About the School Age Services

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:

  • Paediatrician
  • School Age Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Behaviour support therapists
  • Speech & Language Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • 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.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Jackie Cunniffe, School Age Co-ordinator at (090) 6628500

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