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Free Lectures and Workshops for teenagers and parents with special needs

Free Lectures and Workshops for teenagers and parents with special needs           reply
29/08/2012 08:48 - Special Needs / Tutors Required (Locality: Kildare)
Helping to ‘bully-proof’ children and teenagers with special needs

Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with children and teenagers with Asperger’s syndrome, Dyspraxia and / or ADHD. The presentation aims to be an introduction into this area. It will cover issues such as:
· Helping the child recognise what bullying behaviour is
· Teaching ways to handle bullying behaviour
· Resources that can help you to help your child
Thursday 11th October 7pm Leixlip Library
Thursday 25th October 7pm Naas Library
Tuesday 6th November 7pm Kildare Library

Asperger’s and Girls

The ratio of male to females with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome is approximately 10:1, however many experts in the field argue that the ratio may actually be 4:1 as many of these girls go undiagnosed due to their different presentation from boys. This can lead to years of confusion and misunderstanding for them. This talk is aimed at parents, carers and teachers of female children and teenagers with Asperger’s syndrome. More mature females with Asperger’s may also benefit from this talk. Issues to be covered will include:
· What does Asperger’s syndrome look like in girls?
· Educating the female student with Asperger’s syndrome
· Preparing for puberty and beyond
Thursday 22nd November 7pm Naas Library
Thursday 29th November 7pm Leixlip Library

Role of the Speech and Language Therapist

Claire Kennedy will introduce the role of a Speech and Language Therapist and the application of Speech and Language Therapy techniques in everyday activities with children. She will demonstrate these techniques using examples from the range of items available to borrow free from the TTT Collection through Kildare Library Service
Claire will also discuss:
• Speech Therapy and Early Intervention
• Speech Therapy and Getting Set for School
• Speech Therapy and Literacy
• Questions from the audience
Tuesday 25th September 7pm Athy Library
Thursday 27th September 7pm Naas Library
Tuesday 2nd October 7pm Leixlip Library

Nutrition for Children with Special Needs
Rina Whyte, Nutritionist

This seminar looks at food as more than ‘fuel’ and the proven benefits of nutrition on attention span, concentration, emotional response and mood. The seminar will look at foods that are particularly beneficial and there will be space for public and private questions afterwards so that specific questions can be answered.
Tuesday 20th November 7pm Kildare Library
Thursday 22nd November 7pm Leixlip Library
Tuesday 27th November 7pm Naas Library

Contact the libraries:
Athy Library -  phone 059 8631144
Kildare Library - phone 045 530626
Leixlip Library - phone 01 6060050
Maynooth Library - phone 01 6285530
Naas Library - phone 045 879111

Dorothy is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Maynooth. She has both a degree and a Masters and is currently studying towards a PhD in the area of dyspraxia. She is also a lecturer in occupational therapy at the National University of Galway.

Clare Kennedy is a Speech and Language Therapist with Sensational Kids, Kildare Town

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