We use a variety of assessments to determine where a child’s strengths and weaknesses lie. An initial consultation costs just €50. Book one now to discuss your child’s progress with one of our experienced team members.
Assessment time and costs vary depending on the needs of the child, but this is discussed in detail with parents before assessment begins.
ATLAS training offers assessment of many skills such as sensory processing, language, motor skills, and perceptual skills. All of these skills are assessed in the context of the child's participation in his daily life activities, such as schoolwork, mixing with his peers, managing tasks at home and playing. Our assessments are individualised depending on areas of concern, drawing from a variety of specialisations such as psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy etc. Attention is given to areas of concern such as:
- • Behaviour/Emotional wellbeing
- • Attention
- • Sensory Processing
- • Intellectual strengths & challenges
- • Language
- • Speech
- • Motor skills
- • Academics
- • Social skills
• School Assessments
Having done paediatric assessments for schools since 2003, ATLAS Training is experienced at working with the department of education and skills (DES) and is knowledgeable in what accommodations are available or possible.
Our assessments are based on information from a wide variety of resources where possible, including direct, standardised assessment of the student, detailed feedback from parents/caregivers and information from teachers. Each assessment is tailored to the needs of the student and we use research-driven, updated and standardised assessments to draw our findings and recommendations.
Atlas Training provides comprehensive school reports with recommendations for resource teaching / computers etc...
ATLAS Training offers an initial consultation for all parents, whether you would like to continue on to assessment / treatment or not. This initial consultation, which we call our “Intake Interview” only costs €50 and is a perfect opportunity for parents to talk through their child’s challenges and to determine whether services are really warranted (and in what format).
Further consultation services are ideal for supporting parent issues at home or teacher concerns at school. From managing a child’s behaviour to developing a child’s skills, consultation sessions with one of our therapists can help parents and teachers develop the tools to support children.
ATLAS Training has extensive experience in offering reports for medico-legal cases or representing clients at meetings and/or in court. Please contact us for more details
Catherine Milford, an experienced occupational therapist and psychologist, offers supervision for occupational therapists working in paediatric posts. Catherine has been supervising junior and senior occupational therapists since 2003 and has been working with children in various capacities since 1995. Catherine qualified as an occupational therapist in South Africa, and had her degree validated in Ireland in early 2002, following which she worked for the then Northern Area Health Board for nearly 2 years. She has since been working as an occupational therapist and therapeutic manager in a private capacity in a large, trans-disciplinary clinic in Dublin. Catherine completed a Master’s in Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2008, with a thesis topic of “Exploring the Impact of Dyspraxia/DCD on the Adolescent’s Occupational Participation”. In additional to her occupational therapy studies, Catherine is a psychologist with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from South Africa and a Post-graduate diploma in psychology from the Open University in the UK. She is a member of AOTI, BPS and PSI.
Catherine has had the unique and valuable opportunity of being mentored by Dr Lucy Jane Miller, founder and head of Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in Colorado, USA. She is also certified in/has certificates in Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, Therapeutic Listening®, Interactive Metronome™, Theraplay® and DIR/Floortime™.
Catherine has experience working with children with a variety of developmental difficulties/disorders, including ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, down’s syndrome, dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder, foetal alcohol syndrome, fragile-X, prada-willi’s syndrome, sensory processing disorder, specific learning difficulties, spina-bifida and many more.
Supervision with Catherine can take many forms, from direct supervision on-site in Swords, Co Dublin, to online supervision through emails and Skype video conferences. Typically, supervision includes support for case management, support for individual client issues, training and ongoing learning, direct in-service training, and support for parent/teacher consultations.
As a member of AOTI and CORU, supervision sessions with Catherine Milford contributes to ongoing yearly CPD point requirements.
ATLAS Training has years of experience offering support for people who live with or work with children or adolescents with dyspraxia. These courses are designed for parents, teachers, special need assistants and others. We provide courses both during and after hours and can even offer courses at a location of your choice. Below is a list of some courses that ATLAS Training offers. Click on each title to see a synopsis of the course content. (Note: ATLAS Training is able to tailor our courses to meet individual needs. Feel free to Contact us for more details if you have any unique needs.)
Monthly Parent Support Groups
Workshops for parents covering a variety of topics, including:
• Sensory Processing
• Coping with Behaviour
• Coping at Homework Time
Workshops/Courses for teachers/special needs assistants covering a variety of topics, including: (Click here for full course details )
• Promoting behaviour in the classroom
• Sensory Processing
• Sensory Processing in Autism