Can You Help?

Our Wish List: There are many practical ways you can lend your support to our non-profit child development centres to make a difference to the lives of children with additonal needs. Here are some items which we currently need. If you would like to contribute towards funding any of these items please get in touch us by emailing Karen@sensationalkids.ie Kildare Centre: Therapeutic Listening Music €156 3 Therapeutic Listening Music Chips to complete our therapeutic listening resources €156 Mats for Hippotherapy €186 Mats needed for occupational therapy room at Jag Equestrian Therapeutic Listening Headphones €200 1 set of therapeutic listening headphones €200 Specialist Play Therapy Books €288 Margot Sunderland therapeutic stories written for children to cover everything from death anxiety, depressed parent, the child that is treated as the rubbish bin , anger etc.  One example is the “day the sea went out and never came back” Set of 12 €288.00 […]

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Clinicial Reasoning For Occupational Therapists

We are really looking forward to welcoming back the wonderful Occupational Therapist Tracy Stackhouse from the USA to host this fantastic Workshop in Ireland this week,   The SpIRiT© of Pediatric OT: The SpIRiT (Sensory processing/Integration Reasoning interactive Tool) is a mindful clinical reasoning tool for ensuring best practice in pediatric occupational therapy. The core of the SpIRiT model is derived from the theory and practice of sensory integration, as originated by A. Jean Ayres (now referred to as Ayres’ Sensory Integration, or ASI©). The model is elaborated by current work connecting basic sensory integrative processes to neural plasticity through the mechanism of evincing an adaptive response. In this model, the basic sensory processing is the lowest, bottom up influence over the neural networks that support adaptive functioning. The SpIRiT© model includes a framework for looking at sensory integrative processes with the neural processes that use the sensation for organization […]

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We have our boy back

Jamie’s Story – “We have our boy back” My son Jamie first came to Sensational Kids nearly one year ago and what a year it has been. We first came as Jamie was having horrible thoughts and wanted to hurt himself, pulling terrible tantrums, and as an eight-year-old, they were very hard to handle. When I rang Sensational Kids to explain my case I was at my last wits. I got in touch with Yvonne and she has been like an angel ever since. They saw how much Jamie needed guidance. We were in for our first visit the next week and since then he has been going from strength to strength, from a child that wouldn’t go into school, and hated everyone around him and himself. Jamie has been doing play therapy with Yvonne. He loves it and can’t wait to come in. Yvonne has been talking to Jamie […]

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Hippotherapy is utterly amazing!

“Hippotherapy is utterly amazing, transforming and an untapped resource that these special children deserve……….crave and need very much”   Here at Sensational Kids, some of our specially trained occupational therapists have been incorporating hippotherapy into their occupational therapy sessions with incredible feedback:     Our little girl is thriving due to the extra dimension that Sensational Kids have introduced for children with special needs. Our little girl has developed a rapport with a horse that delights her while she is doing occupational therapy. Her confidence, and her attention span in school is soaring, now she is doing things that she would never do. The relationship that she has developed with the horse, her Occupational Therapist has reached stratospheric heights and added a new dimension to untapped potential. I can only thank Sensational Kids from the bottom of my heart. I feel very positive and happy about her future. I know […]

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Famous Irish artists go horsing around for charity!

The Curragh Racecourse along with Irish Injured Jockeys and Sensational Kids launch their ‘under stARTers orders’ creative public arts fundraising initiative today. The Curragh wanted to create a unique fundraising drive for the charities to tie in with the launch of the new Curragh Racecourse. Today they launch an exciting public arts project which involves top Irish artists with all proceeds going to racing charity Irish Injured Jockeys and Kildare based children’s charity Sensational Kids. Twenty of Ireland’s most distinguished artists have been commissioned to take part and each artist received a life-size resin horse sculpture that is primed and ready to paint in their own unique style. On completion, all works will be sold and the proceeds will be shared equally between the two charities. The public will have the chance to visit and view these spectacular works while on public display at various locations from April to June […]

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Brain and Sensory Foundations Course Announcement

  Online, Self-Paced, On Demand   Open Enrollment Now through April 7, 2019   You can help children and adults make outstanding progress with the unique tools from Brain and Sensory Foundations online training.   You will be able to provide powerful help with this proven, evidenced-based system using innate brain-growing movements of infancy and special tools to enhance brain and sensory maturity.   The results are spectacular.   Therapists and parents report measurable, far-reaching benefits. They are especially delighted with the lasting improvements in sensory processing and functional skills.   The activities are FUN and ENJOYABLE to do and can be used for individuals of all ages to promote deep and lasting transformation in the brain, body and sensory systems.   These simple yet profound movements help transform: Anxiety Sensory issues Sleep issues Learning challenges ASD and ADHD symptoms Physical challenges Speech delay Social-Emotional challenges Anger, Depression FAS RAD PTSD Pain Brain Injury   Perfect […]

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Sensational Kids to Host Therapeutic Listening Workshop

Listening plays a vital role in the sensory integration process. In fact, some believe that the auditory system is the ‘missing link’ in sensory integration modalities. In this two-day, in-person, international training course, you will learn to use Therapeutic Listening® modulated audio selections to create individualized, home-based programs for clients. You will also learn how to implement Therapeutic Listening strategies in conjunction with postural, respiratory and sensory activities. The course will take participants from assessment through treatment outcomes, creating complete Therapeutic Listening programs. Case-study video presentations will be used to illustrate points and show changes in individuals with listening and other sensory processing difficulties including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, apraxia, anxiety, and Down’s Syndrome. Don’t miss this important professional development workshop presented by Sheila M. Frick, an occupational therapist from the USA who educates therapists in an integrated approach to sensory processing disorder.  Sheila is an esteemed clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in […]

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Maurice Kelly appointed as Chair of Sensational Kids Voluntary Board of Directors

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Maurice Kelly as voluntary chair of our board of directors. As a voluntary Board Member since June 2016, Maurice already brings valuable support and guidance in all things HR related. As a natural next step, Maurice will now lend his extensive leadership support to the board of directors and executive at a time of significant growth for Sensational Kids as we grow and scale our social impact nationally. We would like to express our huge gratitude to our outgoing chair of the board of directors Paula Egan who led her three year term with great passion, enthusiasm, and dedication, helping to set us on a solid path for future growth and development. Sensational Kids would also like to welcome new board members Sinead Callinan, Simon Cox, Sharon Kearns, and Joanne Stanley who have joined our voluntary board to replace directors who have […]

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Irish Women’s Awards 2019

We are very excited to share news that our CEO & Founder Karen Leigh won an award for Services to Charity/Third Sector at the inaugural The Irish Women’s Awards in Dublin last night for her work and dedication to provide early intervention services for children of all ages, all abilities and all means. . The awards provided a platform to thank and recognise meritorious ladies for their attributions to our society as well as for the exceptional work they carry out on a daily basis that often remain unknown or even unappreciated.. Karen is honoured to be recognised among so many inspirational women at an event that showcased examples of courage, passion, skill, commitment and success that feature in women.

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Volunteers Wanted for Hippotherapy Project

Sensational Kids is looking for volunteers to help with our new hippotherapy project, for an 8 week period, at Jag Equestrian, Naas, Co Kildare. Hours: 9am until 3pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a minimum 3 hour offer of time – 9am to 12noon and/or 12noon to 3pm – Ideally if volunteers can come from 9am-3pm this would be best as it saves change over   Requirements:  We need a minimum of 2 volunteers (1 horse handler and 1 side walker) with at least one volunteer per block to have horse experience to become the horse handler. Some experience of working with horses desirable but not necessary. All volunteers will be Garda Vetted   How to apply: Email; Natalia@sensationalkids.ie to apply          

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Santa’s Reindeer Hospital

Kildare Town’s Christmas Experience Santa’s Reindeer Hospital to raise money for Sensational Kids   Visit Santa & Mrs Claus and their Reindeer at The Old Town Courthouse and much more!       The Story so Far… . A mysterious virus has infected Santa’s Reindeer, caused by the harsh effects of climate change, Santa’s Lapland Reindeer are having difficulty in maintaining altitude when flying. This has been a huge cause of concern, Santa has sought the help from the best veterinary experts in the World and reached out to the renowned vets in Kildare because of their excellent reputation and experience with Racehorses. As a result, Santa has opened a Reindeer hospital in Kildare Town to treat the sick reindeer. He is making a scheduled visit to Kildare Town from 14th – 23rd December, 2018 to check in on the reindeer and meet with vets to discuss the issue. Local vets […]

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Volunteer Opportunities

Sensational Kids is an innovative social enterprise charity which opened its doors in Kildare Town in 2008 to subsidise affordable and accessible early intervention therapy services for children of all abilities, to bridge the gap between public and private early intervention services for children with additional needs. Sensational Kids is an innovative charity, run on an innovative social enterprise model. We do not receive any government funding. Our funding, to subsidise early intervention services for our clients, comes from fundraising events, private and corporate funding, proceeds from our retail shop and on-line store and fees from our training events. We will have a pop up retail Christmas Toy Shop on the Square in Kildare Town this Christmas time, for 10 days starting on Friday 14th December, through to Sunday 23rd December. Open weekdays 3-8pm and weekends 10am-8pm. We require volunteers to assist us in our shop, retail experience would be […]

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Child Protection Training

Well done to Mary, Occupational Therapist at our Cork Centre who recently completed Child Protection Training, Also, well done to Elaine, Speech Therapist at our Cork Centre who recently completed Child Protection Designated Liaison Training. This further professional development training helps staff to identify best practice in relation to child protection recording and reporting.

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Irish Tatler Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award Goes to Kildare Woman Karen Leigh

Leigh is the founder and CEO of a charity which looks after children with special needs. Bridging the gap between the private and public sector, sensational kids is made up of a wonderful team of people who make a tremendous difference for families throughout Ireland. Ten years ago, Karen Leigh was appalled by the lack of support she could find for her children. Upon discussing with fellow parents, she realised that many children with special needs faced lengthy waiting lists and couldn’t access affordable and accessible occupational therapy services. It is from her own experience then, and her dedication to the cause that Sensational Kids was born. This community and voluntary organisation is now celebrating a decade in business and employs 21 staff across its centres in Kildare and Cork. The fact that parents from Donegal and Waterford have made the trip to bring their children to Sensational Kids for […]

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Voluntary Board Members & Company Secretary

Sensational Kids is seeking expressions of interest from candidates who are interested in becoming voluntary board members or from those who have experience/qualifications to take on the role of company secretary.  These roles are available due to the rotation of board members at the end of their terms as well as additional roles to strengthen the existing team.  We are also interested in recruiting board members in the Kildare, Cork and Mayo areas who can attend or skype into meetings which are held in Kildare.  Sensational Kids is seeking board members who have experience in Social Enterprise Development during periods of growth and scaling. The ideal candidate should have an interest in and knowledge of the social enterprise sector. We are interested in hearing from candidates who have experience in: Social Enterprise Development Fundraising Strategy Retail Development Finance/Accounting Corporate Governance Clinical Governance: which may be interest to those who have […]

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Clonakilty Open Evening for Educators & Parents

Introduction and Tour of Sensational Kids NEW Child Development Centre in Clonakilty. Open Evening for Educators/ Parents of Children with additional needs   Tuesday Oct 16th 4-5.30pm   Senior Speech Therapist, Elaine Baldwin and Occupational Therapist, Mary Lucey will give an Introductory talk on the range of services available at the new Child Development Centre in Clonakilty. All attendees will be given a tour of the new state of the art facilities on offer, including the newly equipped occupational therapy Gym. 2nd Floor Building G West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty,  County Cork P85 VF62 Phone 023 887 8208 Email:  Clonakilty@sensationalkids.ie   Admission is free of charge

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Tips to Help With Homework

With the return of school in September we often hear from parents that children are struggling to settle back into the homework routine after sitting for a log day in school. During the summer month the weather is nicer and typically children are running around outside, they are climbing and hanging and naturally meeting all their sensory needs through normal day to day activities. When they return to school they are suddenly required to sit still in class and concentrate on lessons for six hours a day. While they get some short break at lunchtime there are not always opportunities in the school playground for high powered regulating activities such as climbing and hanging. It is also a loud and busy environment which can be more overwhelming for children than regulating. Below are some simple tips that can be incorporated into your evening to help with the homework routine: Pick […]

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Speech & Language Therapy Tips & Information

Wednesday 24th October from 7-8 pm  At Sensational Kids, Kildare Town Presented by Sarah Gorman, MSc SLT, Senior Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare   This presentation will include: Overview of clients that SLTs work with Red flags for speech and language delay/when to refer Benefits of speech and language intervention Tips and ideas for promoting language development in young children   This talk is suitable for: Parents who have concerns re: speech and language development who are not already linked in with an SLT Preschool teachers Primary school teachers SNAs   Venue: Sensational Kids Unit F2 Kildare Business Park, Melitta Road,  Kildare Town County Kildare R51 R281 Phone: 045 520900 Email: info@sensationalkids.ie   Book Your Places Places on this talk are strictly limited and can be reserved in advance online

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Charities to benefit from Under stARTers orders

Charities to benefit from Under stARTers orders Opportunity to be a part of Kildare’s most exciting sculpture trail ever! Exciting initiative to celebrate a new beginning for The Curragh Racecourse Colourfully decorated resin fiberglass horses will be appearing all around County Kildare next year to celebrate the opening of the New Curragh which will benefit the Injured Jockeys Fund and Sensational Kids. Under stARTers orders will be temporarily located in key locations in May and June and artists will be working with well known personalities from the world of sport and entertainment who will be approached to paint and decorate the 20 life-sized statues. The brightly adorned horses will be found “grazing” and taking in the scenery in prominent locations across Kildare and surrounding counties to create excitement and enthusiasm to coincide with the opening of the redeveloped Curragh Racecourse The title of the project connects horse racing terminology with […]

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Sensational Kids Child Development Centre in Clonakilty is Now Open

Sensational Kids is delighted to announce that our new Child Development Centre in Clonakilty, Co Cork is now open.   Appointments are now available for   Occupational Therapy Speech & Language Therapy Play Therapy   Sensational Kids is open to children and adolescents of all ages and all abilities How To Contact Sensational Kids, Clonakilty   Address 2nd Floor Building G West Cork Technology Park Clonakilty Co Cork P85 VF62   Phone 023 887 8208   Email: Clonakilty@Sensationalkids.ie   Sensational Kids Clonakilty Opening Hours Tuesday 10am – 6pm Wednesday 10am – 6pm Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 9am – 4.30pm Closed Sundays & Mondays  

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R Sound Speech Therapy Group

Does Your Child Struggle with the R Sound?   Sensational Kids is running a speech therapy group to help children pronounce their R sound.   Who Should Attend? Children aged 7 or over who cannot say their R sound properly. Please note that a child under the age of 7 is not considered to be delayed in pronouncing the R sound until they are aged 7 or over as it is one of the last sounds to be developed.   Where The R Sound group will be held at Sensational Kids, Kildare Town.   Dates & Times This is an intensive therapy block specifically targeting the R sound. It will involve participating in two sessions per week for a period of three weeks Wednesday 5th September 2018 3.45pm – 4.30pm Saturday 8th September 2018 10.30am – 11.15am Wednesday 12th September 2018 3.45pm – 4.30pm Saturday 15th September 2018 11.30am – […]

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