The name Snowflakes was chosen for our group because children with autism are like snowflakes – they are beautiful, each one is uniquely different and they are liable to meltdown at any time!
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects information processing in the brain.
ASD includes classic Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified).
ASD is known as a spectrum disorder as it varies significantly in character and severity and occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic cohorts. It also affects all age groups.
At present, there are no medical tests that can diagnose Autism. A comprehensive diagnosis must be made by a multidisciplinary team by observing a child’s behaviour, communication and development levels. It has been proven that early diagnosis paired with intensive behaviour intervention can significantly enhance a child’s quality of life.
In conjunction with the IMC Cinema in Santry, we host a monthly sensory-friendly cinema club. The programme provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favourite films in a safe and accepting environment. The cinema rooms dedicated to the programme have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
The Brickx Club is a creative brick building and social activity club for girls and boys aged 4 – 12. The Snowflakes Brickx Club takes place weekly in an environment that is specifically tailored for children with ASD
Subsidised Speech & Language / Occupational Therapies
Occupational therapy can help to improve daily living skills, such as toilet training, dressing, brushing teeth, and other grooming skills; fine motor skills required for holding objects while handwriting or cutting with scissors; gross motor skills used for walking or riding a bike, sitting, posture, or perceptual skills, such as telling the differences between colours, shapes and sizes; visual skills for reading and writing. Speech therapy can improve overall communication. This makes it possible for children with autism to improve their ability to form relationships and function in day-to-day life
Subsidised Play Therapy
Play Therapy is a method of working with children who need help in dealing with their emotional and behavioural issues. Play Therapy provides them with the opportunity to “play out” their thought, feelings and problems in a non-directive way, in a safe environment with a caring therapist.
Support Group Meetings
Support group meetings are one of the most invaluable services that we provide, bringing parents of newly diagnosed Snowflakes together
with parents who are a little further along the journey, in order for them to share experiences and swap stories. They are usually a parent’s first introduction to Snowflakes and parents usually leave their first Snowflakes support group meeting feeling hopeful and positive.
Parent and Baby/Toddler Morning
We host many workshops, where subject matter experts spoke to parents about specific topics, with the aim of educating them and arm them with some of the skills required for everyday dealings with autism. Topics included Play Therapy and Sensory Processing, to name but a few.
Family Days Out
Organising family days out was one of the core principles upon which Snowflakes was founded, We have visited, such as Dublin Zoo, Lullymore Heritage Park and Tayto Park.
Snowflakes and siblings come to a “messy play session” with finger paint, sand play, rainbow spaghetti, jelly bags and lots more. Children and parents are advised to wear old clothes!
Snowflakes Autism Support
Holywell Community Centre
Phone: +353 1 524 1544