Specialist Reading Teacher

If your child is struggling with reading, our specialist one to one intervention for children offers help. Struggling readers can work with experienced literacy teacher Mary Connell.

Mary has many years of expertise in special education and who has developed her own literacy programme.


Sensational Kids offers intervention and support for children who are struggling with reading, on a one to one basis with specialist literacy teacher Mary Connell.

About Mary Connell, Literacy Teacher at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Mary Connell N.T. H/Dip Education, H/Dip Montessori,  Literacy Teacher at Sensational Kids

Professional Qualifications

• Degree in Primary Education, Victoria University, Manchester 1969
• Certification in Primary Education (National Teacher), Department of Education, Dublin 1973
• Diploma Montessori Education, St Nicholas Teaching College, Dun Laoghaire 1982

Other Certificate Courses and Professional Development

• Diploma in Learning Support, COI Teacher Training College, Rathmines, 1995
• Certificate in Dyslexia Support, Dyslexic Ass. of Ireland, 1996
• Handwriting without Tears, Advanced Teachers Level, 2010
• The Traffic Jam in my Brain – a sensory processing approach to challenges ssociated with autism, ADHD and behavioural problems, presented by Gen Jereb OT 2010
• Kids Express Train, training kids to express themselves presented by Rachel Arntsen, Speech & language Therapist 2009


Originally from Athenry, Co Galway, Mary qualified as a primary teacher at Manchester University in 1969. After which, she worked for a number of years at a primary school in Salford in Lancashire. Following Irish certification with the Irish Department of Education, Mary worked as a National School Teacher in a rural national school in Co.Laois. Mary also qualified in the Montessori method of Education in 1982.In 1993, Mary was appointed as a full time learning support teacher for four National Schools in the Laois area. During this time, Mary undertook a number of additional qualifications in dyslexia and learning support.In 2002, Mary set up in private practice establishing a literacy school in Portlaoise. Mary’s school, the Bright Sparks Learning Centre, has grown from strength to strength and currently employs six part time teachers and has over 60 students. Mary has been working as a literacy teacher with Sensational Kids since 2009.

Mary has also developed and written a series of Sound Reading books to assist in early reading and will form part of her new reading workshops for parents and educators.

When is Reading Support Available

Reading support with the literacy teacher, Mary Connell, is available at Sensational Kids on Wednesday and Friday afternoons

Why choose Sensational Kids Child Development Centre

Teamwork – Sensational Kids offers a multi disciplinary team of highly skilled therapists who are supported with continuous professional development and clinical supervision and who work together as a team to support your child

Not For Profit – Sensational Kids is a registered charity founded by parents to help make services affordable and accessible for families. Our services are subsidised by donations and fundraising.

Family Friendly Hours  – Appointments are available Tuesday to Saturday

Unique and innovative Facilities – Sensational Kids provides a very well resourced child development & learning centre designed to  make therapy enjoyable for your child

Sensory Integration – Our facilities include a sensory integration gym with swings, a ball pool and climbing equipment. In addition our  therapists  have undertaken additional professional training courses in sensory processing disorders.

Sensory Room – Sensational Kids facilities also include Sensory room which includes uv lighting, a projector, an interactive bubble tube and weighted blankets

Baking room – Children attending our services can also avail of a kitchen with baking facilities as part of their skill building activities

Waiting rooms for parents – Comfortable waiting rooms with free tea and coffee for parents/guardians

Privacy – Our therapists each have their own consultation rooms equipped with lots of exciting games and toys to make therapy fun for your child

Accessibility – Sensational Kids operates and Open Referral system which means that parents/guardians can book appointments at Sensational Kids without the need for a GP Referral.

Highly Skilled Therapy Team – all of our therapy team are fully supported with clinical supervision and attend several Continuous Professional Development Training Courses every year

Child Development & Learning Store – Onsite access to the rescources you need to help your child develop their skills at Ireland’s only Child Development and Learning Store that is run as a social enterprise

Ethos – Sensational Kids was set up “Because Sensational Children Deserve Sensational Therapy”

How much does Reading Support Cost at Sensational Kids

Sensational Kids is a social enterprise and registered charity set up by parents to provide accessible and affordable child development services for children of all ages and abilities.

One to one specialist reading support with literacy teacher Mary Connell is available for €48 per session.

Each session lasts one hour.

Payment Policy

Full payment is required for each session before the appointment commences.

We are happy to accept credit/debit cards or cash as  methods of payment.

To make an appointment

Phone Sensational Kids 045 520900 to book an appointment

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment 48 hours notice is required to be given so that this appointment can be re-allocated. A €20 charge will apply for cancellations without 48 hours notice and full fees will be payable for failure to arrive for an appointment.


Sensational Kids is located in Kildare Town at

Unit F2 Kildare Business Park, Kildare Town

Sensational Kids services are open to children from all over Ireland.


Contact Us

Phone 045 520900
Email info@sensationalkids.ie

Opening Hours at Sensational Kids

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturdays 9.30am – 5pm

Contact Sensational Kids

Phone 045 520900

Email info@sensationalkids.ie

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