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Dr Naoisé O’Reilly Speaking at the ASPIRE (Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland) conference 2016

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Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly’s Areas of Interest, Expertise & Research

Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly’s Areas of Interest, Expertise & Research 

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A Year of Results with Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly

A Year of Results with Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly 
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Confidence Club – What we do in 12 slides

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Psychological Assessments to determine Cognitive Development

FEAR1I was 4 when I had my first official Psychological Assessment and it was a traumatic experience. My parents took me to see the movie “Lady and the Tramp” immediately afterwards to help me recover.

This is why when I now do Psychological Assessments of young children I am very focused on a fun enjoyable experience - a trauma free zone if you like.

I was 8 when I had my second Psychological Assessment and 16 when I had my third. I have lived with hereditary Profound Dyslexic Spectrum Disorder since birth and it still impacts of every aspect of my daily life - but I developed ways to cope.

I remember there were pages and pages of how I did not measure up to other children my age. There was never help given to my parents and I to assist me in working the way I needed to work. The only focus was on what I could not do.

Hence, this is why I started to develop my own methods of learning from 4. I was also acutely aware at 4 that I was completely incapable of doing what the School and Government Shrinks wanted me to so.

These days, I set children and families up for success no matter how “behind” the rest of the world perceives a child’s cognitive development and behaviors.

Every family I have dealt with personally, and that is thousands of people at this stage, are set up to succeed in the precise ways that their child is capable of learning and developing.

Personality is a massive factor in development. Some people are more independent that others. They may walk faster, they may be quieter. Some people are born chatterboxes and others do not speak until much later on. Some will not play by themselves others are loners. No one can be put on a scale and expected to fit.

Even children who have hearing impairments and a great big long list of conditions I deal with can develop better and learn faster with the right interventions. It does not matter what it is - no two children can rise to their challenges in the same ways.

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How can a professional determine if a 4-year is up to task with cognitive development?

Most professionals rely on standardized test. Personally, I do a session with the child using my “toolbox.” This involves a whole series of games with everything from Playdoh to magnets. This allows me and my Team to test abilities across a whole spectrum without the child even being aware of it. All the testing is completed without the child feeling like they are being examined.

2.

What if the 4-year old cannot do all the cognitive skills for his/her age?

Should a parent worry?

I do not deem tasks age appropriate. I strongly believe development is a little bit more complex and I think it is unfortunate that a lot of learning difficulties are determined on an age scale. This ends up making parents feel very bad about their child’s development. During my initial assessments, yes sure it is always very obvious to me what people cannot do, but it is equally obvious if they have fantastic visual pattern recognition or memory association skills. These can be used to develop the areas that are lacking. Just the same ways I achieved a First Class Honors Degree followed by a Doctorate when told as a teenager that University was “beyond my status.”

I think the system sets up parents to worry. But one of my key tasks in taking on any new case is to put everyone’s mind at ease and make everything doable. Families always walk out the door with a way, structure, plan an if necessary Team support to do everything.

3.

How can a parent help a child develop these skills?

I set up programs for parents to use the everyday in their own home to help their children. I think one of the disadvantages of our technological world is that it is very removed from other people and parents. Yes, I do like to use some Apps but I like to develop skills using less remote games. Child cookery, for example, builds time management skills and the use of a radio in the background helps children filter information.

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19Aug/14Off

Testimonial for Confidence Club

“Hi Naoisé,

Please find a few lines below.  I just had a meeting with my daughter’s teacher and school special needs co-ordinator.  They are astounded at her progress and her confidence and restedness inside.

Thank you so much,

Much love,

Her mother.

blackboard_tablet_with_school_items_behind_800_12356Six months ago I was a very distressed mother having just discovered that my 10 year daughter was virtually illiterate.  She attends a Steiner school and because they progress more slowly in main subjects such as english and maths and focus a lot on creative work such as music and art, her dyslexia went unnoticed.

When it began to dawn on me I was shocked because she is so bright and I didn't really know which way to turn.  The New Zealand system of support for Dyslexia was very complicated and she would have to under go days of intense examinations.

And then I did know which way to turn - thankfully I knew Dr. Naoisé O Reilly, who had helped our business make a huge shift the year before.  I contacted Naoisé and her support has changed our lives.

Naoisé spent an hour with my daughter over Skype and I knew instantly that she understood her and her unique way of learning that did not fit into mainstream learning. This was the biggest relief.  And our journey began.  It all seemed quite simple what Naoisé sent to us to focus on.  Simple word games, exercises, fun things, writing projects. Just a little most evenings.  And then after six months - whoosh all the pieces of the puzzle game together.  The building blocks Naoisé had been providing connected and my daughter took an enormous leap forward in her reading and spelling.  It is a continual journey where there is no longer concern but the knowing that it is a unique journey for her, and she is being supported by an amazing individual, Naoisé, who not only understands and can see through her eyes, but can provide the tools to navigate the way to a full and rich life of learning and discovery for her. I am so so so grateful.  Thank you Naoisé.”

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What We Do

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Supporting University Level Repeats, Fails & Assignments

University Level Student Support

University Level Student Support

From my experiences as a University Level student myself, my role as mentor and my various positions within a 3rd level University including MBA Faculty Manager, Acting Registrar and Masters Coordinator I know what it takes to get through college!

Surprisingly the endless swatting of the course material is a very small part of the road to success...

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See-Saw Learning™

See-Saw Learning

See-Saw Learning

This is why I keep our students doing a "play" program over the summer. There is no point undoing all the progress they have made in a few sort weeks of holidays!

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How Does Confidence Club® Work?

 

Confidence Club

“Confidence Club® is Groundbreaking due to Results We get with People in ridiculously short timescales & because it contains the Holy Grail of CONFIDENCE no-one else achieves for Life as quickly as We do,” Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly

Introduction

Welcome to the Confidence Club

One step closer to fulfilling a personal dream of mine - "to make school a happier, creative, more successful and enjoyable place for all students, regardless of their differences"... Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

There is always a balance between making long term changes in education and supporting those people currently in the system!

One of the many reasons why Students attending The Homework Club become so successful is because of the awareness they have of their own Potential, Personality and Learning Style and how these effect their own educational success. Every Student at The Homework Club is set-up to work to their best abilities within the environment through an initial interview.

The Confidence Club now offers this service to everybody, especially those restricted through distance and who aren't able to attend our classes at The Homework Club.

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