The School Age service provides a service to children & young adults from 6-18 years of age who have an intellectual disability in the Roscommon region.
Referrals can be made by parents, or with parental consent by schools, HSE personnel, NEPS & any other agency. All new referrals must be accompanied by an up to date psychological assessment.
Initially you will be visited at home by a Social Worker or a member of the School Age team. The services will be explained & an application for services is completed depending on your child’s identified needs.
What services are available?
- School based programmes for children
- Social & recreational activities – outreach
- In-home supports
- Nursing supports
- Support to attend local summer camps
- Sibling groups
- Individual programmes
- Transition support – work experience, job sampling
- Training for families & schools
- Family Support – home sharing, in home support, respite & family support workers
The School Age team comprises of:
- School Age Nurse
- Behaviour support therapists
- Speech & Language Therapist
- Social Worker
- Occupational Therapist
- Outreach Workers
- Family Support workers
- Residential Support workers
- School Age Co-ordinator
Model of Service
Supports are determined by the specific needs identified in relation to the child & their family taking into account that these needs change on an ongoing basis.
The Department of Education & Skills provides the main day service for all children with support services given by the School Age service.
At present over 80% of children & young adults registered with the School Age service attend their local mainstream school. In some cases there are special classes/units attached to some schools.
There are currently 5 special schools that children & young adults in the Roscommon region attend – St. Michael’s – Castlerea, St.Christopher’s -Longford, St. Theresa’s – Ballinasloe, St.Hilda’s – Athlone & St.Bridget’s – Mullingar.
Transport to these schools are in line with strict criteria detailed by the Department of Education & Skills.
The School Age Service is involved with the child & family until the young adult leaves full time education which in some case is after 18 years of age.
For further information, please contact Jackie Cunniffe, School Age Co-ordinator at (090) 6628500