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Wherever you are in the world we can create the best speech & language programme for your child…

Who is Karen O'Connor?

Karen O’Connor is a consultant speech & language therapist with over 20 years experience working with children with complex communication needs and developmental challenges.  

Over the years, Karen has undergone considerable post-graduate training in many areas including advanced studies in sensory integration, the LiFT™ programme, the Therapeutic Listening™ programme, the Advanced Therapeutic Listening™ programme, Floortime, Talktools, and many more.

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Listen to Parents Wherever you are in the world we can create the best programme for your child through our in-depth online and in-clinic consultations. Listen to Parents is a

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Meet the Experts

Meet The Experts is a series of interviews with professionals in the field of Child Development. Karen O’ Connor has travelled from Dublin to Toronto to London to meet with

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What is Opening Your Mind?©​

Karen O’Connor has developed the Opening Your Mind© series for parents to use at home.

With over 20 years experience working with children with complex communication needs, Karen would like to share her extensive knowledge and unique Pieces of the Jigsaw© approach so that your child can achieve their greatest potential over the shortest period of time.

Pieces of the Jigsaw© combines speech & language therapy approaches with up-to-the-minute sensory integrative and sound therapy techniques.  The full Pieces of the Jigsaw© programme is included with each Opening Your Mind© Series.

In this 9 - part video series Karen explains in detail how to identify whether your child has ASD or a condition that presents similarly i.e. sensory processing disorder. Once identified she describes how to help your child to progress and reach their full potential in sensory, language and learning in general.

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In this 9 - part video series Karen explains in detail what exactly dyspraxia is, looking more specifically at the verbal and oral aspects which affect a child’s speech and language skills. Karen describes how to start treating your child today using the most effective treatment approaches to help your child speak clearly, using longer sentences and clear, articulate language so that they can achieve their greatest potential in life.

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In this 9 - part video series Karen describes in detail how to help children with sensory processing disorder to be calm, regulated, understand and use language better and learn so that they can truly achieve their greatest potential in life.

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In this 9 - part video series Karen explains what DLD and APD is and how it impacts on a child’s language and learning but most importantly she explains how to help a child overcome APD over a short period of time using up-to-the-minute sound therapy techniques. Contrary to popular belief APD does not have to be a lifelong condition but can be resolved quickly using the most effective techniques.

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In this 9-part video series Karen explains in detail how to identify if your child has ADHD or a condition that presents similarly i.e. sensory processing disorder or sensory integration dysfunction. Once identified she describes how to help your child to progress and reach their true potential using the most effective treatment techniques. This programme will give you the tools to start helping your child to achieve their true potential in attention, focus, sensory, language and learning in general.

Topics: ADHD

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In this 9-part video series Karen explains what Global Developmental Delay is and how it impacts on your child’s physical, sensory, motor, language and learning development. She then brings you right through the process so that you understand what is happening for your child and also how to start treating your child today using the most effective treatment approaches.

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In this 9-part video series Karen explains what Intellectual Disability is, with particular focus on moderate, severe and profound intellectual disability. She will bring you right through the process so that you will understand what is happening for your child and also she will describe in detail the most effective treatment approaches to help your child achieve their true potential in regulation, calmness, sensory, language, learning and independence.

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Get all four series of Opening Your Mind©​ plus some bonus material to help you help your child in achieve their greatest potential!

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Listen to Parents

Parents raising children with speech and language and sensory difficulties face incredible challenges daily. There’s very little effective support available online for parents experiencing these challenges, which is why Karen created the Opening Your Mind© series.

The Child Development Centre provides highly effective programmes and therapies to families all over the world. Based on over twenty years experience combining speech & language therapy approaches with up-to-the-minute sensory integrative techniques we watch children make incredible improvements over a short period of time. We know there are so many more families out there who can’t access this kind of resource, and we want to help.

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Louise details her son’s experiences with the Pieces of the Jigsaw programme as delivered by Karen O’Connor.
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Bríd details her son’s experiences with the LiFT programme as delivered by Karen O’Connor. Bríd thinks without the programme Cathal definitely wouldn’t be where he is today 10 years later.