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Peadar, age 5 – Sensory Processing Disorder

Sep 17

“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 sou...

“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.

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Owen, age 12 – Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration

Jun 17

“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.

“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.

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Cluas review – Brendan age 6. School difficulties and Sensory Processing

Mar 17

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 cra...

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).

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Russel age 14 from Dublin

Feb 17

“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 resea...

“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)

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Soracha – age 16 – Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Difficulties

Jun 16

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 mo...

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

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Tristan – aged 3 – from County Meath – was diagnosed with Autism.

May 16

“… he’s a completely different child… he has speech, to a degree … but considering where he was starting, it’s bordering on miraculous…” 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)  
“… he’s a completely different child… he has speech, to a degree … but considering where he was starting, it’s bordering on miraculous…”

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)

 

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Killian – aged 4 – from Longford, was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome.

May 16

“… after he started with Cluas, we saw a huge difference … within 3 weeks …” Killian had an Assessment at Cluas in Dublin and his mother and father decided that he would complete a Cluas program. He completed an extended Cluas program with an excellent outcome. “Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at three years of age Killian’s parents didn’t know where to turn next to help their child. But after hearing about Cluas from a friend, Robert and his wife decided to contact Cluas ...

“… after he started with Cluas, we saw a huge difference … within 3 weeks …”

Killian had an Assessment at Cluas in Dublin and his mother and father decided that he would complete a Cluas program. He completed an extended Cluas program with an excellent outcome.

“Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at three years of age Killian’s parents didn’t know where to turn next to help their child. But after hearing about Cluas from a friend, Robert and his wife decided to contact Cluas – an Irish organisation who provide programs for children who show signs of development delay.”

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Rian – aged 4 – with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties. Here’s what his mother had to say …

Jun 15

My son, age 4, was non-verbal, showing some characteristics of Autism. He was in his own world, anti-social, and would often get very upset for no apparent reason, spend a lot of his time humming to himself, to name a few. I came across the Cluas.ie website and felt that he needed this to help him. So, after talking to Pascal, my husband and I started the Cluas @ Home without any delay. Within days of the First Session, we noticed big changes in him. The humming was gone. He became more focused ...

My son, age 4, was non-verbal, showing some characteristics of Autism. He was in his own world, anti-social, and would often get very upset for no apparent reason, spend a lot of his time humming to himself, to name a few. I came across the Cluas.ie website and felt that he needed this to help him. So, after talking to Pascal, my husband and I started the Cluas @ Home without any delay.

Within days of the First Session, we noticed big changes in him. The humming was gone. He became more focused and aware of everything happening around him. It is as if he has come out of a dream. He heard us every time we called him. He would respond to us all the time, anywhere we are. He became curious about everything, even at school. Most of all, speech started coming. Initially this was just single words. He was not upset like before because he was expressing himself using his words.

Now he is happier being around his big sister and even playing with her. Interaction has started at school as well. He got a girlfriend (!) recently, which is an amazing thing that we did not believe was going to happen. He is even interacting with other adults in the school. He likes running around and playing catch with everybody in the park. He is listening to his teacher, sharing toys with his friends and even knows most of his friends’ names. He feels more grown up now, and he is even comforting his big sister when she is crying.

The most difficult part was to get him to sit down for 2 long hours with headphones on. When Pascal explained the program to us, we said he is not going to do that for sure. But we were determined to change him. So we changed ourselves first by becoming more firm, deciding to stick to whatever we were telling him to do.

The crying was always breaking our heart but we just kept going. The more he progressed, the more we got the courage to stick to the program. Now, I have my son, who is saying full sentences, wants to go out to play, is always looking for us, and is a happy child around his family, and no longer in his own little world.

Just a message to parents out there, don’t think twice about the program if you want to get your child back. It is a very hard path, but you will eventually get there. Where there is a will, there is always a way

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Lee, age 3 and a half with Speech and Language Difficulties

Oct 14

Lee – aged 3.5 – from Dublin, with Speech and Language Difficulties. Here’s what his mother had to say … “Lee started Cluas in the middle of the summer. Back then he had very limited vocabulary and his understanding was very poor. He was very isolated too, playing by himself and appearing to be in his own little world. He was also very clingy towards me and would not leave my side when we were out, making any sort of day trips or visits to people’s houses’ quite difficult. The HSE ...

Lee – aged 3.5 – from Dublin, with Speech and Language Difficulties. Here’s what his mother had to say …

“Lee started Cluas in the middle of the summer. Back then he had very limited vocabulary and his understanding was very poor. He was very isolated too, playing by himself and appearing to be in his own little world.

He was also very clingy towards me and would not leave my side when we were out, making any sort of day trips or visits to people’s houses’ quite difficult.

The HSE had stopped his speech therapy and occupational therapy as he was getting so frustrated with it as he didn’t understand it – head banging during sessions when pushed beyond his capabilities.

Since Cluas he is a different child. His understanding has greatly improved and he has a lot more words than before. He is even starting to put two word sentences together and seems to be able and ready for speech therapy now.

He is a calmer, happier child and is so much more interactive with us and his friends and cousins. The frustration has stopped and so has the headbanging. The clinginess has also stopped and Lee has even started Montessori 5 mornings a week, something that I did not think was possible 3 months ago.

Cluas has changed our lives and really helped Lee, I would recommend it 100% and thank the team for helping Lee and us as a family”.

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Ben – aged 11 – from Dublin, with concentration and listening difficulties.

Jun 14

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 – ...

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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