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Toys, Technology, & Training Events for February, March and April 2017

 

Download TTT Project 2017 Booklet here for all details about upcoming events in Kildare. 

This series of TTT talks and workshops has been organised by Kildare Library Service as part of our Toys, Technology and Training Project and is funded by Kildare County Council.

Attendance at all of the events is free of charge and open to everyone but advance booking is required. Please contact the library where the talk is happening to book your place.

A brochure outlining the full programme of talks and workshops for 2017 is available from your local library. For further information please check out www.kildare.ie/library

See below the talks for February, March and April:

Helping primary school children with issues such as Dyspraxia, Asperger’s, ADHD / ADD, Down Syndrome prepare to transition to secondary school

-  Dr. Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist

Leixlip Library : Tuesday 21st March 7pm

Dr Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with this population.  It will cover issues such as: 

  • The issues that are challenging when transitioning to secondary school
  • The preparation needed to prepare the child for the transition
  • Strategies that will help with organisation and secondary school readiness
  • Strategies to promote inclusion once the student is there
  • Poor coordination and balance
  • Difficulty organising self              
  • Has difficulty paying attention

 

Visual Strategies and Self-Management

  - Audrey Cully, Behaviour Therapist

Leixlip Library – Thursday 9th March 7pm

This talk provides information on the use of visual strategies as a tool used to aid understanding of daily/weekly activities, the sequence of when these activities will occur, and strategies that will promote self-management of the individual’s behaviour.  Visual aids have been proven to be very effective with individual’s who find language difficult to understand.  The use of visual aids can be very beneficial both in classroom settings and in the home environment, often leading to an increase in positive behaviour in both settings. 

 

Motor Development and Your Child

– Sunflower Clinic, Occupational Therapy

Naas Library – Saturday 11th March 10.30am

This talk deals with concept of typical motor development and some of the issues that arise when a child experiences a delay in their development.

These issues can be diagnosed as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and/or Dyspraxia. This talk will explain the differences and how the equipment available to borrow (free of charge) at your local library can help address some of the issues that may affect your child.

 

Mental Health Management for People with “Hidden” Disabilities

- Michael Ryan, Counsellor

Athy Library – Tuesday 14th March 7pm

This talk will look at an overview of the conditions and syndromes – such as Asperger’s, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and ADHD. It will outline what are the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and when to become concerned. Michael will outline strategies for the stressed person, as well as self-care for the caregiver and suggestions to prevent future stress for everyone

 

I am concerned that my child may have an additional need...what do I do?

 Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA)

Newbridge Library – Wednesday 15th March 11am

The aim of this talk is to give parents information on what to do if they are concerned their child may have a disability. It will give parents information on where to go to have their child assessed and will explain how to go about accessing supports

 

Guest Speaker

Gareth Noble, Solicitor

Newbridge Library – Tuesday 21st March 7pm

Gareth Noble has a particular interest in juvenile justice and currently heads up the firm’s Children’s Law Department at Kelleher O’Doherty.Gareth is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading litigators in the area of children with disabilities. He has successfully represented many families in challenging the law in respect of Domiciliary Care Allowances, Carer’s Allowance and services for children.

Gareth also acts in Education Law cases for children and families in respect of school bullying, disciplinary issues and other educational law entitlements. He has also provided advice to educational institutions on policy formation and implementation.

Gareth has represented clients before the Residential Institutions Redress Board in respect of children in the care of the state.He is a member of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and has lectured in Criminal and Constitutional law, Child Law and Human Rights law.

Gareth will discuss using the law to ensure rights of children and their parents are protected and enhanced. He will draw on his experiences with various state  agencies and the courts in informing parents of how to ensure entitlements for their children can be progressed

 

My child has been diagnosed with and additional need...what do I do now?

 – Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA)

Naas Library – Wednesday 22nd March 11am

This talk is aimed at parents whose child has recently been identified as having a disability. It will look at the range of supports and services available to families, what the law says in relation to the provision of services and how the HSE delivers such supports.

 

Open Sesame: Using Music Therapeutically for Children with Varying Needs

 – Bill Ahessy

Naas Library – Thursday 23rd March 7pm

An overview of music therapy will be presented including goals and objectives for children with a variety of needs. Video and audio case examples will illuminate the therapeutic process involved.

During the workshop Bill will also demonstrate way to use music therapeutically and intentionally to work on communication, social cognitive and motor areas.

Resource packs will be provided for all attendees.

This talk will be of interest to parents, teachers, SNAs, therapists and other professionals working with children with special needs.

 

Study Skills for Older Children and Teens with Dyslexia

 Dr. Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist

Kildare Library - **Please note the change of date for this talk – now taking place on Thursday 1st June 7pm instead of March date as advertised previously and in brochure **

Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist will host an evening that is aimed at parents, students with Dyslexia, teachers and those who work with this population.  This talk will help students learn how to prepare for exams and will cover issues such as: 

  • Understanding how dyslexia can impact studying
  • Preparing to study
  • Using your own learning style
  • How to read to understand
  • How to take notes
  • Memory strategies

 

Social Skills for Teens

Dr. Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist

Athy Library : Tuesday 28th March 7pm

Dr Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with teenagers with conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, DCD/Dyspraxia etc. It will cover the following issues:

  • Developmental strategies of communication for adolescents
  • Making and maintaining friendships
  • Teaching body language
  • Being assertive and dealing with conflict

 

What is Dyslexia?

 Amy Smyth, Information Officer from Dyslexia Association of Ireland

Newbridge Library – Tuesday 28th March 7pm

In this talk, we will discover what Dyslexia is, the causes and what we can do to make life easier for someone with Dyslexia. We will also cover how to get an assessment for a child or adult with Dyslexia, common indicators of Dyslexia, Dyslexia in school and technology that may help dyslexic children in their day to day and school life. There will also be lots of time put aside for participants to ask our Information Officer any questions that they may have about Dyslexia.

 

Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) in Secondary School

Dr. Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist

Athy Library – Tuesday 4th April 7pm

Secondary School presents many new challenges for young people with DCD/Dyspraxia. Dr. Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with teenagers with DCD/Dyspraxia. It will cover the following issues:

  • Challenges faced in secondary school
  • Reasonable accommodations to the state exams – what do the new guidelines mean?
  • Strategies to help
  • Who needs to know what

 

Social and Communication Skills for Children

Dr. Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist

Kildare Library – Thursday 27th April 7pm

Dr. Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with children with conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) etc. It will cover the following issues:

  • What should we expect at the different stages of development?
  • What skills to teach, how to teach them and when to teach them
  • How do I help my child deal with conflict?

 

Continuous Professional Development Certificates of Attendance for all TTT and Let’s Talk about Parenting events in 2017 will only be given in person on the evening/day of the event. So please remember to ask for your cert before you leave as we will not be able to provide them at a later date.

For up to date details of future talks and events relating to the TTT Project please email us and ask to join our mailing list at leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Attendance at all of the events is free of charge and open to everyone but advance booking is required. Please contact the library where the talk is happening to book your place.

Sign up for our email service through your local library to receive monthly mailing information on these and all library events.

Athy Library : Tel 059 8631144 Email athylib@kildarecoco.ie

Celbridge Library : Tel 01 6272207 Email: celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

Kildare Town Library: Tel 045 530235 Email: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie

Leixlip Library: Tel: 01 6060050 Email: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Maynooth Library : Tel 01 6285530 Email: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie

Naas Library: Tel 045 879111 Email: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie

Newbridge Library: Tel 045 448353 Email: newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

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