A Child with a rare neurological condition/visually impaired
11th October 2012
To whom it may concern
Our son was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition, microlissencephaly / microcephaly with simplified gyral patterns and is also severely visually impaired.
We decided to begin early intervention as soon as possible to give him the best possible start in life and were delighted to discover that there was such a service available in Moycullen. Helen began working with our little boy when he was six months old and I feel that this tutoring has contributed to his overall development.
His social skills & responses are fantastic. He loves his weekly visits to Helen & knows her very well at this stage.
This is an excellent service I would recommend to any parent with a special needs child.
A Child with Delayed Speech and Language Development
11th May 2011
To whom it may concern,
I first met Helen in March of this year when she started working with my five year old son who has delayed speech and language development, in his pre-school.Due to the lack of a speech and language therapist in the early intervention centre in Spiddle, my son was put on a long waiting list and had no continuous speech and language therapy. This was a huge concern of mine as he was starting primary school in September.
Helen started working with him three days per week for one hour per day. After a very short period of time I noticed a great improvement in his communication skills and asked Helen if she would continue with the sessions after he had finished in pre-school.
Therefore I was delighted to hear that Helen was setting up a special needs tutoring service in Moycullen. My son continues to attend Helen’s service on a weekly basis and has excelled with his communication development. His social & emotional skills as well as his cognitive skills have also developed dramatically. He is so happy attending each session and has become more outgoing and confident in himself.
I am grateful for Helen’s tutoring service and for the enormous benefits my son is gaining from attending her one to one sessions. The progress he has made has enabled us his parents and his siblings to have a normal family life.
I hope this service will continue to operate for many years to come giving other children like my son the care and attention they need to help them achieve their goals and become independent.
Clann Resource Centre
23rd September 2011
To whom it may concern,
At the request of the parents here in our centre, Helen Mullarkey provided her Special Needs tutoring service to children on a weekly basis during June and July of this year. The parents of these children were frustrated at the lack of services available and the long waiting lists due to the incomplete team in the early intervention service in Spiddle, Helen’s service provided the children with the much needed help they required. Helen has since set up her Special Needs tutoring service in Moycullen and these parents continue to bring their children to see her. We have received very positive feedback from these parents.
Our team here in the Clann Resource centre feel this service is greatly needed in the local area and are happy to continue working with Helen and we wish her every success in the future.
Anne O’ Shaughnessy
A child with Down Syndrome
24th October 2011
To Whom it may concern,
My son Gavin is a two year old wonderful little boy who has Down syndrome, because of his condition I feel both he and I need to be given plans and structured games to work on his development so as to reach his full potential.
Thankfully we were lucky enough to have been put in touch with Helen Mullarkey’s wonderful service, and Gavin I feel is benefiting hugely from his visits to Helen.
He goes once a week and gets so excited when it is time to go to Helens, and when I show up he gets so sad that he has to leave.
I hope that Gavin will benefit form Helen’s skills for a long time to come.
Cola Murphy, Rosscahill
G.P. Salthill, Galway
26th September 2011
To whom it may concern,
Continuous feedback from parents of children with special needs has made it apparent that the HSE cutbacks and the long waiting lists are having a negative effect on their children.
Helen Mullarkey’s Special Needs tutoring service operating from Moycullen is a valuable and much needed service, which provides help on a one to one basis to children in the local and surrounding areas.
As Helen is suitably qualified and has a fully equipped tutor room, I would be more than happy to recommend her service to parents.
I would like to wish Helen every success in the future.
Dr. Brian O’Flynn – MB, BCh.,BAO.,DCH,D.OCC.MED