Portmarnock and Mount Merrion

Child Services

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We understand that finding support for your child can be an emotional process and we aim to bring a high level of knowledge, expertise and care to every child and family we work with.

We offer psychological services as well as speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

Psychology

Speech and Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

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Sometimes parents can be unclear about what would best address their child’s needs. Our FAQ's might be of help.
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Our child services include:

1. Psychology

A. General clinical assessment

We recommend a General Clinical Assessment in cases where a child is not presenting with any Autism Spectrum markers, but when there’s concern about a child’s emotional or behavioral development.

Common reasons for referral include;

  • Over-activity,
  • Inattention
  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • School Refusal.

Fees: €1000 or €1500 with additional Dyslexia Assessment.

A general clinical assessment involves:

  • Parental Clinical Interview (1.5hrs via Zoom)
  • Cognitive Assessment (1-1.5hrs in clinic)
  • Psychometric measures of emotional-behavioural difficulties and adaptive functioning to be completed by teacher and parents/carers
  • Teacher Information
  • Feedback Session (1hr via Zoom)
  • Comprehensive psychological report accepted by HSE and Department of
  • Education
  • Option to add on Dyslexia Assessment at an additional cost of €500 (i.e.overall cost €1500).

As part of the General Clinical Assessment, you will meet with one of our Psychologists who will conduct a comprehensive and detailed clinical interview with you regarding your concerns for your child.

A cognitive assessment is then completed with your child which will identify any learning difficulties or areas of need. We will ask you to complete some measures and questionnaires to gather further information. Information will be sought from teacher/school, conducted by our experienced and trained Assistant Psychologists, with follow-up from the Psychologist if needed.

After the assessment has been completed you will meet again with your Psychologist for a feedback session where they will take time to talk through their findings in detail and answer any questions you may have, as well as identifying the next steps and how best to support your child going forward.

A written report describing each aspect of the assessment process and recommendations (including onward referral to services if appropriate) will be provided following the feedback session.

B. Autism Spectrum Assessment:

At Insight we provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with HSE guidelines and requirements. The assessment is conducted by an experienced Psychologist with input from our Speech and Language Therapist. We specialize in assessing cases including children with complex developmental history or backgrounds, women & girls with autistic spectrum conditions and adolescents.

At Insight we understand that pursuing an assessment for your child can be an emotional process and we aim to bring a high level of knowledge, expertise and care to every child and family we work with.

Fees: Autism spectrum assessment without cognitive: €1050. 
Autism spectrum assessment with cognitive (recommended unless your child has had a cognitive assessment in the previous two years) €1500

Option to add on Dyslexia Assessment at an additional cost of €100 (i.e. overall cost €1600).

An Autism spectrum assessment involves:

  • Parental Clinical Interview (2 hours via Zoom)
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, a play-based assessment completed (1hr in clinic)
  • Cognitive Assessment (recommended if one has not been completed in the previous two years) completed (1-1.5hrs in clinic)
  • Measure of adaptive functioning
  • Feedback Session (1hr via Zoom)
  • Comprehensive psychological report accepted by HSE and Department of Education
  • Option to add on Dyslexia Assessment at an additional cost of €100 (i.e. overall cost €1700).

As part of this assessment, you will meet with one of our Psychologists who will explore with you your child’s progress so far, their progress in school, their strengths and their areas of need. In this appointment, the Psychologist will also complete the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) with you. The Psychologist and either a Speech and Language Therapist or Occupational Therapist will then meet your child for a play-based assessment looking at their social communication and interaction skills among other areas of diagnostic interest. This standardized assessment is called the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Unless your child has completed a similar assessment in the previous two years, at Insight we recommend that they also undergo a cognitive assessment to identify or rule out any learning difficulties. After the assessment has been completed you will meet again with your Psychologist for a feedback session where they will take time to talk through their findings in detail and answer any questions you may have, as well as identifying next steps and how best to support your child going forward. A written report describing each aspect of the assessment process and recommendations (including onward referral to services if appropriate) will be provided following the feedback session

C. Educational Psychology Assessment

We recommend an Educational Psychology Assessment where there are concerns a child’s learning or academic performance. An educational psychology assessment screens for Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia.
Fees: €700

An educational psychology assessment involves:

  • Parental Clinical Interview (20 mins)
  • Cognitive Assessment (1-1.5hr in clinic)
  • Weschler Individual Attainment Test (1hr in clinic)
  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (if query Dyslexia) (15 minutes in clinic)
  • Consultation with School
  • Feedback Session (1hr via Zoom)
  • Comprehensive psychological report accepted by HSE and Department of Education

As part of this assessment, you will meet with one of our Psychologists who will conduct a comprehensive clinical interview exploring your concerns for your child as well as broader factors. Your child will then undergo a standardized cognitive assessment to identify their level of cognitive ability, as well as a further assessment to ascertain their level of attainment.

Information will be sought from teacher/school, conducted by our experienced and trained Assistant Psychologists, with follow-up from the Psychologist if needed. After the assessment has been completed you will meet again with your Psychologist for a feedback session where they will take time to talk through their findings in detail and answer any questions you may have, as well as identifying the next steps and how best to support your child going forward.

A written report describing each aspect of the assessment process and recommendations (including onward referral to services if appropriate) will be provided following the feedback session.

D. Child Psychological Therapy

Our team of experienced psychologists offer evidence-based and tailored therapy options for children of all ages. If you have concerns regarding your child’s mental well-being or behaviour, We advise you to book in for a consultation for therapy. This is a parental interview completed via Zoom with one of our Psychologists who will explore your concerns as well as your child’s developmental history and day-to-day functioning. Following this consultation, the Psychologist will feedback to you on what might be helpful and generate goals for therapy. Depending on your child’s needs and current governmental guidelines we can offer in-clinic appointments or appointments via Zoom.

Our psychologists integrate creativity and play into their work to engage your child in the therapeutic process. They draw on a variety of evidence-based approaches to increase you and your child’s understanding of the difficulty as well as develop coping skills. At Insight, we are conscious that families work together as a system, and that in order for therapy to be effective it is necessary for parents to be part of the process. In some cases, individual therapy with your child may be the most beneficial, whereas in other cases it may be more effective for the Psychologist to work with parents to equip them with the tools needed to address their child’s difficulties.

Fees: €150 for parental intake interview (please allow approx. 1hr), €100 for each subsequent 50-minute individual therapy session.

2. Speech and Language Therapy

A. Assessment

We offer a range of assessments for children who are struggling to meet their Speech and Language milestones. If your child is struggling with learning to communicate and understand others, or if they are struggling with speech sounds, an assessment will help you understand their difficulties and guide them to the correct supports.

A typical SLT assessment will involve a comprehensive interview with parents to explore your child’s language and developmental history. Our SLT will also meet with your child to get a sense of their strengths and areas of need. For younger children, this session may be more play-based and involve lots of toys and fun. For older children, the assessment is more standardized and formal. Once the assessment has been complete you may have a feedback session where your SLT will take time to talk through their findings in detail and answer any questions you may have, as well as identifying next steps and how best to support your child going forward. A written report describing each aspect of the assessment process and recommendations (including onward referral to services if appropriate) may be provided following the feedback session, depending on the type of assessment sought by parents.

  • Full Assessment with report. (Recommended prior to starting therapy if your child has not been seen by other services):
  • Parental Clinical Interview (1 hr via Zoom)
  • Standardized Assessment (Approx. 1 hr in clinic)
  • Psychometric measures to be completed by teacher and parents/carers
  • Information will be sought from teacher/school if appropriate
  • Feedback Session (1hr via Zoom)
  • Comprehensive Speech and Language Report. All reports are accepted by HSE and Department of Education.
    Cost €350

Initial Assessment with no report to determine treatment goals prior to starting therapy:

  • Parental Clinical Interview (1 hr via Zoom)
  • Standardized Assessment (Approx. 1 hr in clinic)
  • Psychometric measures to be completed by teacher and parents / carers
  • Information will be sought from teacher/school
    Cost €250

Review Assessment with no report to determine treatment goals (Only appropriate if had a report completed within the last 3 months):

  • Standardized Assessment (Approx. 1 hr in clinic)
  • Psychometric measures to be completed by teacher and parents / carers
  • Teacher Information if appropriate
    Cost €150

B. Intervention

Speech and Language therapy aims to increase language stimulation as well as the production of speech, depending on your child’s areas of need. Prior to intervention, your child will be assessed by our Speech and Language therapist to assess their current level of functioning and to identify tailored goals for intervention. You may want to seek out Speech and Language Therapy if you have concerns regarding your child’s:

• Receptive Language
• Expressive Language
• Pragmatic or Social Skills

Fees: Prior to commencing therapy, an initial intake assessment is first completed to allow the therapist to determine your child’s current skills and needs, and to set goals for therapy.

Please see here for options and costings.

Following the initial assessment of your choice, it is €60 for each subsequent 30-minute session

• Articulation
• Oral Motor Skills
• Fluency
• Voice

3. Occupational Therapy

A. Assessment

Occupational therapists help children with a variety of additional needs develop the skills they need to navigate day-to-day living. An Occupational Therapy assessment will help identify the difficulties your child is facing and how these difficulties are impacting them throughout the day – at home, in school and in their relationships. An assessment can help to prioritise your concerns and provide a road map for intervention. You may want to seek an Occupational Therapy assessment if your child is presenting with difficulties related to;

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Energy regulation
  • Sensory-motor processing
  • Organization, concentration and attention
  • Everyday living/Self-care skills
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills
  • Dyspraxia

We have several options for assessment:

Full Diagnostic Assessment with report (Recommended prior to starting therapy if you child has not been seen by other services or to access services and supports in school):

  • Parental Clinical Interview (1 hr via Zoom)
  • Standardized Assessment (Approx. 1-1.5 hrs in clinic)
  • Psychometric measures to be completed by teacher and parents / carers
  • Teacher Information if appropriate
  • Feedback Session (1hr via Zoom)
  • Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Report. All reports are accepted by HSE.
    Cost €550

Review Assessment with no report to determine treatment goals:

  • Parental Clinical Interview (1 hr via Zoom)
  • Standardized Assessment (Approx. 1 hr in clinic)
  • Psychometric measures to be completed by teacher and parents/carers
  • Teacher Information if appropriate
    Cost €250

B. Intervention

Occupational Therapy aims to help children be as independent as possible in their everyday lives, which feeds into their self-esteem and confidence. Occupational Therapy is tailored specifically to your child and aims to help them reach their potential and achieve their goals. You may want to seek out Occupational Therapy if your child is struggling with;

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Energy regulation
  • Sensory-motor processing
  • Organization, concentration and attention
  • Everyday living/Self-care skills
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills
  • Dyspraxia

Fees: Prior to commencing therapy, an initial intake assessment is first completed to allow the therapist to determine your child’s current skills and needs, and to set goals for therapy.

Please see here for options and costings.

Following the initial assessment of your choice, it is €60 for each subsequent 30-minute session and €100 for each subsequent 50-minute session.

4.Unsure what you need?

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Sometimes parents can be unclear what would best address their child’s needs, whether to pursue assessment or therapy or which assessment route to go down. In this case, we can offer two options.

1. A Parental Consultation

A consultation with one of our Psychologists (1.5hrs via Zoom). We recommend this option if you would like an in-depth exploration of your child’s needs, if you are unsure whether to pursue assessment or therapy or if you are unsure what professional (i.e. Psychology, SLT, OT) would be best suited to address your child’s areas of need.
Fees: €200

2. A Screener Interview.
This involves a brief phone call with one of our Assistant Psychologists, who will then get teacher information if necessary. This information is then relayed back to one of the Psychologists on the team who will advise what assessment is needed.
Fees: €50

5. Groups/Workshops

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At Insight we run a variety of groups and workshops for children and adults, both in clinic and via Zoom. For information on our upcoming workshops please see below.

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