CHILDREN

Cluas @ Home

Cluas provides home based listening programmes to many children with a range of difficulties, such as children with Speech and Language Difficulties, Difficulties learning to read or write, School difficulties, Dyspraxia, Attention difficulties (ADD or ADHD), children on the Autistic spectrum or children with Asperger’s Syndrome.

We also provide programmes for children from under two years of age up to pre-teenagers using Our Centre Based Approach at our Dublin Centre, which may be more suitable for some younger children and their families. Our aim is to offer parents the widest options to help with the development of their child.

Our Home Based Approach

Our home based approach means that you, a relative or a carer, can provide the Cluas programme at home by supervising the daily 2 hour sessions yourself, at a time that suits your family.

You will be encouraging and supporting your child as they go through the Cluas programme. Your child will be able to talk and interact with you and also move around while they are wearing the headphones (through which they receive their programme). This support from you is extremely beneficial to your child, as he or she works through activities where they may experience difficulty. Your involvement will make sure that you and your child really enjoys their time during the programme.

We supply a detailed programme of activities and information on sources of materials to enable you to more easily implement the programme.  This will help you organise different activities. These activities are designed to help your child develop – and make the daily 2 hour session enjoyable for your child.  We will provide a manual giving you guidelines and ideas for the activities.

The Cluas team are also available to respond to any issues arising for you or your child on any week-day during the programme.

Many teenagers or older students will be well able to manage more of their own Cluas @ Home Student’s programme themselves. Considerably less supervision from parents may be needed.

TESTIMONIAL

Ben – aged 11 – from Dublin, with concentration and listening difficultiesJune '16

There were a number of factors that led to Ben doing a Cluas program at home – he lacked concentration in the sense that he would flit from one activity to another and couldn’t sit still as they say for any length of time. Ben’s name could be called many, many times a day and it was as though...

There were a number of factors that led to Ben doing a Cluas program at home – he lacked concentration in the sense that he would flit from one activity to another and couldn’t sit still as they say for any length of time. Ben’s name could be called many, many times a day and it was as though he couldn’t hear me. He, if asked to carry out more than one instruction at a time, say go to your room and get your schoolbag and call your brother – and don’t forget to turn out the light – he may if we were lucky remember one of the tasks.

Often he would get distracted and I may find he had moved onto something else and wouldn’t have accomplished any of the tasks. Homework was more often than not a struggle most of the time – Ben has two other brothers and finding the time and to be honest patience (SOME DAYS) was taking its toll on family life. Homework often ended in tears … and I could see his frustration building especially as he became a little bigger and more was expected of him at school.

I don’t mean to compare him to his older brother but he rarely read any books and it was always something we as a family encouraged. He fought with his brothers often and now I can see looking back that he was confused and frustrated – who could blame him?

So to school – Ben had many friends – anyone who meets him instantly is drawn to him – he is a bright, warm, bubbly child but he often said that he didn’t feel that he fit into a group and felt alone at school. He said that he had people to talk to and have fun with but felt a little like an outsider – this as you can imagine would break your heart and to see him sad like this at times was unbearable.

This I must stress has all changed and his whole world has opened up and he skips into school now and is so much happier. Academically Ben to an extent was holding his own at school – but each teacher he has had through the years always came back with the same … he lacks concentration at times, he can’t seem to focus on his work, daydreams, so this coupled with what I saw at home over many years led me to Cluas.

I could see that he was struggling not just with school work and relationships – but everyday life at home – he was always in trouble for now paying attention / not concentrating / lacking interest / not caring….and I was turning into the mother from hell !!!! God love the poor child!

He gets along fine with his brothers and I guess will always have bad days … that’s what brothers are there for – to fight with and learn from I guess but it must be said that although arguments happened and will in the future, Ben is not a physical child and any trouble can be smoothed over pretty easily.

Ben will go out to play with the other boys on the road now – even without his older brother – whom I think used to mind him and almost fill in the blanks for him. Before I did notice on many occasions that he wouldn’t go out to play when people called and this concerned me greatly but now that has all changed.

He is definitely happier at school. He has made new friends and seems to have found a new group of people – while still retaining his old pals. He has found boys he has stuff in common with – I think his communication skills have improved greatly and is discerning what he likes and doesn’t.

We had a chat last night as we knew we were on the last leg of our journey with Cluas so to speak and Ben says he can hear things in school more easily – for instance, where he sits there are photocopiers on the corridor outside his classroom – before when he heard them he couldn’t stop hearing them and he wouldn’t be able to listen to the teacher and now he can still hear the noise but can recognise that he doesn’t need to listen to it and can continue to hear the teacher. Likewise he says when two classmates at either side of him say something at the same time he can control who he wants to listen to and answer.

He has taken to writing poetry and I was at a recital yesterday where he stood on stage and recited it to us. He reads so much more now and even has an opinion on what books and authors he likes. His sport has improved – he says it is easier to play now as he can differentiate who is calling to pass the ball!

I have seen a dramatic change in Ben and how he responds to us at home – he will hear you when you call him, He is far more aware of what is going on around him and I don’t have to keep calling him to get a response like I did before. Insofar as completing tasks he is now far more switched on – he won’t always get the three or four thing I may ask him to, but very often he does … go Ben !!!!

I have learnt from this too – how to slow down a little when I speak and not to expect too much and I think that helps a lot too.

Natalie, June 2014

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