Since The Rainbow Club has opened its door in 2016. Now in 2020 we have:
428 Children in Club
280 on the waiting list
The Rainbow Club provides Course and training now to help the parents and families
48 sports class 1-1 sessions over the year
212 children have take part sports
122 children have taken part drama
Jennifer Nolan – BSc (Hons) SLT, MIASLT ( up to 2019)
102 Assessments in Club SLT
84 in groups for 6-week courses
10 subsidized crisis families
15 hanen more than words
6 families have done làmh
Siobhan Dempsey- play therapist with a specialisation in autism and processing differences
Seen 171 Children in club for play therapy since
114 1-1 sessions for children since
12 groups for volunteer training
Caroline Murphy – BA,MA,(Ath), IACAT
Statistics for 2019: March to December
Art Therapy at The Rainbow Club
Clients are seen for weekly one to one session:
Clients are referred for a variety of reasons:
To assist in emotions regulation.
To assist in sensory regulation
To help with anxiety and stress
To help with coping skills
To help developing self-awareness and personal insight
To encourage self-expressions
To confidence and self esteem
Clients : 12 children from March to December
Speech and Language Therapy
Professional Speech and Language therapists assess, diagnose and treat people with communication difficulties in a wide variety of settings including health centres, hospitals and schools. Therapy services help people with speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing difficulties. A Speech and Language therapist comes to the club to help families in need of support. This therapy is at a cost to the parents but The Rainbow Club subsidises a portion of that cost for the family. This is an expensive treatment privately so this reiterates the importance of us having this support here for families at Rainbow club.
Occupational therapy is the use of particular activities as an aid to recuperation from physical or mental illness. The Occupational Therapist that comes to the club each week works with a younger group of up to 5 children and gives feedback to the parent of each child. She also sees children on a one to one basis. Again this service is a cost to the parents with the club subsidising a portion of that cost. Right now there are 26 children getting support weekly as part of a 6 week programme. There is unfortunately a long waiting list of children waiting to avail of this service.
Art therapy is a commonly used form of treatment for autism, as it helps mitigate symptom, while channeling autistic behaviours into a creative outlet. It promotes communication, emotional growth and sensory integration while also fostering social interaction in a fun setting.
Play Therapy / Sensory Play
Play Therapy provides a safe way for children to experiment and explore new experiences and emotions. They learn to regulate through difficult experiences, at first with support and then on their own. Sensory play sets the foundation for communication (through rhythm based and interactive play), social skills and social play, regulation and managing anxiety, empathy, theory of mind and flexibility.