NATIONAL PARENTS WEEK 2014 20th to 26th October

Celebrate National Parents Week 2014

During National Parents Week, we celebrate parents and families.  We want parents to know that there is help and support for them – over the phone or face to face

Just call 1890 927277 or 01 8733500

ADHD Awareness Day

Hadd in Association with Saint John of God Hospital
Adhd Awareness Day – Public Lecture

Monday 13th October, 2014

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One Family

One Family are hosting a seminar in Dublin Castle on Tuesday 21 October from 1.30pm-4.30pm that will be of particular interest to our colleagues working in the sector and/or with families, in celebration of National Parents Week. We’ll have some exciting announcements! These include information about our new and extended parenting services, our professional development service, the unveiling of a brand new manual, and the chance to try out a selection of free ‘taster’ experiential workshops for yourself. A panel of esteemed experts will share insights and knowledge on a range of topics inspired by the event title and theme of Positive Parenting for Changing Families. We would be delighted if you join us. Click here to RSVP.

Smart Moves – Motor Skills Development Group

In Association with the Dyspraxia Association of Ireland

Supporting Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting for Children with Dyspraxia
Do you work with children with Dyspraxia/ Developmental Co-ordination Disorder?
Or children with special needs ?

Would you like a comprehensive support package to develop the children’s movement skills which is fun and easy to use?
If so, then why not attend a one day practical workshop led by Sharon Drew.

Sharon Drew is an international trainer and a well known author of many practical resources for teachers and therapists in the UK. The Smart Moves Development Programme has been designed to specifically offer teachers, special needs co-ordinators, parents and therapists a comprehensive tool to help support and develop children’s gross motor skills.

This informative and fun workshop will offer participants the ability to:

  • Explore the comprehensive Smart Moves programme which will enables them to:
  • Profile children with motor co-ordination difficulties
  • Design a simple, effective and tailored programme for each child
  • Introduce more than a hundred activities and games which can be used as part of a PE lesson, targeted group activities in school, or therapy programme.
  • Monitor, evaluate and reward the progress that each child makes
  • Gain hands on experience of a range of activities and games from the pack.
  • Can’t Write Won’t Write…Handwriting issues
  • Start Write, fun and practical activity ideas to support fine motor skills.

Book online

Tour Dates


On:  Sunday  Oct.19th
Registration: 9.15 am
Workshop  Time: 9.45 am – 3.00 pm.
Venue: Clarion Hotel,Liffey Valley.
Cost: €50  Includes tea/coffee/light lunch


On:  Thursday Oct.16th
Registration: 9.15 am
Workshop  Time: 9.45 am – 3.00 pm.
Venue: Midleton Park Hotel.
Cost: €50  Includes tea/coffee/light lunch


On:  Saturday  Oct.18th
Registration: 9.15 am
Workshop  Time: 9.45 am – 3.00 pm.
Venue: Ardilaun Hotel,Salthill.Co.Galway.
Cost: €50  Includes tea/coffee/light lunch


On: Friday Oct.17th
Registration: 9.15 am
Workshop  Time: 9.45 am – 4.00 pm.
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Community, Childers Road,Rosbrien, Limerick
Cost: €50  Includes tea/coffee/light lunch

Dyspraxia Association of Ireland

Dyspraxia Evening Talks

Talk Venue; RUA RED
South Dublin Arts Centre ,Tallaght,Dublin 24.

Weds; Oct 29th: 7.30 pm.

Time: 7.30 pm –9.30 pm

Prof.Amanda Kirby

Dyspraxia: ‘The Manual You Were Never Given’
Developing a manual to support those with Dyspraxia
Having the ‘basic/essential skills’ for life
• Being able to plan and organise life and manage time
• Seeing yourself positively
• Being self motivated

Prof.Amanda Kirby; advisor to the Dyspraxia Association of Ireland since 1995.

Professor Kirby also has a chair in developmental disorders in education at the University of South Wales, UK. She founded and has run the Dyscovery Centre since 1997, an interdisciplinary centre providing assessment and intervention for children and adults with a range of developmental disorders including Dyspraxia (also known as DCD), ADHD, Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders.

To Book a place call Dyspraxia 01 8747085 or book online.

Understanding Gifted Children

One day conference for Parents and Teachers of Gifted Children

World renowned expert speakers including:

  • Prof. Amy Shelton (Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University) (Morning)
  • Prof. Albert Ziegler (Int. Research Ass. for Talent Development, University of Erlangen-Nuremburg) (Morning)
  • Dr. Lianne Hoogeveen (Center for Study of Giftedness, Radboud University) (Morning)
  • Dr. Niamh Stack (Scottish Network for Able Pupils, University of Glasgow) (Morning)
  • Dr. Csill Fuszek (European Talent Center, Budapest) (Afternoon)
  • Prof. Regina Connolly (DCU Business School) (Afternoon)
  • Prof. Tracy Cross (Center for Gifted Education, College of William & Mary) (Afternoon)

Morning Discussion Topics:

Science of Learning
Academic Acceleration
Supporting the high ability child at school

Afternoon Discussion Topics:
Social & Emotional Development of Gifted Children
Building a Talent Support Network
Cyber-bullying and the Highly Able Child

Saturday 18th October 2014: 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Cost: €50 full day (includes lunch of soup and sandwich) or €25 half day (AM or PM)
Lynne Mooney
Young Student Manager
CTY Ireland
Ph: 01 7005090

‘Family Focus’ Drug Education Programmes

‘Family Focus’ Drug Education Programmes are taking place in the following communities during Parentline National Parents Week.

  • Donabate Community College
  • St Joseph’s NS Priorswood
  • Cabra Parkside Sports and Leisure Club
  • St Feargals NS Bray
  • St Wolstans Community School, Celbridge

Delivered within a health promoting framework, our six session programme provides participants with and opportunity to:

  •  To update information on drugs including alcohol
  • To explore attitudes, beliefs and decisions about substance misuse and,
  • To develop a family focused drug prevention strategy.

Contact Bernie Mc Donnell, Director of Services, Community Awareness of Drugs, 01 878 3656/ 087 2464995