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Our Services

The Rainbow Club works with over 610 children, and our therapists offer a range of services to support these young people.

Our Support Services

The rainbow club now provides the following supports to Families:

  • Adapted Sports
  • Messy Play
  • Lego Club
  • Drama Group
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Gamer Café
  • Sibling Workshop
  • Cottage Community Cafe
  • Wellbeing and life development
  • One to One mentorship & life coaching
  • Play Therapy
  • Therapies in Speech & Language
  • Art Therapy
  • Young adult opportunities
  • Parent Counselling
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Parent Plus Training
  • Student & TY Placements
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • One to One Regulation – Fundamental movement

Social Groups – Our Social Skills Groups are our most popular program here at The Rainbow Club. These groups run on a weekly basis and aim to support children with ASD to develop their social skills in areas such as friendship-making, turn-taking, following instruction, self-expression through games/art, etc. Children are placed into age-friendly groups where they can get to know one another in an adaptive and safe environment that is designed to regulate and keep children calm. Parents are kept informed on their children’s progress and accomplishments via the child path’s application. Children may attend more than one Social Group hour per week.

The Teen Hub – Our Teen Social Groups are adapted to specifically meet the challenges that come with puberty and adolescence. Each group is set to cater to the needs of the group and aims to help build confidence and set up strong foundations for long-lasting friendships between individuals who are facing remarkably similar situations. These groups also allow individuals to grow and express themselves in a safe and kind environment with people they know and trust.

Life Skills and Mentorship – The Life Skills and Mentorship programme offers a holistic approach, adapted to the specific needs of the individual in a safe and confidential environment. This support focuses highly on coping mechanisms around areas such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harming, suicidal thoughts, sexual orientation, puberty, bullying, school refusals, etc. Individuals availing of this support learn about positive life choices and decision-making, promoting positive mental and emotional wellbeing.

Adapted Sports Programme – During their sports sessions here in Rainbow Club, children will complete various obstacle courses, which help support and strengthen the child’s coordination and balance. Children play games such as ‘cross the river’ and ‘catch’, this heightens the child’s stimulation which can improve focus and concentration levels. Regular exercise improves routine and is greatly beneficial to the overall physical and mental wellbeing of the child. While at sports, children work towards developing key communication skills, such as instruction following and turn-taking. Our Sports team is highly committed to aiding children and families to have a positive outlook towards exercising and being part of a team.

Parent Supports – The Rainbow Club offers a wide range of supports for parents. Parents are given access to courses on a wide range of topics such as Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. Parents are provided with increased access to information and knowledge on support for their children. We also provide parents with an online peer group which increases a sense of belonging and reduces isolation.

Support Network and Resources for Siblings- Our sibling workshops provide support for siblings of those with Autism. Children enter Sibling Support in an 8-week workshop where they are given the tools to deal with common emotions, they may feel such as anger, stress, and grief. They are also taught key communication skills to help them better understand their siblings. On completion of the first 8 weeks; children have the option to continue and opt into various activities catered to them such as Social Groups and Arts and Crafts.

Speech and Language Therapy- Professional Speech and Language Therapy services help people with speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing difficulties. Our Senior Speech & Language Therapist, Jennifer Nolan has a BSc (Hons) degree in Speech and Language Therapy and has been working in the area of SLT for almost 8 years.

Art Therapy – Art therapy is an allied mental health profession. It promotes communication, emotional growth, and sensory integration. Art Therapy can be used to treat anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, sensory processing difficulties, and much more. Our Art Therapist, Caroline Murphy holds a master’s in art therapy and has gained extensive experience working with both adults and children.

Counselling – We offer counselling services to parents and adults over the age of 18. Our student counsellor Sharon O Brien is on placement here, completing her final hours to achieving her BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sharon follows all guidelines set out by PCI ensuring the strictest of confidence, respect, and privacy of every person she engages with.

Yoga & Mindfulness – Our Yoga & Mindfulness program encourages and supports children with ASD in emotional and physical regulation. While practicing Yoga and Mindfulness, children are encouraged to release tension and hyper emotions through a variety of different stretches and breathing exercises. During these sessions, the child’s strength and flexibility are improved, boosting self-esteem and body awareness. Our Yoga & Mindfulness program has now expanded to our staff.

Music – Our Music Program focuses on teaching children with ASD to enjoy music. This involves learning to move to music and learning the ability to increase a tolerance to sound. Older children can experiment with rhythm and learn to use different instruments. A key goal in our music groups is to allow children to explore different genres of music and how certain music may help regulate them.

Gamer Café – Gamer Café is a safe and fun environment set up to encourage children to engage in a variety of activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM). Participants study a variety of different fields such as programming techniques, game development, and robot creation. A key aim within the Gamer Café is to provide key foundations for possible job opportunities, for participants with a key interest in technology, down the line.

Drama Workshop – We offer a variety of different techniques in our drama workshops to help fuel and encourage day-to-day concepts with children such as patience and how to identify and follow instructions while having fun. Children play a variety of different games such as ‘Simon says’ and ‘Musical Statues’ while also focusing on key activities such as role-playing, this in turn aids children to cope better with the anxiety that may come with certain social interactions.

Messy Play – While attending a messy play, children explore a range of sensory-friendly materials such as playdough, sand, gloop, and foam to help regulate and stimulate them in a positive way.

Lego Workshop – Our Lego workshop puts a key emphasis on the creativity of the child with the use of Lego. This workshop is Autism Adaptive and delivered to three different age groups (under 5’s, 6-8, and 10+ yrs.). Each week, every group is given a set theme and is tasked to use their creativity to make a Lego piece based on said theme. Each theme is chosen by the children themselves, helping cater to the child leadership approach here in Rainbow Club.

Arts and Crafts Workshop- Our Autism Adapted Arts and Crafts Workshops are designed to cater to three different age groups (under 5’s, 6-8, and 10+ yrs.). In Ars and Crafts, children are faced with different activities to help build up a range of skills. Said activities include cutting & gluing, painting, drawing, seasonal crafts, and sensory activities. This Workshop aims to help children express themselves through art which in favour can increase emotional regulation and reduce stress in a supportive environment.

Café- The Cottage Community Café is our own site Café and is seen by many as a place of relaxation and somewhere for families to catch up with one another. Our Café serves as a training space for our Teens and Adults to get key life and work experience and build confidence in social situations, Our onsite baker, Sean Mahony, set up his own business ‘The Autistic Baker’, providing customers with a range of different handmade baked good such as bread and sponge cakes.

Wellbeing, Life & Mentorship Program

1-1 Regulation

Strategies to build core strength and release stress and anxiety (Children & Teens)

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute 1-1 sessions. This Regulation program promotes control and allows children and teens to manage their responses and emotions when confronted with situations that trigger stress, anxiety, frustration, or anger. 

These core regulations exercises involve using all the body muscles from the waist up. This also builds the Body Core and Upper Body Muscles. These sessions will also help them learn how to self-regulate and apply this knowledge in their Daily Lives. We will include proprioceptive and Vestibular work. 

Group Regulation

Strategies to build core strength and release stress and anxiety (Children & Teens)

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute group sessions. (3 Participants) This Regulation program promotes control and allows children and teens to manage their responses and emotions when confronted with situations that trigger stress, anxiety, frustration, or anger. 

These core regulations exercises involve using all the body muscles from the waist up. This also builds the Body Core and Upper Body Muscles. These sessions will also help them learn how to self-regulate and apply this knowledge in their Daily Lives. We will include proprioceptive and Vestibular work.

Group Adult Fitness and Nutritional Program  

The Fitness & Nutritional Programs provide adults with the adequate knowledge to adapt to a healthier lifestyle. The aim of this program is to provide you with a safe and comfortable space to learn about various types of fitness training and adapt whatever you enjoy most into your daily life. This might include weights training, running, circuit training, yoga, or even walking.

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute group sessions and will include nutritional guidance and education. You will learn that you don’t have to cut out your favorite foods, treats, and beverages and go on these horrible and unenjoyable ‘diets’ that will only last a week.

1-1 Personal Training and Nutritional Program  

The Fitness & Nutritional Programs provide adequate knowledge to adapt to a healthier lifestyle. The aim of this program is to provide you with a safe and comfortable space to learn about various types of fitness training and adapt whatever you enjoy most into your daily life. This might include weights training, running, circuit training, yoga, or even walking.

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute 1-1 sessions and will include nutritional guidance and education. You will learn that you don’t have to cut out your favorite foods, treats, and beverages and go on these horrible and unenjoyable ‘diets’ that will only last a week.

1-1 Children & Teen Fitness and Nutritional Program  

The Fitness & Nutritional Wellness Program provides children & Teens with adequate knowledge to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. This will improve their overall health, both Physically and Mentally whilst developing Self-Confidence. 

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute 1-1 sessions. This program will benefit children and teens from the ages of 10-onwards. People with Autism are more likely to encounter mental health issues growing up, including Anxiety, Depression, and Eating Disorders. A study found that seven out of ten people with Autism also have a condition such as AnxietyDepressionADHD, or OCD (youngminds.org). 

The aim of this program is to provide teens and young adults with a safe space to learn about various types of fitness Training and adapt whatever they enjoy most into their daily life. This might include weights training, team/individual Sports, Running, circuit training, or even walking. 

The program will also include nutritional guidance and education. The teens and young adults will be educated on both macro and micronutrients, and how each of these plays an important role in keeping us healthy. They will learn that they don’t have to cut out their favorite foods and treats and go on these horrible and unenjoyable ‘Diets’ that will only last a week. It’s all about enjoying the process of becoming healthier and being able to enjoy and adhere to both the training and nutritional plans. 

As lots of people with Autism have aversions to certain tastes, smells, and textures, a significant part of the program will focus on finding foods that each individual likes and how these can be incorporated into their day-to-day life. The café will be used to demonstrate some cooking skills and techniques. This will provide the teens and young adults with vital life skills by learning to cook and prepare their own nutritious meals, as well as giving them a strong sense of independence.

Group Children & Teen Fitness and Nutritional Program  

The Fitness & Nutritional Wellness Program provides Teens and Young adults with adequate knowledge to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. This will improve their overall health, both Physically and Mentally whilst developing Self-Confidence. 

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute group sessions. This program will benefit children and teens from the ages of 10-onwards. People with Autism are more likely to encounter mental health issues growing up, including Anxiety, Depression, and Eating Disorders. A study found that seven out of ten people with Autism also have a condition such as AnxietyDepressionADHD, or OCD (youngminds.org). 

The aim of this program is to provide teens and young adults with a safe space to learn about various types of fitness Training and adapt whatever they enjoy most into their daily life. This might include weights training, team/individual Sports, Running, circuit training, or even walking. 

The program will also include nutritional guidance and education. The teens and young adults will be educated on both macro and micronutrients, and how each of these plays an important role in keeping us healthy. They will learn that they don’t have to cut out their favorite foods and treats and go on these horrible and unenjoyable ‘Diets’ that will only last a week. It’s all about enjoying the process of becoming healthier and being able to enjoy and adhere to both the training and nutritional plans. 

As lots of people with Autism have aversions to certain tastes, smells, and textures, a significant part of the program will focus on finding foods that each individual likes and how these can be incorporated into their day-to-day life. The café will be used to demonstrate some cooking skills and techniques. This will provide the teens and young adults with vital life skills by learning to cook and prepare their own nutritious meals, as well as giving them a strong sense of independence.

1-1 Teen & Young-adult Life Skills & Mentoring Program  

This program has gone from strength to strength and is adaptive to everyone’s needs over the past year and has now become a vital part of our Services Here at Rainbow Club.

This is a 6 Week Program of 40-minute 1-1 sessions. The Focus of the program is on building trust with the mentor, allowing them to feel accepted and safe, giving them an opportunity to talk about issues they encounter. 

Through this support, we can also identify the abilities, hobbies, and interests the individual has and support them towards appropriate projects within the Club.