Professional Services


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

42 sports class 1-1 sessions over the year

212 children have done sports

122 children have done 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
114 1-1 sessions for children
16 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 therefore we fundraise to aid families in these matters also

Occupational Therapy

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

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.