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Could a support group help you with your journey?

Updated: Apr 27, 2021


Here at Super Calm Sensory Products our aim is to educate parents, carers, teachers and children on neurodiversity and the impact it can have on the person caring for the child with a neurodiverse difference. We aim to increase understanding on what is happening in the body of a neurologically different person resulting in greater empathy in understanding certain behaviours. By developing sensory diets and activities aimed towards their specific sensory needs the child should reach optimum levels of arousal to allow them to be present during school and home life.

Someone who has neurologically diverse differences may react differently to others around sensory stimuli and other environmental factors. The overall goal is to promote understanding and increase empathy resulting in a more harmonious environment for all.


 

We have created a list of support groups for neurodiverse families in Ireland, please have a look at the list and visit their web pages to see which support groups may be best suited to your family.

Feel free to share this information with anyone who may find it useful, if you notice anything missing or incorrect please let us know!


Snowflakes: Purpose: Create a safe community where parents help their own children and each other’s children with autism – whilst successfully creating an environment of support for the whole family.

Services: Subsidised speech and language therapy/occupational therapies, subsidised play therapy, talks and meetings, workshops/talks, support group meetings.

Who should avail: Anyone affected by ASD (family, friends etc).

Type: / Charity

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: For support services/coffee mornings just arrive however for other services and to find out more apply directly through the page there may be a waiting time.

Contact: Phone: (01) 524 1544 Email: info@snowflakes.ie

Link to webpage: https://snowflakes.ie/


Autism Connects: Purpose: Autism Connects is an Irish online community whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of parents of children newly diagnosed with Autism.

Services: Online forum of chat and support for parents, a blog, plus entitlements advice and information on discounts and reviews. Discussion forum with title headings where people can engage with others about topics relating to autism and family life.

Who should avail: Anyone wishing to interact with the site can.

Type: Online community forum.

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: N/A.

Contact: Contact form on website.

Link to webpage: https://autismconnects.ie/


Prism-DLR: Purpose: PRISM is a peer led support service for families affected by conditions on the autism spectrum in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Services: Peer support meetings, Self-care for carers, Specialised talks and workshops, Confidential phone line, Advice and advocacy, Autism awareness, Social and therapeutic activities.

Who should avail: Families affected by conditions on the autism spectrum in Dun Laoighaire Rathdown.

Type: Charity.

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: N/A.

Contact: Phone: +353 85 8292839 Email: prismdlr:gmail.com

Link to webpage: https://www.prismdlr.com/


Open Spectrum: Purpose: Parent-run activities club for children and teens on the autistic spectrum in South Dublin.

Services: Set up blocks of activities such as karate, kayaking, surfing, bowling and boxing.

Who should avail: Parents and children who are affected by ASD.

Type: Support group, not yet reached charity status.

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: Detailed form to join on site.

Contact: info@openspectrum.ie or their facebook page.

Link to webpage: https://openspectrum.ie/


Dyspraxia DCD Ireland: Purpose: Provide parental support, information and guidance and to empower parents to advocate for their children's educational and vocational needs and access to services.

Services: Raise awareness of Dyspraxia/DCD in Ireland and create a better understanding of the difficulties people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families face. Ensure adequate resources are available to support the needs of people with Dyspraxia/DCD. This includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, psychological support and education. Provide an information and sharing and support network for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families. Improve diagnostic services. Organise meetings for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families. Provide a link to professionals, for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their families. Facebook page with information, one public and one private.

Who should avail: Parents of children with Dyspraxia/DCD.

Type: Charity

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: Membership form available online with €30 fee.

Contact: Phone: 01-8747085 Email:info@dyspraxia.ie

Link to webpage: https://www.dyspraxia.ie/index


ADHD Ireland: Purpose: Make life better for people affected by ADHD.

Services: Support groups for parents/guardians, Support groups for adults with ADHD, Presentations for schools and professionals , Spectrum Alliance : umbrella organisation for ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Asperger Syndrome, Social Outings: adult only and family members.

Who should avail: Families affected by ASD.

Type: National initiative with UCD and NUI Maynooth.

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: Membership from and fee.

Contact: Tel: (01) 874 8349 Email: info@adhdireland.ie

Link to webpage: https://adhdireland.ie/


Wicklow Triple A Alliance: Purpose: To be a support group for all our members and their families, To bring people together to share experiences, To have our voices heard, To promote the understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity in the community, To encourage our young members to develop the skills they need without comprising who they are.

Services: Wide range of events, support meetings, invite guest speakers to talk, social activities.

Who should avail: Those living with Asperger's, Autism or ADHD (triple A), and their families.

Type: Charity

Entitled/Criteria/Means Tested: Informal group no formal diagnosis is necessary.

Contact: Phone: 0873471596 Email: tripleawicklow@gmail.com

Link to webpage: https://triplea.ie/

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