Our FacilitiesOur centre has many different rooms designed to support social interaction skills for children and young people with ASD. We are lucky to have a facility which is approx. 15000 sq ft.
Our sensory room is your child’s safe space to relax and de-stress. Children with autism can suffer from sensory overload during the day and need a calm place to recharge. Others may have sensory processing issues and need a safe way to meet their sensory needs. Here you’ll find everything you need to create the perfect sensory room, from a dark den to fabulous sensory room lights, tactile toys and calming items…
Fully equipped with full drum set, guitars, percussion instruments and much more. This room hosts our music therapy sessions and is a firm favourite with the children who give it a go.
Another favourite and well used room on our premises. This room has just been revamped with additional storage and all types of Lego. The room is designed to encourage children’s creative sides where it’s possible to build all sorts of amazing structures.
With 2 large TV screens, this room has been decorated by our younger members, it is colourfully painted with the children’s hero’s from much loved video games. Children are encouraged to sit on one of the gaming chairs or bean bags and challenge a friend to a game or join forces to complete a task on one of the many video games on offer.
Our Mary Sims Multisensory room was officially opened in 2019, it has many features that all our children love, particularly those with sensory seeking needs. In particular they love to play in this room which has a ball pool, swing, climbing wall, trampoline, pop up tunnels and a body roller.
Foosball, Airhockey, Pool Table, Basketball hoops or Soccer goals, this room has it all as well as a multitude of soft toys, games and puzzles. When not in use for our social clubs and parent and toddler groups, this room can be used for training courses, parent information sessions or town hall meetings with our local politicians.
A newly refurbished comfortable area to chill out and meet other parents. This has a kitchen area to have a cup of tea/coffee and chat to other mums. A place where friendships are made and peer support is available to all.
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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.