Peadar, age 5 – Sensory Processing Disorder
“Peadar was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at 3 years old. He would get distressed in noisy environments, becoming hyper or even noisier himself and he always talked at the top of his voice in supermarkets, cafés, playgrounds etc. I was concerned about how he would cope in school, both in the classroom and noisy yard.
Cluas was recommended to me and he did their assessment at 4 ½ years old. It showed his hypersensitivity to noise and his inability to filter background sounds effectively. The moment Peadar started the therapy, he showed improvements in balance, ability to focus on play without seeking feedback from me, reduced sensitivity to touching textures he didn’t like (e.g. certain foods and water), and was more patient with his noisy little brother. Some days, the music overstimulated him but I was able to contact Cluas at any time and they always responded immediately with advice and solutions that best helped Peadar to cope and continue. This individual attention was replicated in the response to the continuing assessments, where Peadar’s specific needs were reflected in the tailoring and tweaking of the programme to help him progress.
Over the course of the Cluas programme, friends and relatives have commented on how much more socially engaged Peadar is, holding two-way conversations and reacting calmer and more naturally with other children in noisy places. The big test came on the first day of school with nearly 400 kids and their parents filling the concrete walled yard with incredible noise. Peadar never covered his ears, never cried, and didn’t shout! He spotted his friends and went over to play with them, showing no signs of distress from the noise. Amazing. He now comes home from school full of chat about what he learnt, so I know he is filtering sound and listening to his teacher.
Peadar required a number of extra therapy stages before showing a lasting effect but they have been worth it. After the final stage, he even stopped talking at the top of his voice! Without the Cluas staff’s personal concern and experience, I don’t think he would have progressed as far as he has. Peadar may never filter sound as effectively as the average person but he can now tolerate, cope and live with it in a way that has improved his and our family’s quality of life – thanks to the Cluas staff and their listening programme.”
Laura, Peadar’s Mother – Dublin.
Owen, age 12 – Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration
“Owen is a 12 year old boy with gross motor dyspraxia and sensory integration dysfunction. Before the programme he had difficulty sleeping, concentrating for long periods and bi lateral coordination. Following the Cluas programme he is sleeping better and achieving more of his potential at school. He is generally calmer and happier. I would strongly recommend this programme.”
Patricia, Owen’s mother – Dublin.
Cluas review – Brendan age 6. School difficulties and Sensory Processing
Once Brendan started school it became apparent that all was not right. He was lost in his school work and had no confidence. He was a very cross little boy. He was diagnosed with a SPD and the Cluas program was recommended to us by the OT.
We were willing to try anything to help Brendan.
He is now finished the program and we are thrilled with the results. Our happy little boy is back. His school work has hugely improved, everyone who knows him has commented on the positive changed in him.
He craves knowledge and loves to show you what he knows. His tantrums are gone or at least are normal for a six year old.
It certainly was a challenge for Brendan going through the program but we kept pit positive for him and bribed him as needed to get it done!
He himself can see the changes. He now loves school and his teacher is delighted with him and with how much he has improved.
Thank you Pascal and Ronan for running this wonderful program.
Claire (Brendan’s mother).
Russel age 14 from Dublin
“We took our 14 year son, who is dyslexic, to Cluas in August 2016.
During the previous 6 months we had a number of discussions with his school in which it was brought to our attention that our son had serious problems concentrating in class. Additionally, we were told that he was disrupting the class because he was also distracting some of his fellow pupils.
We were looking for a solution and discovered Cluas on the internet. At first we were a bit sceptical but as we did additional research and read more about the approach we became more comfortable with the program and decided to give it a try.
Once our son got used to wearing the headphones for 2 hours at a time the program went very smoothly.
The results have been very positive. At our most recent meetings with his teachers 50% of them, without our prompting, commented on our son’s improved concentration and ability to listen in class. The others, when asked, gave us similar feedback. We asked all of his teachers if he was still distracting the other pupils – we got an emphatic ‘no’ to the question. In fact we got no negative feedback from any of his teachers.
Many thanks to Pascal and Ronan.”
Robert (Russel’s Dad)
Soracha – age 16 – Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Difficulties
Soracha had major difficulty starting in fifth year in school and was refusing to go to School. Soracha started the Cluas programme in November ‘15. She got sick during the course and Ronan and Pascal had great patience with her and gave extra time for the programme.
Soracha has changed school but we have noticed improvement in her self-esteem. She acknowledges how well she can concentrate now and is reading novels. She will do her school work without nagging and seems to enjoy it more.
At the start she was not too happy with the ear phones for a whole two hours but as she noticed the improvement she did not mind the second and third part of the programme.
I would recommend this programme to any young person with dyspraxia.
Siobhan (Soracha’s mother), April ’16
Tristan – aged 3 – from County Meath – was diagnosed with Autism.
Derek Mooney is joined in the studio by Eddie, father of 3 year old Tristan who was diagnosed with Autism and has completed an extended Cluas program, with very good results.
(Broadcast on RTE Radio 1)