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Programme Name Summary of Topics Covered Location: Start Date
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

ADHD, while it affects 5% of the population (or one in 20) is still very much a misunderstood condition. ADHD when identified and treated is a very manageable condition, however the rates for un-diagnosed ADHD in both children and adults is very high in Ireland. This talk will explain what ADHD is and what it is not, what are the treatment routes and tips on how to manage with the condition. This talk is suitable for both parents of children with ADHD and adults living with the condition.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 05/05/2020
Behavioural Therapy / Autism Spectrum Disorder

As the prevalence of ASD has risen over time we will explore what it is, what its characteristics are and how it presents itself differently in individuals. Some parents notice differences from a very young age but for some it’s a bit later. If you’re unsure whether your own child or a child you work with has Autism, or if you just want to increase your knowledge on the condition, this talk will be beneficial. Included also, will be a guide as to what steps can be taken to access a formal assessment.

Naas, Co. Kildare 23/04/2020
Positive Parenting - Bringing up responsible, well-behaved and happy children

Based on his best-selling book 'Positive Parenting' John Sharry will present a practical evidence-based approach to parenting, that allows you to problem solve the most common challenges of childhood, while staying closely connected to your children and encouraging them to grow up to be responsible and independent.

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 23/04/2020
Transitioning to secondary school for children with ASD

Children with ASD can find change difficult, as they rely on routine to sign-post them through social encounters in everyday life. One of the biggest changes is in moving from primary school to secondary school at a time when they are just coming to terms with adapting to normal, busy life. This talk aims to explore the most common issues faced by children and examine some practical and useful tips for parents to help their children make the transition in a controlled and safe and enjoyable manner. The talk will address the following points:
• Before starting school
• Ten Ways to Help Your Child Get Organised
• Going to school – Do’s and Don’ts
• During School – using daily checklist/timetable
• Before Coming Home – Check, Check, Check
• Homework Routine - using weekly checklist/timetable
• Handy Tables/Checklists (handouts on the night)

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 12/05/2020
Baby Sign Language

For parents to connect with other parents with babies of a similar age and to teach their babies to communicate before they can talk. For babies of up to 1 years of age, this course is aimed at Parents teaching Irish sign language through nursery rhymes and poems so that you can teach your baby basic signs.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 29/09/2020
Helping children/adolescents with executive function problems to organise themselves

Human beings have a built-in capacity to meet challenges and accomplish goals through the use of high-level cognitive functions called executive skills. These skills begin to develop in early infancy and continue to develop well into adolescence and early adulthood. These skills are necessary to select and achieve goals or to develop problem solutions. This talk will look at these skills and how to develop strategies to help children/adolescents who struggle with them:
• Planning: The ability to create a map to reach a goal or complete a task. This also includes the ability
• to make decisions about what is important and what is not.
• Organisation: The ability to design and maintain systems for keeping track of information or
• materials.
• Time management: The capacity to understand the importance of time and have the ability
• estimate the amount of time available, how to allocate it to different projects, and how to remain
• within time limits.
• Working memory: The ability to hold information in mind while performing complex tasks.
• Metacognition: The ability to take a step back and review one’s progress, using self-monitoring and self-evaluative skills, e.g. “How am I doing?”, “How did I do?”.

Athy, Co. Kildare 26/05/2020
Sound Massage workshop for Children with Additional Needs and their Families

Introducing sound massage as a complimentary therapeutic support for the wellbeing of children with additional needs and their families.
In a playfully designed session, it will be demonstrated how parents can use singing bowls with their children. Therapeutic singing bowls are positioned on and around the body and are gently played to invite sound vibration into the body. We will explore sound through sound games, using our voice, singing, instruments like the gong, drums, percussion and chimes, sound massage and relaxation to the sounds of these wonderful instruments.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 16/05/2020
ASD-Friendly Sensory Story Time

Join Sharon Curran (MSEN, BA Mont Ed, Dip Hort.) at Leixlip Community Library for a fun, interactive, sensory story time, tailored specially to meet the needs of children with ASD, and incorporating items from the library’s TTT collection.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 25/04/2020
ASD-Friendly Sensory Story Time

Join Sharon Curran (MSEN, BA Mont Ed, Dip Hort.) at Leixlip Community Library for a fun, interactive, sensory story time, tailored specially to meet the needs of children with ASD, and incorporating items from the library’s TTT collection.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 23/05/2020
Developing Play Skills for Children with ASD

Play is the main occupation of a child which promotes engagement and learning, independent performance, social inclusion and the development of visual motor skills and life skills. Play is the foundation of learning to socialize with others and typically happens, voluntarily or spontaneously. For individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) play is often characterized by deficits in reciprocal social, communication, and restricted and repetitive stereotyped patterns of behaviour. In this talk we will discuss practical advice and strategies for parents and caregivers on the following topics:
• The nature and typical development of play
• Using play to develop fine motor, visual perceptual skills and life skills
• Using play to develop language skills, social and emotional skills and problem-solving and thinking skills
• How to promote children with ASD’s engagement in functionally appropriate play
• Naturalistic approaches that focus on developing relationships and affect
• Using play for sensory-motor development, wellness, relaxation, and to promote physical wellbeing
• Structured play dates for success

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 28/05/2020
Building Self Esteem in Children and Teens

The Building Self Esteem talk looks at the following:
What is Self Esteem?
What impacts Self Esteem?
How to promote it in our young people
Signs of healthy and unhealthy self esteem

Naas, Co. Kildare 06/10/2020
Starting Secondary School

The move from primary to secondary school can result in both anxiety and excitement, and that is just for the parents! This is one the most significant transitions our young teens face. The changes are social, emotional and academic as they move from being the 'seniors' in their primary school to the juniors in this new educational environment. In this talk Dr Mary O'Kane offers very practical advice on how we can support students on this new educational journey.

Dr Mary O'Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education. She has a monthly parenting slot on TV show Ireland AM and is also a regular contributor to the Alison Curtis show on Today FM.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 14/05/2020
Dyslexia and the Transition to Secondary School

The transition to secondary school can be a difficult time for any child but can cause specific issues for children with dyslexia. In this talk, we will cover some organisational hints and tips, speaking to teachers, subject choice and Reasonable Accommodations in State examinations.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 28/04/2020
ASD-Friendly Lego Workshop

These workshops for children with ASD and their siblings are designed to focus on improving children's strengths in a social context and to make learning fun. They aim to improve motivation to initiate social contact and sustain inter-action.

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 16/05/2020
Sibling Bullying

This is a talk about an overlooked and unrecognised form of bullying. Sibling Bullying is different from the usual family rows and bickering. It is more prevalent than school bullying. Research finds that between one third and one half of people experience it. This talk aims to inform the community what it is, what it looks like, how to recognise it and how to deal with it. It is also for victims of sibling bullying to help validate and understand their experiences.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 28/04/2020
Sibling Bullying

This is a talk about an overlooked and unrecognised form of bullying. Sibling Bullying is different from the usual family rows and bickering. It is more prevalent than school bullying. Research finds that between one third and one half of people experience it. This talk aims to inform the community what it is, what it looks like, how to recognise it and how to deal with it. It is also for victims of sibling bullying to help validate and understand their experiences.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 10/11/2020
Donor Conception - the practice, legislation and challenges

This is an informative talk about what donor conception is, who the donors are, how the practice works in Ireland, who the donor-conceived community are, existing and upcoming legislation - and the changing definition of 'parentage'.

There will be information on psychological challenges of donor conceived people, first-hand accounts, and how globally they are navigating these new types of family

Naas, Co. Kildare 07/05/2020
Understanding Bullying - empowering children and strategies for intervention

This seminar will take a common sense approach to the complexities of bullying and aims to equip parents to deal with bullying effectively. It will guide parents through why bullying happens, how to recognize it in your child and effective strategies for intervention for you as a parent and for your child.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 14/05/2020
Understanding Bullying - empowering children and strategies for intervention

This seminar will take a common sense approach to the complexities of bullying and aims to equip parents to deal with bullying effectively. It will guide parents through why bullying happens, how to recognize it in your child and effective strategies for intervention for you as a parent and for your child.

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 12/11/2020
Substance Misuse and how to talk to your Teen

This talk will cover the following -
Defining Drugs
Signs and symptoms of Substance Misuse
Drug Categories
How to talk to young people about Substance Misuse
Setting Boundaries

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 05/11/2020
Puberty, Adolescence and ASD - A Guide to Understanding with Brigeeta Mulvihill

This talk will discuss puberty, adolescence and changes teenagers with ASD undergo during this period. Using specific visual strategies and tools, this practical talk will support parents, teachers and caregivers in assisting adolescents to develop techniques to increase self-management.
This talk will cover:
• Changes adolescents with ASD undergo through puberty
• Conversation scripts
• Self-care and hygiene tips
• Visual aids for showering
• Staying safe tips
• Scripts on strangers, secrets and touch
• Social stories on public and private behaviour

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 21/04/2020
Understanding your Teenager

This talk will help parents to understand what is happening emotionally, physically and psychologically during adolescence. It is hoped that such understanding will help make sense of some of the commonly occurring challenges for Parents - such as dealing with impulsivity, risk-taking behaviours and rule-breaking for example. The talk will also explore how this awareness can equip parents to support their children during the teenage years while maintaining a close and nurturing connection.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 28/05/2020
Resilience in a Digital Era

This talk will look at the impact of technology and social media on our mental health, emotional well being and resilience. The presentation will explore ways in which technology can affect our family work and personal ways and describes ways in which we can support our families to be more resilient in this digital era and modern world.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 12/05/2020
Resilience in a Digital Era

This talk will look at the impact of technology and social media on our mental health, emotional well being and will describe ways in which we can support ourselves and our families to become more resilient in the contemporary world and develop better relationship in a digital era.

Naas, Co. Kildare 08/09/2020
Building Self Esteem in Children and Teens

This two week workshop will explore with Parents/ Careers and Guardians what we mean by self esteem, what impacts it, signs of healthy and unhealthy self esteem and how to promote it children and teens.

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 19/05/2020
Building Self Esteem in Children and Teens

What is Self Esteem?
What impacts Self Esteem?
How to promote it in our Young People
Signs of healthy and unhealthy self esteem

Athy, Co. Kildare 15/09/2020
Helping Siblings - When Your Child has an Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia or Related Diagnosis

When your child gets a diagnosis, it can impact on everyone in the family including siblings. This workshop explores how siblings can be affected by the diagnosis, the possible impact on them and provides practical advice and tips for parents to help siblings adjust to the new reality.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 14/05/2020
Yoga Workshop for Children with Additional Needs and their Families

Yoga as a therapeutic process can help children who have a special needs diagnosis gain additional coping skills for day to day life management. Yoga can help the child become strong in mind and in body, helping to build resilience and hone coping skills and mechanisms. Yoga may also help nurture children who have diagnosed with a particular condition, find a place in themselves where they can feel safe and at ease. This interactive workshop will show parents and children some techniques designed to self-calm and regulate which with practice can help children learn to reduce the added anxiety both parents and children may be feeling.

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 25/04/2020

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