID-19 and the government’s response very closely. The processes and procedures we need to adopt are reasonably significant to plan and implement before opening. Over the past number of weeks our team have been working closely with a Health & Safety Consultant as well as our Clinical Governance Team to ensure that both our employees and families can safely avail of our vital frontline therapeutic supports in person again. We plan to gradually reopen our services from Wednesday 17th June 2020 whilst moving to a blended model of care which will incorporate both telehealth and in-person services. At least 2 employees from each of our four child development centres have been trained as “Covid-19 Officers” by our Health & Safety Consultants, to ensure compliance and implementation of our Covid-19 policies in the workplace. A return to in-person supports may look and […]

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Sensational Kids Clinical Governance Committee

Our voluntary Clinical Governance Committee is an advisory Subcommittee reporting to the Board of Directors but may consider issues on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or clinical and operational staff. The purpose of the Subcommittee is to provide advice to the Board, Chief Executive Officer and or clinical and operational staff on issues relating to clinical risk management, clinical effectiveness, child and family centred services, continuous improvement of service and scope of practice for Sensational Kids. This group is chaired by board member Dr Katie Cremin, an award winning Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at Trinity College Dublin, together with members Sinead Callinan, Clinical Consultant and Helen Gannon, Senior Speech & Language Therapist. Clinical Governance is a tool to support clinical staff in Sensational Kids to deliver quality services and ensure children and families receive quality services. Sensation Kids aims to differentiate the service from other private providers […]

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The Scared Gang Have to Stay At Home

Written by Eadaoin Bhreathnach, Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor.   Here at Sensational Kids, we are big fans of The Scared Gang books by Eadaoin Bhreathnach   We are delighted to share this free resource, The Scared Gang Have to Stay at Home:    Click HERE to read The Scared Gang Hang to Stay at Home   The Scared Gang characters, images and stories are copyright. The author and artist are providing this story as a free resource for children in response to Covid-19. Commercial reproduction of this book is not permitted. The information in this book is based on the current Covid-19 UK government guidelines April 3rd 2020.

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Online Therapy Supports Re-Open at Sensational Kids, Monaghan

Generous Donation for Online Therapy Supports for Children in Need in Monaghan Area   There’s good news for parents of children with additional needs in the Cavan/Monaghan and surrounding areas. Sensational Kids Child Development Centre in Monaghan, which was forced to close its online occupational therapy supports for children with additional needs during the pandemic due to a lack of funding, has today re-opened its online occupational therapy supports for children and families in need, with thanks to a very generous donation by a donor advised fund from The Community Foundation of Ireland. Sensational Kids’ online tele-health services that are available for children from Sensational Kids in Monaghan include Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy for children and adolescents of all ages and all abilities, as well as parent advice and parent coaching for parents who have children with additional needs. As a Social Enterprise, our affordable and accessible […]

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Telehealth at Sensational Kids

On March 18th, at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in Ireland, we temporarily ceased clinic-based services. It was impossible for our therapists to continue offering therapy services in person while complying with social distancing guidelines. This called for innovation, adaptation, and flexibility. We knew that our families would continue to need our services, particularly with the current crisis; school closures, change in daily routines and increased anxiety levels. Sensational Kids is proud to have set up a telehealth service to ensure continuity of service and to support families. This blog post aims to provide information on telehealth and to highlight the benefits of telehealth from the perspective of a therapist. What is telehealth? “Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely. These may be technologies you use from home”. Telehealth is growing rapidly and has […]

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Tips from Sensational Kids Speech & Language Therapist

Senior Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Sarah Gorman provides some speech & language therapy tips:   Attention Tips:  Keep activities brief or structure them into short blocks Allow for regular breaks Alternate between challenging and less challenging activities Present one activity or idea at a time Keep distractions to a minimum Increase goals gradually Ensure that tasks are meaningful and are within your child’srange of ability   Receptive Language Tips: Use simple and concise language Use pauses when speaking and go slow Support language with gestures and visual cues Give instructions as they are expected to happen Allow for processing time – try not to repeat a sentence/instruction immediately Turn questions into sentence starters where possible e.g. ‘The wolf lived in the…?’ Use strong/animated facial expressions to match language and model feelings   Expressive Language Tips: Give your child your full attention when they want to speak Use […]

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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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