School Age Services

The School Age Services is a county-based service to children of school going age with an intellectual disability in the Roscommon region. The Department of Education provide the main day service for these children who are attending mainstream national and secondary schools, special classes within these schools and St. Michael’s Special School, Castlerea.

The Brothers of Charity offer support services to these schools and to the families of children with special needs. The Multidisciplinary team work closely with families, schools and the children involved. The School Age Team Consists of:

  • Paediatrician
  • Community Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Outreach Worker
  • Nursing Supports to Schools

What happens when a child is referred?
Initially you will be visited by a member of the School Age Team—in most cases this is the Social Worker attached to the services. The Social Worker will explain what the services can offer you and your child.

At present, the School Age Team consists of a part-time Team Leader, three Outreach Workers who are based in the Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon areas and also a nurse who is currently seconded to the special class of St. Michael’s School, which is situated on the grounds of Cherry House, Roscommon.

The activities which these children partake in is varied and may include some of the following:

  • Outreach Service
  • Out of School Activities, which help to promote social training and personal development, e.g. community groups in the child’s local area.
  • Individual Programmes designed to suit the particular needs of the child, e.g. job-coaching, access to local facilities, etc.
  • Summer Camps are a variety of projects run over the months of June and July, providing residential and on-site activities where the children have the opportunity to develop friendships over the camps. These camps are run with the aid of the financial contribution of the Roscommon Association. Volunteers from local schools and family members are also encouraged to become involved in these activities.
  • Social Skills Groups are run during the year where resources permit.

Further Information
Jackie Cunniffe
School Age Team Leader
Brothers of Charity Roscommon Services
Lanesboro St. Roscommon, Roscommon
Phone: 0906628500
E-mail: jcunniffe@roscommon.brothersof charity.ie

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