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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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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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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