"I was in search of a class to boost my son's confidence and came across Réalta School of Speech and Drama. From the get go he loved going, and after a few weeks we noticed a big difference in him. He seemed more sure of himself and less self conscious. We were amazed to see how much he came on in a short space of time.
Michelle is a thoughtful and kind teacher and I would recommend her class to anyone. She is so creative and goes above and beyond to make the kids feel valued and special. Her kindness and gentleness make her an incredible role model and we can see why kids love her so much! Last year she organised a photo shoot for the children and hosted an exhibition called In Celebration of Children. The event was really moving and it made us realize that we're not just lucky to have Michelle teach our children but Galway is lucky to have her. "
Mum of a super boy, aged 9.
“My daughter has gotten so much from her time with Michelle already, I can see the confidence growing in her. It's wonderful to see her happy and excited about each session.
It's often hard to motivate her, typical autistic brain, she only likes what she likes and if she doesn't find it interesting then she switches off. Michelle is the first person she's asked for extra time with, it's wonderful. Michelle is a total star and an absolute inspiration to my daughter.”
Mum of daughter with ASD, aged 15.
“Our daughter aged 12 wanted to learn more about the skills involved in acting and to learn about it in an individual lesson rather than a group based lesson. We hoped these sessions would enable her to feel more 'at home' in peer groups, especially since she was going to be transitioning to secondary school. Michelle and her sessions proved to be able to achieve both sets of expectations in a natural, unconditional and expansive way. The transition to secondary school was much easier for our daughter and this was very much helped by the way Michelle promotes confidence through the art of drama and self expression. Michelle is a natural teacher and captures the imagination of the student in order to enable it to fly, we are very grateful.”
Mum of girl aged 12.
"It was great to see how my son, Rian actively engaged with Michelle for their sessions. Michelle kept Rian's interest and he was happy to stay at the session for the 40 minutes. A very positive experience for him."
Mum of boy with ASD aged 9.
“Michelle's Speech and Drama classes are brilliant!! My child is quite nervous about group activities but Michelle is a natural teacher and carer and really nurtures children. She is such a hard worker who puts so much effort into every session. I can't praise or recommend her highly enough. We feel lucky to have found her!”
Mum of boy aged 5.
''Our little man received a diagnosis of ASD in June 2016, we couldn't see the wood from the trees. Michelle started coming to our home in September. I couldn't believe the very first time she closed the door and I watched through the glass how he immediately started doing actions with Michelle even more surprising he waited the whole 40 minute session today he still looks forward to Michelle's weekly visit. Michelle has a natural ability in teaching and children are completely drawn to her. Her work with our son is wonderful. ''
Mum of boy with ASD aged 5.
“She’s a happier child – more content – and Michelle has brought that out in her.”
Mum of girl with Down Syndrome aged 16.
“I'm so glad that I found Michelle and Réalta. I wanted my 9 year old son to get a chance to do some drama in order to build up his confidence. Michelle's group was exactly what I was looking for. It's a small group of kids so it's not intimidating and everyone gets to be involved all the time. It was brilliantly organised too - Michelle had come up with all kinds of fun ways to get the kids engaged. My son loved it and best of all, he's really looking forward to going again.”
Mum of boy aged 9.
“I found out about Michelle's "Speech and Drama" program from GAP. I decided to take part of this program because I would like to improve language skills of my son. After first lesson Kuba had brilliant contact with Michelle and he was waiting for the meeting every week. He was very active and had fun during the lessons. This program broke barrier of talking for him. He started expressing his feeling and his mood. It was a small step in the right direction for him after the program.“
Mum of boy with ASD aged 7.
"Our daughters are always asking to go back to Realta summer camp.
They feel inspired, free, encouraged ,playful ,happy and surrounded by friends there.
It is simply a wonderful world for any child!Thank you so much Michelle for creating this universe for them!"
Mum of two wonderful girls, 7 and 12.