Family Support

Parent and Toddler Groups

Open to all parents and guardians of toddlers or pre-school children on a weekly basis on Wednesday afternoons 2.30 to 4.00pm.

These sessions are fun and creative. Families do not need a diagnosis of ASD before attending, they are simply for anyone who wishes to join in and use our centre.

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Parent Support Group

A monthly support group for parents and guardians for those with children diagnosed with autism or undergoing assessment. Our support group runs on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 10.30am to 12pm. Join others and sit and have a cuppa in our parents’ room for a chat and mutual support in a safe and confidential environment.

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Sibling Support Group

Autism impacts on the entire family and in particular the siblings of those with autism. We hold sibling support groups, a monthly get together for siblings to give them the opportunity to understand autism a little better and meet others who have a sibling with autism. It’s an opportunity to meet other siblings, have fun, talk about the good and not so good parts of having a sibling with autism with others who ‘get it’ , play games , learn from each other and have more fun!

Kicking off in Autumn 2020

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Counselling Services

Counselling involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counsellors are trained professionals who listen empathically without judgement and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you may have that are holding you back. Counselling can also help you to identify strategies for personal change and growth to enable you to take the necessary action to live more resourcefully and with greater well-being. We have trained Counsellors available through Dóchas.

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The HSE also provides Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC).

This service is for people with mild to moderate psychological difficulties. It is a short-term counselling service that provides up to 8 counselling sessions with a professionally qualified and accredited Counsellor/Therapist.

It is a service for medical card holders, who are 18 years of age or over, and who want help with psychological problems that are appropriate for time limited counselling in primary care.

The service is suitable for people who are experiencing certain difficulties such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic reactions
  • relationship problems
  • loss issues
  • stress

Standardised CIPC Information leaflets and referral forms about Counselling in Primary Care can be downloaded by clicking on the below links:

Contact details for CIPC Counselling Co-Ordinators:

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Dóchas Midwest Autism Support was established by parents in 1997 in response to the need for an organisation to represent the needs of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Mid-West region. The charity supports children, young adults and their families.

14 Parnell Street, Limerick