Dr. Naoise O’Reilly has worked with my son who has Asperger’s Syndrome. She has provided career development advice and abundant support to help him reach his potential.
Naoise is intuitive, inspirational, encouraging, pragmatic and highly knowledgeable. She instinctively understands the challenges that a person with AS encounters and the way they perceive and process the world they inhabit. And yet she manages to provide practical and attainable solutions to, what at times, can appear insurmountable issues.
In a world that can seem completely at odds with him, she provides a clear and practical path to navigate around and over the challenges he encounters. He trusts her completely and highly respects her. This is not easily achieved with an individual with AS and is perhaps the greatest indication of Naoise’s ability. She is truly a remarkable lady and we thank our good fortune that she was recommended to us.
Irish Parent, August 2016
"Our Son had no major problems in Primary School, he was happy and relaxed. His school work was excellent.Joined school committees and acted as a mentor for younger pupils. However all this changed when he started Secondary School. The first year wasn’t too bad and as he is our youngest we knew there would be a transition period. At the start of second year, he developed migraines and would be physically sick most mornings. His Doctor put it down to hormones. He tired CBT, Bio-energy, kinesiology. Eventually he was put on anti-depressants and started counselling. Nothing seemed to work. The school he attended was very supportive but he just couldn’t go through the door. There was no issue with any one teacher or pupil. He could not explain why he felt the way he did. Things came to a head early in 2015 and I contacted a relative of mine for advise, as he had been IN THE SYSTEM for almost a year and nothing was changing, in fact it was getting much worse. She referred us to a family counsellor. He asked us how long had our Son been diagnosed with Asperger's. This was a huge shock as no one had mentioned anything like this to us, in over two years of visiting doctors, attending physiatrists & counsellors. Our Son was diagnosed a month later and we thought, at last we now can move forward. While his school was extremely understanding there was nothing they could do. We had no option but to take him out of school. Everyone was very understanding but no one could offer us any suggestions regarding his education. One day while reading information on the Autism Ireland website I saw details for the Purple Learning project and the Homework Club. After reading up on it I contacted Dr Naoisé and we arranged a meeting.
At Our first meeting with Dr Naoisé, she assessed Our Son by asking a series of questions and getting him to do different puzzles. The meeting took about an hour. In that time She was able to determine what subjects He would enjoy and excel at. She recommend two teachers who would start working with him online. Doing Maths and History. This proved so effective that we increased the classes to include more subjects. Within four months of starting the programme he was off his anti-depressants and signed off from the Physiatrist. He has just finished his first school year, working at home with teachers recommended by Dr Naoisé. The difference in him is amazing,he is once again happy and relaxed. He loves the lessons, there is very little homework but he does research and reads any material that is recommended. He is already talking about what college he’d like to attend. He has two years until His Leaving Certificate. Dr Naoisé keeps in regular contact and is always on hand to answer any queries etc. Without a doubt this programme has changed our Son’s life. I did worry that with him not attending a regular school he would miss out on other things, like friends, etc. But this has not been the case, he is in regular contact with his friends and he has even started back at his favourite pastime, Soccer. I don’t know if he will ever attend main stream secondary school again, it no longer is an issue. Having him educated in a way that he thrives in, is all you want as a parent and we have found a way to give him that, with the help of Dr Naoisé and Her team." Irish Parent, June 2016
"for 1st time in my life someone has shown me another way for me to learn" - "to learn & develop without a sense of panic" Adult client, November 2015.
As a Mum of two dyslexic teenagers I had the good fortune to meet Naoisé in 2014. Initially it was a relief for my children to meet someone who ‘got them’ and didn’t think of them as ‘stupid’ but recognised them for the smart wonderful people they are. The support and positive encouragement from Naoisé and her team has made a huge difference to their lives. My daughter struggled everyday with teachers that just didn’t understand her, telling her she didn’t have the brains for certain subjects or was just not smart enough. With the help of Naoisé and her team she has come to realise that it is the system and some of the teachers in it that is the problem not her. She is a bright smart girl that just thinks differently and can achieve her goals in life with the help of people like Naoisé and the team of positive people around her. I know as we head into Leaving Cert next year the support of Naoisé will be invaluable and without that the damage that some teachers do would be irreversible. Thank you Naoisé
Irish Mother, June 2016
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'I was really impressed from the outset, when after a 45 minute conversation with me Naoise really seemed to have a good understanding of my son and what his issues were. It was the first time I felt that anyone had really 'got' him.
Naoise and I were then unsure whether he would engage with her but he did his best and said he was keen to work with her and I think that although he couldn't really express it, he also recognised her as someone who understood him.
It's been explained to him that whilst he'll be reminded to do his 'stuff for Naoise' nobody will actually be making him do it, and that the whole point of it is to motivate him to start taking responsibility for his own decisions, etc.
He doesn't complete them every day but he does them about 4x a week.
This a young man who seems to lack any motivation for anything beyond watching TV or playing on his play station, who has little idea of what he wants to do with his life, little pride in himself, shies away from new experiences, avoids crowds and loud music etc.
Since starting work with Naoise, my son has asked if he could have his hair dyed (his fringe is now bright red!), having resolutely refused in the 3 years he's been at his current school to take part in any weekend activities he's now decided to stay in and go to the local Music Festival and join in with the camping weekend. He's also showing some interest in clothes.
Whilst I can never be certain with any therapies, programmes, etc how much is to do with maturation and how much is due to the intervention, the suddenness of the changes and the number of them make me think that Naoise clearly has a very special talent for engaging young people in their own development. I don't know how she does it but it's the outcome that I'm interested in.' UK mother, May 2016.