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Parent Testimonials

“My Son spent two years in the Language Class in Drumcondra.  Prior to him starting in this class, he had spent Junior and Senior Infants in a mainstream class environment.  He is a bright child however this initial schooling period was extremely difficult not only for him but for his teachers and for me as a parent.  His difficulty in understanding instruction and/or expressing himself significantly affected his confidence and caused a lot of frustration.  Once he was diagnosed with DLD, his teachers tried to help however in general, there is not a good understanding about DLD in mainstream schools and it is not possible to deal with a child with DLD if you do not have a very strong understanding of this very complex condition.

 Within weeks of him starting in the Junior Language class, his increased confidence was very noticeable.  He would come home from school able to tell me about his day whereas previously he was so frustrated and completely stressed, he could not even begin to explain or talk about things because he just spent most of his day trying to make sense of language he simply didn't understand.

 Over the two years he became a different child.  He loves school and loves to learn.  It hasn't been an easy road and there are times when as a parent it can be very frustrating but the rewards are the benefits that can be seen in a child that is coping with a condition that previously he was unable to cope with.  As a parent I have learned so much about DLD and the Teacher and Speech & Language Therapist in the language class are extremely inclusive which has been a huge help to me.

 It is so important that teachers and parents understand that DLD is a language barrier not a learning disability.  Once the language barrier is broken down, children with DLD are as capable as any other child.  Simply keep in mind that it is like speaking French to someone who only has pigeon French - they are only understanding parts of what is being said and trying to fill in the gaps which is very hard for any child.  The key is to try and break down the language barrier and this is something that the Language Class in St. Pat's has succeeded in doing for my child.”

 

It has been a fantastic opportunity for my son, attending the speech and language class. He is so much more confident in approaching new people and making friends. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there and as a result is a happier child, now that he is able to communicate and express himself better. It was important for me to attend the speech and language therapy sessions regularly as, the homework needed to be done a certain way. It is by no means a quick fix but, the teacher and the speech and language therapist work tirelessly on the language difficulties whilst making it an enjoyable experience for both parent and child and the results speak for themselves.  We are very grateful to both the teacher and the speech and language therapist for all their hard work throughout the time our son spent with you.

 

“The speech and language class in St Pats is brilliant.  Both parents are invited and welcome to attend their child's individual session once a week but if only one parent can attend that is absolutely fine.  Attending every week is great for your child and you know exactly what to do at home.  All homework is explained and written down so you know what you’re doing. My child enjoys his sessions and likes doing the work at home”.

 

“Our son will complete his second and final year this June in St Pats where he has received great educational opportunities. The support from the speech and language therapist and the teachers was outstanding. There are seven pupils in the class and this is a great opportunity for the children to receive individual help. The parents’ group meetings are a good way for parents to meet other parents to discuss and share each other’s ideas and views. The school also provides a transport facility to collect and drop our child at our home address. There is also a weekly individual speech and language therapy session where both parents can attend to work with the SLT and our child. The SLT has always tried her best to accommodate all parents according to our availability to attend the individual sessions. Both my husband and I attended weekly and are still attending our son’s individual therapy sessions. We are involved as much as we can be and our participation in his education has not only helped him academically but has also built up his confidence. He has made dramatic improvements and still continues to make progress. The school with the help of the teachers have organised many educational and fun outdoor activities and trips. We are so grateful to the SLT for her great help, hard work, patience, undivided attention and support towards our son. We are also so thankful to the teachers in the class for their amazing and fabulous work, help and patience”.

 

“The language class is indeed a very special place for people with DLD. Our son has been attending for almost two years, and the process is very supportive for both parents and children. In particular, the weekly language sessions with the speech and language therapist provide ways to get a weekly grounding in the specific approaches and ways to support our son’s progress, which has been remarkable in his time here. These supports enable the persistence and progress needed while keeping the process enjoyable for our son. He’s more confident, less prone to frustration, and now reads for his own enjoyment”.

 

“My daughter has been attending the language class in St Patrick’s for the past two years. I feel with all the time and effort that is applied to my daughter her speech and communication have dramatically improved. I would highly recommend this class to any parents that may have children who have language issues”.

 

“The language classes are very good and teach a lot to children on a one to one basis which helps to build their confidence. I would highly recommend the classes to other parents of children with language difficulties”.

 

“My daughter is in her second year in the language class and is making her communion in May. She started in St Patrick’s as a shy child who lacked confidence and did not mix with other children due to the language barrier. Within weeks of her starting she was coming home telling me all about her day and all her new friends, for the first time I felt she fitted in. During her time in the class, she has learned important life skills; her speech has improved to a stage I could never have imagined. It is truly amazing to witness. It is a great opportunity to go to the speech therapy sessions on a weekly basis as you get tips on how to help your child at home. From attending the parent groups in the class we arranged play dates, which was a first for my daughter. My daughter and I have made lifelong friends through the language class. I am very grateful to the teachers and the speech and language therapist for helping my daughter build her confidence and improve her speech. It was an amazing opportunity for my daughter to get a place in St Patricks”. 

 

“A simple objective of St Patrick’s school is to support children and their families. The motto of supporting my son’s development to adapt and participate fully in day-to-day life has been very helpful. The school team have given time and attention to my son who had severe language difficulties (and also difficulties with reading and writing). Today after two years in the Language Class my son reads and writes with confidence. In simple words, the school has a very well qualified team that help children in their development, adaptability, integrity and confidence building”.