Saturday 17 November 2018

Mother's life a constant fight for her severely disabled son

Sinead has to dodge slaps from her disabled son who needs constant care, yet HSE declines therapy, writes Alan O'Keeffe

Sinead and Keith Tighe with their son Daniel, who requires constant care. Photo: Mark Condren
Sinead and Keith Tighe with their son Daniel, who requires constant care. Photo: Mark Condren

Alan O'Keeffe

Daniel Tighe is only 11 years old, but he is a strong boy and is intellectually disabled, too. By the time he has finished growing, he might stand seven feet tall - but even now, before he reaches his teenage years, his mother Sinead has grown accustomed to receiving an onslaught of slaps as her beloved son's frustration turns into aggression.

Yet her plea for the help of a behavioural therapist who might unravel the complex strands of her son's tantrums and violence has been refused by the HSE.

"Daniel has pulled my hair, walloped me, and gets me in a headlock… I've learned to have quick reflexes," said Sinead Tighe (45).

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