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Our Services

The Rainbow Club works with over 420 children in 2020, and our therapists offer a range of services to support these young people.

Speech & Language Therapy

Professional Speech and Language therapists assess, diagnose and treat people with communication difficulties in a wide variety of settings including health centres, hospitals and schools. Therapy services help people with speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing difficulties. A Speech and Language therapist comes to the club to help families in need of support. This therapy is at a cost to the parents but The Rainbow Club subsidises a portion of that cost for the family. This is an expensive treatment privately so this reiterates the importance of us having this support here for families at Rainbow club.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the use of particular activities as an aid to recuperation from physical or mental illness. The Occupational Therapist that comes to the club each week works with a younger group of up to 5 children and gives feedback to the parent of each child. She also sees children on a one to one basis. Again this service is a cost to the parents with the club subsidising a portion of that cost. Right now there are 26 children getting support weekly as part of a 6 week programme.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a commonly used form of treatment for autism, as it helps mitigate symptom, while channeling autistic behaviours into a creative outlet. It promotes communication, emotional growth and sensory integration while also fostering social interaction in a fun setting.

Play Therapy / Sensory Play

PlayPlay Therapy provides a safe way for children to experiment and explore new experiences and emotions. They learn to regulate through difficult experiences, at first with support and then on their own. Sensory play sets the foundation for communication (through rhythm based and interactive play), social skills and social play, regulation and managing anxiety, empathy, theory of mind and flexibility.

Our Therapists

  • Jennifer Nolan – BSc (Hons) SLT, MIASLT , CORU
  • Aileen O’Brien- BA(Hons), Speech & Language Therapy, CORU, IASLT
  • Caroline Murphy – BA,MA,(Ath), IACAT
  • Sharon O’Brien – Counsellor

Get in Touch

We are here to support all children who need our help, get in contact with us at

Jennifer Nolan – Speech and Language Therapist

Jennifer Nolan is our Senior Speech & Language Therapist. She is registered with CORU (SL 009259) and a member of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Speech and Language Therapy from UCC and has been working in the area of SLT almost 8 years. She has been in private practice (including work in Rainbow Club privately) since 2015 and regularly attend CPD courses.

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Aileen O’Brien- Speech and Language Therapist          0861380468

We are delighted to introduce to you all to Aileen O Brien our new Speech & Language Therapist that has taken up the role for Jennifer who is on maternity leave. We wanted to welcome her to our family and look forward to working with her. Aileen has an Amazing Amount of Experience and we are excited to have her work with all our wonderful families. Aileen’s Background and experience speaks for itself and the amazing places she has worked over her 11 years.

Qualifications. Trinity College Dublin, Postgrad Diploma Clinical Speech & Language Studies (Dysphagia)
University College Cork, Batchelor of Science (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy.
Practicing Member of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists.
CORU Registered

Caroline Murphy – Senior Art Therapist

Caroline holds a masters in Art Therapy and a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design. She has gained extensive experience working with both adults and children.

A referral can be made for Art Therapy session for variety of reasons, including: Anxiety, Depression, Personal or family trauma, Emotional difficulties, Behavioural issues, Challenging behaviour, Self-injurious behaviour, Emotional regulation, Sensory or processing difficulties, Suicidal thoughts or suicidal ideation.

Caroline will available for any person in need of support through art therapy and we are delighted to say that the service is also open to the public.

Sharon O’Brien – Counsellor

Student Councillor Sharon O Brien is doing her placement here with us while completing her final hours to achieving BSc in Counselling and Psycotherapy with PCI College. Sharon will be available to meet parents & adults over 18 years here at Rainbow Club. This will be a 1/1 support and available to any parent that needs this support. Sharon has taken part in Covid19 training and will follow all guidelines set out by the club in relation to Covid19. She will follow all protocols set out by PCI insuring the strictest of confidence and respect the privacy of every person she engages with.

Programmes & Supports

At the Rainbow Club, we help the children develop their social skills using a wide range of activities such as:

  • Music groups
  • Social groups
  • Arts & crafts
  • Lego club
  • Sports Clubs -Rainbow Super Stars
  • Teen boy & girl social group
  • Baking – with the ACE team at ENACTUS CIT
  • Parent support
  • Sibling support
  • Sibling Workshops

There are over 57 volunteers who give their time freely to help run the club. All our staff and  volunteers are Garda vetted and some work with or  have children who are on the spectrum.

Volunteers are certified in:

  • LÁMH
  • First Aid
  • Buntús Programme for sports
  • Volunteers with Certificates in Autism Studies from UCC
  • Child first

Wellbeing and Life Development Coaching Programme

Our coach Billy, will mentor, support and guide the child or young adult with challenges that impact their lives, giving them a safe place to be able to work through overwhelming challenges or difficulties they are struggling with.

With so much uncertainty in our world right now children and young adults are struggling to understand their place in it. Everyday things that we take for granted can be difficult for people with autism to navigate. Society and its complexities can be hard to navigate and understand.

This programme aims to provide children and young adults with what they need when they need it. Each person will be encouraged and helped to explore their interests and hobbies. It will also challenge the person to look at their own emotions and try to understand why they feel the way they do. The child or young adult will also be given guidance on how to manage meltdowns in a positive and safe way.

Other goals this programme hopes to achieve;

  • Help build confidence and self esteem in a friend environment.
  • Support and encourage exploring interests.
  • Learn to deal with conflict and difficult situations.
  • Explore each persons understanding of the world around them.
  • Help to understand emotions and how they physically impact us.
  • Encourage children and young adults to talk openly and express themselves.
  • Understand the Rainbow Club is a safe place for them to be.
  • Learn coping strategies to deal with meltdowns or emotional distress.