Testimonials

  • Ciaran, age 17 – Attention Difficulties

    Ciaran, age 17 – Attention Difficulties

    “… he is much more focused, better organised and more easily able to concentrate both in class and at home. He has matured significantly and we are sure that the Cluas program has contributed …”

    Ciaran and his parents came to Cluas in Dublin in November 2012 for an Assessment and within a few weeks Ciaran started a Cluas @ Home program. 

    We embarked on the Cluas program in an effort to help Ciaran settle better into the classroom environment in preparation for his Leaving Certificate. Since he started in 5th year we have found that he is much more focused, better organised and more easily able to concentrate both in class and at home.  He has matured significantly and we are sure that the Cluas program has contributed, coinciding with his Transition Year experience and his own personal development.    

    Una, November 2013 – Dublin 

  • Anna, age 11 – Attention Difficulties 

    Anna, age 11 – Attention Difficulties 

    “… Concentrating better in class and her general confidence levels have increased … Enjoying school more generally…”

    • Feed back from teacher is that she is concentrating better in class now.  
    • Her general confidence levels have increased both in school and outside. 
    • She has more interest in school generally and is enjoying it more. 

    Eileen, December 2013 – Co. Wicklow 

  • Frank, age 11 – Attention Difficulties & Behaviour problems 

    Frank, age 11 – Attention Difficulties & Behaviour problems 

    “…His behaviour and attention has improved greatly … he is a lot happier in school and is becoming more confident … His relationship with his siblings is better and he also communicates more with myself and his father. “

    Initially Frank attended Cluas regarding his behaviour and attention span. He lacked concentration in all areas, was not able to follow instructions and suffered from aggression. 

    He has improved greatly in all of the above, with the exception of the odd outburst. His relationship with his siblings is better and he also communicates more with myself and his father. 

    He has started to mature a little and seems to ask lots of questions. He is a lot happier in school and is becoming more confident. 

    The most difficult time was probably the few days after each stage was completed. 

    Mary and Alan, December 2013 – Co. Down 

  • Robert, age 10 – Auditory Processing Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

    Robert, age 10 – Auditory Processing Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

    “… Since the Cluas program, my son has changed in his ability to communicate, listen and interact with his peers and adults. This has greatly reduced his stress levels and melt downs… He even goes on play-dates now!“

    Since the Cluas program, my son has changed in his ability to communicate, listen and interact with his peers and adults. This has greatly reduced his stress levels – which was the main reason for doing the Cluas program. 

    His time in school has gone from a stressful one with “melt downs”, toiletry issues, lack of friends and “zoning out” to one where he now has friends, can interact in class and has lost the stress that showed before. He doesn’t walk on his toes as much, he willingly approaches visiting adults to talk. He has stopped bed wetting totally which use to occur during term time, another example of his stresses at school. He even goes on play-dates now! 

    The most difficult time of the program was the start as we had to try and incorporate it into our busy day and to find things to do that were of interest. Once we got into a routine, it was easier. 

    Cathy and John, January 2014 – Cork 

  • Jack, age 6 – Auditory & Sensory Processing Difficulties

    Jack, age 6 – Auditory & Sensory Processing Difficulties

    “…Our concern was his listening skills and sensitivity to noises…I came across a condition called auditory processing disorder which can be caused by severe ear infections .. We started the Cluas program and the changes in Jack have been hugely positive…”

    Our concern about Jack was his listening skills. I noticed that he just didn’t seem to follow commands and even when I spoke to him face to face it didn’t seem to register. School had noticed an issue with his listening skills also but found that once something was fully explained to him he could do it. 

    Jack was also afraid of loud noises, like hand dryers in toilets and the lawnmower: he used to say his ears hurt and he had mentioned that school was very noisy and he couldn’t hear the teacher. 

    So I did my own research and came across a condition called auditory processing disorder which can be caused by severe ear infections which Jack had as a baby. So we decided to give Cluas a call and make an appointment, which was the best call we ever made. 

    The changes in Jack have been huge, from the teachers at school noticing his listening skills are much better, engaging with his peers and forming friendships – asking his friends to come back for playdates without telling me sometimes! and most wonderful of all was the change at home – seeing his sense of humour developing, interacting and taking charge in games, more self esteem and much more confident in himself, he’s not as tired and has more zest for life. 

    I found the most difficult time during the program was keeping him on track towards the end. It was getting harder and harder to get him to engage but by and large the changes in Jack far out weighted a few tears because he didn’t want to do his magic music!! 

    Jennifer, February 2014 – Co. Meath 

  • Paul, age 6 – Attention Difficulties & Auditory Processing Difficulties

    Paul, age 6 – Attention Difficulties & Auditory Processing Difficulties

    “…My son had difficulties with listening and attention and since we started the Cluas programme the changes in his behaviour have been positive. He understands what is being explained to him and he can explain his feelings much better now …”

    Since beginning the Cluas program, I have noticed a significant change in my son’s behaviour. Before, when he would not get his own way, he would throw a prolonged tantrum. Also, the home was quite tense, wondering what would trigger the next shouting event. 

    Now, my son is listening well, understanding what is being explained to him, and is also making great progress with many other aspects of his development – including in class at school, interacting with his peers, understanding better how he feels the way he feels sometimes. 

    Kevin, April 2014 – Dublin 

  • Donal, age 17 – Attention Difficulties, concentration and related school difficulties. 

    Donal, age 17 – Attention Difficulties, concentration and related school difficulties. 

    “…The care, support and attention we as a family received was fantastic…Throughout the program things have gone from strength to strength for Donal, school life has completely changed for the good, his confidence has grown and overall he is much more content…”

    Prior to starting the Cluas program, Donal was extremely frustrated, almost agitated, in school as he had plenty ability but was not able to apply it and it was a struggle for all of us as a family seeing him so unhappy. His concentration in class was poor thus leading to him having difficulties with teachers. Home/family life was fine.

    The Cluas program was suggested to us by a friend and we have not looked back. Within a couple of weeks Donal was much happier and started to settle in school. Most of the teachers were on board but we had to fight his corner as they knew very little about the Claus program. Throughout the program things have gone from strength to strength for Donal, school life has completely changed for the good, his confidence has grown and overall he is much more content.

    The care, support and attention we as a family received was fantastic. We are at the end of the program and we are aware that the support if needed will always be there for us. Wonderful program with wonderful people, so glad we found it for Donal. Many thanks.

    Sally, May 2014 – Co. Kildare 

  • Ben, age 11 – Attention Difficulties, Auditory & Sensory Processing Difficulties 

    Ben, age 11 – Attention Difficulties, Auditory & Sensory Processing Difficulties 

    “…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…now he can much better filter the ‘noise’ and concentrate on tasks…”

    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 – Dublin 

  • Lee, age 3.5 – Speech & Language Difficulties, Auditory Processing Difficulties 

    Lee, age 3.5 – Speech & Language Difficulties, Auditory Processing Difficulties 

    “…The HSE had stopped his speech therapy and occupational therapy as he was getting so frustrated with it… Since Cluas he is a different child. His understanding has greatly improved and he has a lot more words than before…he seems to be able and ready for speech therapy now…”

    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. 

    Cindy, October 2014 – Dublin