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Galway Children's Services

The children’s service in Galway offers a range of services to children between 0 – 18 years. For adults, we provide personal assistants, transport, Assistive Technology and social work support services. 

Address: 

Seamus Quirke Road,

Newcastle,

Co. Galway.

Telephone: 
091 545800

Young children with therapists in hydrotherapy pool

The children’s service in Galway offers a variety of programmes to children within the age range of 0 – 18 years. We offer assessment, intervention, review, consultation and family supports to children who meet the access to service criteria. Over the years we extended the service outwards to provide community based activities such as horse riding, swimming, social, educational and field based sports, and we have a Hydrotherapy pool on site.  

Who is eligible for services?

The Spring Time Early Intervention Services - Children from birth to 5 years and 11 months of age, who have complex needs. Children who have complex needs are defined as children who present with significant physical, sensory, intellectual or developmental delay who require team based intervention including therapeutic inputs from a minimum of two of the following disciplines, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy or Psychology, over the duration of at least 12 months

Rainbow Preschool - Children within the age range of 3 to 6 years who have a diagnosed neurological physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or Spina Bifida or have a diagnosed chronic orthopaedic condition such as Brittle Bone, Juvenile Arthritis or have a significant physical disability without a confirmed diagnosis. Also, children with epilepsy, speech and language delay or a developmental delay without an intellectual disability can avail of the preschool service .

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) service - For Children 5 years to 12 years who meet the access criteria of Enable Ireland DCD service. The Children who can access the DCD service do not have an intellectual disability as defined by the current DSM criteria.

School age Services for children and young adults 6 to 18 years (or until they are 19, if still attending school) - Children 6-18 years who have a diagnosed neurological physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or Spina Bifida or have a diagnosed chronic orthopaedic condition such as Brittle Bone, Juvenile Arthritis or have a significant physical disability without a confirmed diagnosis. They require a team based intervention from more than one discipline and the child's assessed needs can be met by Enable Ireland Galway Children's Services.

Assessment of Need - Any child born after June 1st 2002 is eligible to apply for an assessment under the Disability Act 2005 regardless of their age at the time of application. An assessment of need is an assessment of the full range of your child's needs associated with his or her disability.  After this, you will receive an Assessment Report detailing your child's needs and the services required to meet those needs. Children may be referred by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for an Assessment of Need (AON) and review of the AON.

Children’s PA/family support services - The PA/ family support service is available to children with a physical and sensory disability. The child should present with an identified need for support in social, educational and /or activities of daily living at home or the community. The service is based on assessed need and available resources and is reviewed annually

Children who require Assistive Technology service - Assistive technology service is available for children with a physical and sensory disability. The child should present with an identified need for support with accessing high tech assistive technology to support their function in daily activities. They must also have a primary physical and/or sensory disability between the ages of 0 to 65 years.

How do I get a referral?

All children and adults must reside in Galway city or county.

Children 0 - 6 years - Referrals to the Springtime Early Intervention service can be made by any of the following if accompanied by reports indicating that a child has complex needs: HSE Primary Care Team, GP, PHN. Assessment of Need (AON) Officer, Health Professionals in acute hospitals, Early Intervention teams.

Rainbow preschool - Referrals are made through the Early intervention service, Primary care teams Paediatricians, individual therapies or Psychologists.

Children 6 - 18 years (or until they are 19, if still attending school) - Referrals will be accepted from the following professionals: Paediatrician, G. P., Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech & Language Therapist or the Early Intervention Service Keyworker. The accompanying reports should indicate that a child has a diagnosed neurological physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or Spina Bifida or have a diagnosed chronic orthopaedic condition such as Brittle Bone or Juvenile Arthritis. Children may also present with a significant physical disability without a confirmed diagnosis and require a team based intervention the referral form should be completed by the referrer and guardian together.

DCD service - Children being referred should be within the age range of 5 to 12 years. Referrals will be accepted from the following professionals: Paediatrician, G. P., Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech &Language Therapist or the Early Intervention Service Keyworker. Children must meet the access criteria for the service. For more information, or to request a referral form, please contact a member of the DCD service at (091) 545 800.

PA and Family support service - Referrals can be made by HSE PCCC case manager, early intervention services, school age services, self-referral, Social work or Psychology by completing the referral form. For more information, or to request a referral form, please contact the PA coordinator at (091) 545 800.

Assistive Technology Service (AT) for Children and Adults  - The A.T. Service currently operates an open referral system. For adults, this allows for individuals who meet the service entry criteria to self-refer or for others to refer on their behalf (with their consent). For children, the open referral system allows parents, teachers, therapists, medical professionals and others to complete and submit a referral with parental/guardian consent on behalf of a child.  For more information, or to request a referral form, please contact a member of the Assistive Technology team at (091) 545 800.

Assessment of Need under the Disability Act 2005 - Any parent who feels that their child (born after 1st June 2002) may have a disability can apply for an assessment.  An application can also be made by a legal guardian.  There is a provision under the Disability Act, 2005, for a personal advocate to be assigned by the Citizens Information Board (for more information call 0761 07 9000 or visit citizensinformation.ie

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