Amanda Kelly, BSc OT, Senior Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Amanda Kelly, BSc OT, Senior Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids Amanda joined the Sensational Kids Team in 2016 as an experienced Senior Occupational Therapist. Amanda has over eight years experience working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and worked with the HSE for a number of years before joining Sensational Kids. Amanda has experience working with children with a range of conditions including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, DCD/Dyspraxia and children without diagnosis who are falling behind or have Sensory Processing Disorders. Amanda has a strong interest in Sensory Integration and enjoys working with children immensely. In keeping with the ethos at Sensational Kids Amanda believes that every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their goals in life. Amanda has completed the Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate Programme with the University of Southern California and is working towards becoming a level one certified Sensory Attachment Practitioner.   Professional […]

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Breda Hand, Educational Psychologist, at Sensational Kids, Kildare & Athlone

Breda Hand, B.Ed, B.Sc. (Psychology), M.A.E.P. (Educational Psychology), MBPsS   Profile Educational psychologist Breda Hand has seventeen years’ experience as an educational psychologist with both the HSE and The National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS) from 2001 – 2018. She has worked with children from Junior Infants to Leaving Certificate who presented with the full spectrum of special educational needs. She has extensive experience dealing with parents and with teachers and principals of both primary and post-primary schools and has worked with whole-school staffs on a range of initiatives. In addition, Breda works with the disability & support services in many third level institutions. Prior to qualifying as an educational psychologist, Breda was a primary school teacher from 1985-2001. In this role, she taught children from four to thirteen years and developed a particular interest and expertise in children with special educational needs.   Continuous Professional Development Breda has also engaged with a […]

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Elaine Baldwin, BSc SLT, Senior Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

Elaine joined our team at Sensational Kids having graduated with an honours degree in speech & language therapy from University College Cork in 2012. Elaine has experience in the provision of individual and group therapy and assessments to children of all ages and all abilites. She has worked with children up to aged 18 years with varying needs including intellectual disability, developmental delay and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Recently Elaine has undertaken Auditory Verbal Therapy Training,Part 1 Working Through Audition, an RCSLT Approved & AG Bell Academy accredited six days of training with an LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist® to provide specialist speech & language therapy training to children with hearing loss using the techniques of auditory verbal therapy. Following her graduation, Elaine worked with The Brothers of Charity also spent 9 months as a home tutor to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time she facilitated and conducted Hanen training programs that equip parents […]

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Eleanor Glennon, Play Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Eleanor began her third-level education in Social Care. Eleanor experience  predominantly in working with children who have disabilities and also in supporting children from disadvantaged areas. Throughout her career, Eleanor has  also worked as a special needs assistant in numerous schools in Canada and Ireland. After settling back in to life in Ireland, Eleanor began her play therapy training at the Children’s Therapy Centre in County Westmeath in 2016, where she completed extensive training and gained experience as a play therapist in numerous national schools in the Midlands. Eleanor has completed a series of creative group-work sessions which was successful in building the participants’ resilience and fostering useful coping strategies for school and home life. This group-work was largely based on mindfulness, drama, and creative arts and was successful in achieving all aims/objectives set out. Eleanor carries out therapeutic play sessions based on a non-directive child-led approach. All work in […]

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Emma O’Riordan, BSc OT, Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare Town

Emma is a graduate of University College Cork, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in Occupational Therapy. Emma has a keen interest in hippotherapy and recently completed Hippotherapy training in the USA by attending the American Hippotherapy Association approved Level I Treatment Principles facilitated by Bonnie Cunningham, MA, PT, HPCS, in New York in August 2018. Emma’s pediatric occupational therapy experience includes a practice placement at a private therapy setting where she assessed clients, designed and implemented individual and group intervention, educated parents and teachers and learned sensory integration strategies.   Professional Qualifications Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, BSc. (hons) in Occupational Therapy from UCC   Professional Memberships AOTI member (Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland) CORU (organisation for regulating health and social care professionals) AHA American Hippotherapy Association, Inc   Continuous Professional Development Courses Completed   An Introduction to Assessing & Teaching Social Skills, presented by […]

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Grainne Maguire FBDO Orthoscopics at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Grainne Maguire is an Optician with a special interest in Paediatric dispensing. Having worked with Ian Jordan F.B.D.O. (clinical director of Orthoscopics), she brought the Orthoscopic Red Eye to the Republic of Ireland in 2008. Grainne qualified as a dispensing Optician in 1999. Grainne has a special interest in visual processing problems and uses the Orthoscopic system to reduce or eliminate the symptoms associated with, eg. Dyslexia Dyspraxia, migraine, convergence insufficiency, headaches, ADD, ASD and a number of other neurological conditions. Orthoscopics is the use of coloured lenses for individuals with Visual perceptual problems (visual stress). It is necessary to have a regular eye examination with an Optometrist to check ones visual acuity and the health of ones eyes. Visual Perceptual problems are not always picked up at this stage as they are not part of a traditional eye examinatio

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Grainne Warren, Play Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

Gráinne has facilitated group sessions in social skills and has also facilitated creative workshops for children using a variety of creative art tools such as art and craft, clay, slime, drama, therapeutic games and mindfulness. She has additional training in working with children effected by cancer, trauma and neurobiology and running mental health workshops in primary schools. Grainne carries out play therapy sessions based on a non-directive child-led approach. All work in the playroom is based on the  therapeutic relationship with the child, and the trust and confidence which grow as a result of same. She believes in the importance of working with parents on developing positive parenting skills as well as supporting parents to assist their children through the therapy process.   Qualifications Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Play Therapy Ireland) National University of Ireland, Galway 2018 Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (Play Therapy Ireland) National University of […]

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Mary Connell, Specialist Literacy Teacher at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Mary is a very experienced specialist primary school and montessori teacher, who is passionate about helping children who struggle with learning to read and has a special interest in helping children who have dyslexia with reading. Mary has worked with children with a variety of special educational needs for many years. 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 […]

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Mary Lucey, BSc OT, Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

  Mary Lucey, is an experienced occupational therapist who has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses, including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Neurological conditions, Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities.  Mary also has significant experience in guiding her practice with a variety approaches, including Sensory Integration, CO-OP and behavioural approaches. Mary graduated from University College Cork in 2016 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Following her graduation Mary worked in a private children’s occupational therapy clinic in Dublin and for the HSE in Cork.  We are delighted that Mary has joined our team at Sensational Kids in Clonakilty to help us develop our occupational therapy services for children with additional needs in the Cork Region.   Professional Qualifications Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, BSc.  in Occupational Therapy from University College Cork   Professional Memberships AOTI member (Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland) CORU (organisation for regulating […]

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Natalia Campbell, BSC OT, Senior Occupational Therapist, Sensational Kids, Kildare Town

Natalia is an Occupational therapist with 15 years experience across a broad range of practice which has shaped her enthusiasm to learn, grow and share knowledge. Natalia is passionate about the worth of Occupational Therapy as a profession and loves that it is holistic and grounded in engagement resonating with her core value that we all deserve the best chance possible to be what we want to be. Natalia has worked with adolescents and adults with physical and sensory disabilities. She has experience in specialist care as the OT for a Specialist Palliative Care Team and as a Seating Therapist for Posture and Wheeled Mobility Service in Primary and Social Care.  She has vast experience as a team member and leader in her work roles including acting OT manager, OT deputy manager, Safety Representative, Manual Handling Trainer and OTA FETAC Level 5 teacher. Natalia has studied quality care practices within […]

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Rebecca Duff, BSc OT, Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Rebecca graduated in June 2016 from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. Rebecca then spent time as an occupational therapist in a paediatric disability setting before joining the team at Sensational Kids in 2017, where she has participated in several continuous professional development training courses.   Professional Qualifications Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, BSc. (hons) in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College, Dublin   Professional Memberships AOTI member (Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland) CORU (organisation for regulating health and social care professionals)   Continuous Professional Development Courses Completed    An Introduction to Assessing & Teaching Social Skills, presented by Alex Kelly & Amy Green, November 2018 Handwriting Without Tears, Presented by Tania Ferrandino – Sensational Kids 2017 USC Sensory Integration Course I – Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration; From Theory to Identification USC sensory integration course 2- Sensory Integration Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning: From Identification to […]

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Sarah Crowley, MSc OT, Occupational Therapy, Clonakilty

Sarah Crowley joined our occupational therapy team in Clonakilty in January 2019, having graduated from Queen Margaret University,  Edinburgh with an MSc in Occupational Therapy. Sarah’s work experience includes working as a Youth Support Worker with Lothian Autistic Society, as a Health Care Assistant with Le Cheile, Cope Foundation Cork, which included the provision of care and support using a child-centred approach within a respite centre for children with learning disabilities and/or autism. In addition, Sarah has  volunteered in Cope’s children’s respite unit supporting children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to engage in meaningful activities, as well as volunteering as a summer camp leader for children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism at Co-Action, and as a literacy mentor, with Suas Education Development.   Professional Qualifications 2016- 2018 M.Sc.: Occupational Therapy Queen Margaret University – Edinburgh MSc Dissertation Title: “Exploring the Experiences of Adolescent Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder when using mobile-app Based Devices […]

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Sarah Gorman, MSc SLT, Senior Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Sarah joined our team at Sensational Kids in February 2018 as an experienced Speech & Language Therapist. Sarah has over five years experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist and worked with the HSE on a school age disability team prior to joining Sensational Kids. Sarah has experience in the administration of a range of standardised assessments as well as informal play based assessment and has provided individual and group therapy to children of all ages and abilities. Sarah has experience working with children with a range of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Delay. In addition, Sarah has provided home tuition for a child with autism spectrum disorder as well as 1:1 tuition for children at Saplings School for Children with Autism. Sarah also has experience in providing a community based Speech & Language Therapy service to children with a range of […]

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Yvonne O’Neill, Senior Play Therapist / Psychotherapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Yvonne O’Neill is the Senior Psychotherapy/Play Therapist on the team at Sensational Kids, Kildare Town   Yvonne O’Neill’s Qualifications include: MA in Humanistic & Integrative psychotherapy and play therapy BA. Social Care Practice DIT Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy CTC Diplomas in Psychology & Counselling from NUI Maynooth.   Yvonne is a member of Irish Association of Play Therapy and Psychotherapy. She has also training in sand therapy, suicide, attachment, aggressive behavior, teenage behaviour, nature as a medium, neuroscience and behaviour plus much more. She actively maintains her continuous professional development training each year. Yvonne has spent the past 22 years working with Children and Families in the community and Residential Settings. She has worked for the Probation Service, Department of Education, HSE, Tusla South Dublin County Council, Public Health Nurse Team, Residency in a DEIS schools and foster parents. Yvonne works with people experiencing difficulty in the areas […]

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