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    Descriptive info: .. Home.. Services.. 1:1.. Preschool.. Staff.. Full Time.. Consultants.. Job Opportunities.. Information.. Speech Language Delay.. Applied Behaviour Analysis.. Autism.. Gallery.. News.. FAQ.. Contact us.. How to Find Us.. Links.. Welcome to PALS.. PALS (Play and Language Support) Preschool opened in September 2008 and is a registered charity (charity number 18369).. PALS providesearly intervention programs for children with speech and language delay or disorder and/or diagnosed disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD) and Down Syndrome.. The school runs 5 days a week from September through to July and we enrol children between the ages of 2 ½ to 6 years.. PALS use an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) approach to teaching in both the preschool classroom and the 1:1 classroom.. At PALS we believe:.. That our individual education  ...   their children and can make a major contribution to the success of their child’s school experience.. That children should be enabled to live as independently as possible.. That they should be encouraged to make decisions and communicate independently.. PALS encourages a child centered, multidisciplinary environment, and works closely with each family at every step of the child’s education.. We welcome input from other professionals ensuring consistency and a comprehensive service to the child and their family.. PALS currently engage a consultant Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), Claire Killian, B.. A.. Remedial Linguistics, Post Grad Diploma (children with language impairment), Hanen trainer, PECS, LÁMH and Dysphagia trained, and a consultant Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), Triona Tammemagi, M.. (Cog.. Sc), BCBA.. Copyright © 2011.. All Rights Reserved.. Designed by.. Web Design Ireland..

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  • Title: 1:1
    Descriptive info: PALS Preschool provides a 1:1 service to children in conjunction with the preschool session which increases the child’s school day from 9.. 00am – 2.. 45pm, with one half of the day spent in the group preschool classroom and the other half in the 1:1 setting.. Pupils in this classroom are assessed to determine current strengths and abilities and to identify which developmental  ...   P) is devised.. Parental input is greatly encouraged as it ensures consistency for the child across both the school and home settings Progress reports and reviews are scheduled at intervals throughout the year and are made available to parents.. Teaching methods vary for each individual and all aspects of the child’s programme are over seen by Triona, our consultant Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)..

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  • Title: Preschool
    Descriptive info: Our preschool service offers the choice of two sessions in the day: 9am to 11.. 30am or 12.. 15pm to 2.. 45pm running 5 days a week from September through to July.. The preschool setting offers a structured approach to language learning.. All aspects of the children’s day are accounted for in a routine that includes circle time, small group sessions (3-4 children), snack, story time, and play development.. Our sessions last 2 and a half hours and are designed to provide a  ...   and story time.. Our Speech and Language Therapist, Claire monitors and guides the language goals that the teachers present to the children.. Each child is evaluated by Claire and based on this evaluation an individual speech and language programme will be devised.. Recommendations and activities provided in the programme are then incorporated into the daily group and individual sessions for the child.. Claire visits the school twice monthly and is available to assist with children’s programs, providing advice and support to staff and parents..

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  • Title: Full Time Staff
    Descriptive info: Full Time Staff.. School Manager: Dr.. Susan Cagney.. Susie has been working with children with special needs for four years.. Since graduating with a B.. in Psychology in 2007, she has worked in a number of settings as both a tutor and behaviour analyst including residential and second level schools.. However, her experience is predominantly in the field of pre-school teaching.. She has recently completed a Doctorate in Psychological Science specialising in behaviour analysis and therapies at NUI Maynooth and will be sitting exams during the year to become a recognised Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).. She is responsible for any administrative issues within the school and teaches in the 1:1 classroom.. Susie has completed a two day PECS training course and has a level 1 LÀMH sign language qualification.. You can contact her outside of school hours on 086-4002156.. Tutor: Monika Ciemniewska.. Monika graduated in Poland with an MA in Psychology, specialising in clinical psychology.. She has been working with children with  ...   Psychology and also an MSc in Marketing.. Jenny has recently taken over the marketing of PALS.. If you feel you could help with this matter in any way she would be more than happy to hear from you.. You can email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Preschool Teacher: Jamie Kennedy.. Jamie joined PALS in July 2011 and is a teaching graduate from St.. Mary’s University College, Belfast.. She specialised in Early Years and is currently undertaking her M.. in Applied Behaviour Analysis.. She has been working with children with Autism for 3 years and is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland as a qualified primary level teacher.. Jamie also has a level 1 LÀMH sign language qualification.. Preschool Teacher: Amanda Doherty.. Amanda joined PALS in November 2011 and holds a B.. in Psychology.. During her degree, Amanda focused particularly on Applied Behaviour Analysis.. Amanda works with Jamie in the Preschool classroom..

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  • Title: Consulting Staff
    Descriptive info: Consulting Staff.. Triona Tammemagi, MA (Cog Sc) BCBA : Director Consultant Behaviour Analyst:.. Triona has been our behaviour analyst since PALS was established in 2008.. She has 15 years experience in behavioural services including residential and educational settings.. After completing a master’s degree in Cognitive Science at UCD, Triona moved to the States.. After spending a year at Sunbridge rehabilitation hospital, Triona joined Vinfen Corp.. , a leading agency serving adults with intellectual disability in Massachusetts.. In 2004, Triona joined Melmark New England, and worked as a programme coordinator at a residential home for children presenting with a variety  ...   twice per month.. Claire Killian: Speech and Language Therapist (SLT).. Claire has 12 years experience in the field of Speech and Language Therapy and has worked as the SLT in PALS since it opened.. Claire has a BA in Remedial Linguistics, Post Graduate Diploma (children with language impairment) and is also a trainer in the Hanen method.. Claire is also trained in PECS (Picture Exchange), LÀMH sign language, Dsyphagia (swallowing disorders) and Talk Tools.. Claire monitors and guides the language goals of the students and she visits PALS every two weeks.. Claire is a member of MIASLT and MRCSLT..

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  • Title: Job Opportunities
    Descriptive info: School Manager.. : We are looking for a new school manager who will have responsibility for both the administration and education aspects of the school.. The role requires the individual to teach in the classroom from 9-3 daily, and conducting management tasks in the evenings (hours 9-5 Mon-Fri).. The successful applicant must be motivated, have excellent communication and organisation skills, and have relevant experience in both ABA and management.. For a full job description please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. Teacher:.. A vacancy has arisen for a qualified Primary/Montessori teacher to work in our group classroom (3 teachers and 8 children).. Full ABA training will be provided  ...   2 month temporary position to cover June and July and may lead to oportunities for the 2012-2013 school year.. The successful applicant must hold a recognised Primary/Montessori degree.. Please apply via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. We do accept applications throughout the year to put on file should vacancies arise.. If you are interested in making an application please email us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive an application form.. If you are interested in volunteering with us or gaining some work experience, please contact us on 01 8610900 or via the above email address..

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  • Title: Speech and Language Delay
    Descriptive info: Speech and Language Delay.. The following is a checklist that has been devised by our SLT Claire to briefly see if a child is meeting their milestones.. This checklist is not meant as a diagnostic tool; rather it gives a concise overview of general speech and language development goals.. Milestones for a 1 to 2 year old child.. Understanding.. Talking.. Knows body parts when asked.. Follows simple directions and understands simple questions ("Where's your shoe?").. Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.. Points to pictures in a book when named.. Puts two words together ("more cookie," "no juice," "mommy book").. Uses many different consonant sounds at the beginning of words.. Milestones for a 2 to 3 year old child.. Talking.. Follows two requests ("Get  ...   listeners most of the time.. Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.. Milestones for a 3 to 4 year old child.. Answers simple "what?", "where?", and "why?" questions.. People outside of the family usually understand child's speech.. Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words.. Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.. Milestones for a 4 to 5 year old child.. Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about them.. Uses sentences that give lots of details ("The biggest peach is mine").. Tells stories that stick to topic.. Communicates easily with other children and adults.. Says rhyming words.. Names some letters and numbers.. Uses the same grammar as the rest of the family..

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  • Title: Applied Behaviour Analysis
    Descriptive info: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).. ABA stands for Applied Behavioural Analysis which refers to the application of evidence based behavioural principals to produce behaviour change.. It is the application of these procedures within the child’s environment which lead to behaviour change.. This behaviour change is brought about through reinforcement (strengthening behaviour through delivery of something pleasant that the child enjoys, such as a toy or praise).. Applied refers to the practical nature of ABA, rather than it being laboratory-based or philosophical.. Each  ...   Analysis means to understand what leads to (or doesn't lead to) new skills and maintains existing ones.. Children typically learn a great deal from the environment, by being curious and looking around.. Children with diagnosed disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or Global Developmental Delay may not learn in this manner.. ABA is all about setting up the environment to enable children to learn in their own natural way by modifying how we teach, and the environment in which we teach..

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  • Title: Autism
    Descriptive info: The following information is from www.. autism.. ie:.. Autism is a range of complex disorders which are most notably seen in the following areas:.. Severe communication difficulties.. Difficulty in social relationships.. Repetitive activities and routines.. An obsessive narrow range of interest.. Autism occurs more frequently in males: 4:1, the incidence of Autism is now believed to be at 1 in 100 Children.. Recent studies reveal that ASDs are on the increase.. Autism can be suspected in the first year of life.. Early diagnosis and intervention is essential.. Little is known about possible causative factors or conditions preceding or accompanying Autism.. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM:.. Healthy, intelligent and attractive in appearance.. Speech difficulties.. Withdrawn, apathetic and unresponsive.. Disinterest in people and surroundings.. Unusual interest in inanimate objects.. Hyperactivity.. Sleeping difficulties.. SYMPTONS:.. Birth to 18 Months:.. Feeding Problems, such as poor sucking.. Apathetic and unresponsive – showing no desire to be held or cuddled.. Constant crying or an unusual absence of crying.. Unusual fear of strangers.. Repetitive movements, such as hand flapping, prolonged rocking and spinning.. Obsessive interest in certain toys or mechanical appliances.. Insistence on being left alone and that physical environment remain unchanged.. Sleeping problems.. 18 Months to 2 Years:.. Difficulties in toilet training.. Odd eating habits and preferences.. Late  ...   cling to a few things which they do understand, such as keeping to the same routines and becoming attached to certain toys or objects.. This can make life very difficult for the whole family, since the child may insist on everyone else fitting into his/her demands.. Children with Autism may be frightened of quite harmless things, and on the other hand, ignore real dangers.. They have less than normal understandings of social requirements and often behave inappropriately.. Due to lack of responsiveness, children with autism are sometimes mistakenly thought to be deaf.. EDUCATION:.. There is increasing evidence that children with autism benefit, often dramatically, from special education suited to their needs.. Yet even in areas where such education is mandatory, children with significant behaviour difficulties continue to be excluded from existing services.. Every Child with Autism is an individual and requires education that is appropriate to his level of ability or disability.. There are many interventions and methodologies that can benefit children with Autism.. Each child is entitled to an education recommended by trained professionals and once the educational approach is ethical and does not cause any pain, distress, anxiety and fear.. Some approaches used are PECS, TEACCH, ABA, Auditory Training, Hannen, Options.. There are many others and variations of the above..

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  • Title: Gallery - Preschool
    Descriptive info: Gallery - Preschool.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. Display Num.. 5.. 10.. 15.. 20.. 50.. All..

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  • Title: News
    Descriptive info: Looking for some EXTREME excitment whilst raising money.. ??? Ian from 26Extreme has been in contact with to tell us about the great fundraising opportunities they have through their running, cycling and adventure events all of which can be viewed at.. www.. 26extreme.. com.. and the best thing about it is that they offer discounted entry fees if you are participating in an event for your nominated charity! If you or anyone you know would like to help PALS Preschool raise some money with 26Extreme please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01 8610900 for more information.. Hi Everyone! It's that time of year to start thinking about the mini-marathon!! This year, PALS is hoping to get a big group going and would greatly appreciate your support! In return for your commitment to us, PALS will be offering a mini-.. bus  ...   ) and we will send you out your sponsorship pack including your t-shirt, sponsorship card and some goodies to help you train!!.. We will be doing a weekend of bag-packing in the New Year in Tesco, Roselawn January 26th-28th 2012.. Please come along and support us we promise not to break your eggs!.. HO HO HO! PALS is welcoming a very special visitor from the North Pole this Wednesday 21st!! Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to meet all the children here and rumour has it that he will have a sleigh full of toys.. the excitement is building.. We would like to thank the Neville Cox Singers who performed a fabulous concert in aid of PALS in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum on October 26th.. The night was a great success and we are so thankful for the generosity of the group who donated the ticket and programme proceeds raising an amazing €2,075..

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