Educational Psychological Assessments 

An Educational Psychological Assessment may be required if your child is struggling to keep up in school. An educational psychological assessment is required to determine a child's needs for additional resources in school such as assistive technology, special needs assistants, resource hours, or for accommodations during exams in secondary school. An educational psychologist assesses a child's IQ and cognitive (intellectual) functioning. The assessment is the assessment required to assess for dyslexia or to assist occupational therapists to confirm a diagnosis of dyspraxia / DCD.

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Occupational Therapy For Children at Sensational Kids

Does your child need help to reach their full potential?

Our Occupational Therapy Team at Sensational Kids helps children and adolescents of all abilities to maximise their potential through intervention to help them develop the necessary skills to participate fully in daily activities at home and at school.

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Speech & Language Therapy at Sensational Kids, Kildare & Clonakilty, Cork

Are you concerned about your child's ability to communicate, their use and understanding of words or how they pronounce their sounds? Our speech and language therapy milestones information chart will help you determine if your child needs intervention.

Sensational Kids paediatric speech and language therapy services are open to children of all ages and all abilities.

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Play Therapy 

 "Every child is unique and special but sometimes they experience problems with feelings or behaviours that cause disruption to their lives and the lives of those around them" 

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 What is Play Therapy?

 •Children often find it difficult to express themselves verbally and so traditional talking therapies can be difficult for them. Play is a child’s natural way of expressing themselves.

•Play therapy is a therapeutic method of Psychotherapy for children aged 3 and upwards that explores a child’s natural means of expression to help them cope in their world.   

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Specialist Reading Tuition at Sensational Kids

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.

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Sensational Kids "Support Me" Parent Support Group






‘Support Me’ is a monthly parent centred group set up to support parents of children with extra needs. Parenting a child with extra needs can be rewarding, exhausting, challenging, frustrating, and heart warming. It can be a roller coaster.

Sensational Kids ‘Support Me’ group offers parents a place to meet other parents who can share hope, insights, tips and experience of accessing services. ‘Support Me’ offers parents a space to problem solve and encourage each other.

 

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Transitioning to Secondary School Group

Our Transition To Secondary School Group  aims to address the difficulties that young people with special educational needs face when they transition from primary school to secondary school.

Open to children of all abilities, this programme helps to prepare students for the change to that they have the skills to adapt to life in secondary school.

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Orthoscopics at Sensational Kids

Orthoscopic assessments are available at Sensational Kids to determine if the use of coloured lenses can assist with visual stress. Often children who see words and letters moving around a page or who report difficulty seeing faces benefit from wearing coloured lenses. An orthoscopic assessment determines the exact colour lenses required to alleviate the symptoms

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WOW Wipe Out Worries (WOW) Programme

The Wipe Out Worries (WOW) programme run by play therapists is an exciting 8 week group programme for children who are experiencing stress, anxiety and worry.

The program aims to help children develop coping strategies and practice self-calming strategies.

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Keyboarding Classes For Children With Special Educational Needs

Sensational Kids is starting keyboarding lessons for children with special educational needs who use laptops in school and who need help to learn how to type efficiently.

 

This group will be run by our occupational therapy team who have received training in the use of the Keyboarding Without Tears programme, which will be used during these classes.

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Occupational Therapy For Children at Sensational Kids Charity

Maximising Potential!

Sensational Kids Sensory Integration Gym

Sensational Kids is a registered charity set up by parents to provide accessible and affordable therapy services for children of all abilities, including those with special needs.

We take pride in providing the highest quality occupational therapy services to children of all abilities.

Sensational Kids provides therapy services for many children each week with Autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Dyspraxia, Global Developmental Delays, Dyslexia, Sensory Processing Disorders, ADD, ADHD and many other developmental conditions and delays.

Our unique state-of-the-art sensory gym and therapeutic rooms together with the innovative equipment are designed to mirror playful activities to the child, whilst the therapist draws upon extensive training to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at developing greater capabilities and skill levels.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps a child achieve independence and ability to participate in all facets of his or her life, play, self-care, school and community participation, and socialising with family and friends. Occupational Therapy gives children and their families the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent, fulfilling and satisfying lives.

Occupational therapists are concerned with developing the skills and underlying abilities children need to perform their main everyday ‘occupations’ of playing, learning and engaging with friends and family.

Our occupational therapists focus on developing skills through meaningful activity. We work with children to assist them to acquire the necessary skills and the underlying sensory or physical components for daily activities at home (e.g. eating and dressing), preschool (e.g. drawing, cutting and jumping) and school (e.g. handwriting, attention, memory).

Occupational therapy is also appropriate for children who find making friends difficult or have trouble coping with social situations. Our aim is to enable children to develop and generalise skills and abilities in order to be able to participate to their full potential.

Occupational Therapists at Sensational Kids will investigate your child’s sensory processing as well as skills such as gross and fine motor skills, pretend play skills, self care skills, handwriting, attention, planning and organisation, and visual perception and how this contributes to their day to day functioning.

Occupational Therapy helps your child develop their functional performance skills.

These include:

  • Attention & Concentration
  • Fine motor skills (including bilateral hand use, dexterity and handwriting)
  • Gross motor skills (including balance, postural control and coordination)
  • Handwriting
  • Organisational Skills
  • Transitioning
  • Self care skills such as dressing and feeding
  • Self Regulation
  • Sensory Processing
  • Social skills
  • Visual Processing

We follow recommended best practice and so your first appointment with Sensational Kids will be an appointment with the therapist to meet with the parents/guardians. During this parent consultation appointment, parents can discuss their concerns about their child frankly with the therapist without negatively  impacting on the child's self-esteem. It also gives the therapist the opportunity to go through the developmental history to obtain a thorough understanding of the difficulties your child is experiencing. Together the therapist and parents can agree a family centred plan and therapy goals specifically for your child.

Who can avail of Occupational Therapy Services at Sensational Kids?

 The Sensational Kids Occupational Therapy Services are open to children of all abilities and all ages who may be experiencing difficulties or delays.

We operate an Open Referral System which means that anybody can refer a child to Sensational Kids, including parents.

We have experience working with children with :

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disability
  • Non Verbal Children
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Specific Language Impairment

How much does Occupational Therapy cost at Sensational Kids?

Sensational Kids Occupational Therapy Services are subsidised by fundraising and donations to offer families affordable therapy in a state of the art environment with therapists who are dedicated to helping children to reach their full potential in a fun and enjoyable way. Sensational Kids Occupational Therapy Services cost less than equivalent services as they are subsidised by funds raised by Sensational Kids.

Our individual sessions consist of 45 - 50 minutes therapy followed by 5-10 minutes feedback with the parent/caregiver.

Occupational Therapy Consultations €65

Occupational Therapy Assessments including a full written report  €330

Where can I avail of Sensational Kids Services

Sensational Kids occupational therapy assessments and intervention services are located at Sensational Kids Child Development & Learning Centre in Kildare Town.

Sensational Kids occupational therapy team also provide outreach services to schools and organisations who may require speech and language therapy services or presentations to staff or parents. 

Why Choose Sensational Kids

Client centred therapy based on your unique needs

A multi disciplinary team of highly skilled therapists who are supported with professional development and clinical supervision and who work together as a team to support your child

A not for profit charity where the fees to you are reduced by fundraising and donations

Appointments Tuesday to Saturday

A highly resourced child development & learning centre designed to  make therapy enjoyable for your child

We are a not for profit registered charity founded by parents

Top Class Child Friendly Facilities

  • A fun sensory integration gym which includes swings, a ball pool and climbing equipment
  • Sensory room which includes uv lighting, projector, interactive bubble tube and weighted blankets
  • Baking room
  • Comfortable waiting rooms with free tea and coffee
  • Individual private consultation rooms equipped with lots of exciting games and toys to make therapy fun for your child

"Because Senstional Children Deserve Sensational Therapy"

How to make an appointment at Sensational Kids

To make an appointment for occupational therapy please phone us on  045 520900

Alternatively if you have copies of reports or assessments to send in please complete our registration form and post it in together with a copy of the reports to Sensational Kids, Unit F2 Kildare Business Park, Melitta Road, Kildare Town.

Upon receipt of your registration form, we will contact you with 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.

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturdays 9.30am - 5pm