Wexford Parents Hub Programmes

List of Wexford Parents Hub Programmes with nearest upcoming dates.

Tusla, Barnardos, Youth New Ross, Gorey Youth Needs and Family Resource Centres across the county provide a free, confidential drop in support service for parents and carers where they can discuss a concern they have about their child. Help and support can be provided on a range of issues affecting children from 0-18years. This could include baby basics, behavioural difficulties, parenting dilemmas, issues in school, relationships, concerns around drugs or alcohol etc.

Trained staff will provide help and support or signpost you to the most appropriate service for your family.

Upcoming Dates for Family Support Drop In

Date Venue Tel
Wed 2nd Dec South West Wexford Family Resource Centre, Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co Wexford 051 389418
Wed 2nd Dec Youth New Ross, The Bullawn, New Ross, New Ross, Co Wexford 087 093 9296
Wed 2nd Dec PPFS Wexford, Co Wexford 087 909 6596
Thu 3rd Dec Gorey Family Resource Centre, 4 Charlotte Row, Upper Main Street, Gorey, Co Wexford (053) 948 9017
Thu 3rd Dec South West Wexford Family Resource Centre, Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co Wexford 051 389418

The goal of the Non Violent Resistance Programme (NVR) is to provide parents with the skills to use when they experience child to parent violence in their home.

It is an evidence supported, brief, structured and respectful response to the problem of child to parent violence. It aims to empower and support parents/carers in preventing and responding to the controlling and violent behaviour of children and teenagers.

Course Duration: 8-12 weeks, Groups or one to one

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Speaker: Peadar Maxwell, Chartered Psychologist

Join Pychologist Peadar Maxwell as he explains the building blocks for raising confident, competent children. The talk will focus on the emotional and social skills that your child needs in order to thrive at home, in school and throughout life:

* Learn to treat others with respect and consideration

* Develop good communication and social skills

* Become independent

* Develop healthy self-esteem

* Become good problem solvers

Peadar Maxwell is the Senior Psychologist in the Child, Adolescent and Family Department team with the HSE, Wexford. Peadar has practised psychology, specialising in child, adolescent and family psychology for twenty years and is a highly experienced public speaker in the area of family support.

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Speaker: Ken Kilbride, CEO at ADHD Ireland

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical/neurobiological condition that affects many children in Ireland. It often exists in tandem with other conditions. The good news is that ADHD is a very treatable condition. Come to meet Ken and learn how you can help your child to reach their full potential and lead their best lives.

You will hear about:

* Diagnosis

* Core Behaviours

* Treatment

* Education

* Resources

Questions and dialogue will be welcomed.

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Speaker: Marie Cantwell - Asthma Ireland

Anyone can develop asthma but it is particularly common in Ireland affecting over 380,000 adults and children. The Asthma Society of Ireland dedicates itself to helping all those affected by asthma.

This talk will focus on:

• Asthma Medication: information and advice about different types of medications

• Inhalation Techniques: how to optimise the benefits of medication for your child

• Asthma Action Plan: put together a document that contains all the information needed to keep your child’s asthma under control

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Speaker: Public Health Nurse

Breastfeeding offers a newborn’s first vaccine, providing vital antibodies and an immunity boost. It is one of the most effective ways to provide your child with the best start in life. To mark World Breast Feeding Week, Gorey Library will host this talk to support parents in breastfeeding and to emphasise the benefits of establishing exclusive breastfeeding. Feeding babies breast milk for the first six months has a myriad of benefits, among them, it promotes brain development, protects against allergies and eczema, reduces the risk of viruses and reduces the risk of children becoming overweight.

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Speaker: Dr. David Maloney, Cognitive Psychologist and Accredited Psychotherapist

Dr. David Maloney will talk about effective communication between parents and their children. His talk explores reasons for poor communication as well as practical parenting strategies that improve it. David’s talk will also outline the major causes of stress/anxiety in young people and how effective communication can improve emotional wellbeing and the development of resilience.

Dr. David Maloney is a Cognitive Psychologist and Accredited Psychotherapist. He has conducted research into adolescent emotional wellbeing and delivered interventions to develop resilience and emotional self-regulation in young people.

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Speaker: Vivian Brodie Hayes

It is important to teach your teen a variety of healthy stress management techniques to help with overcoming anxiety at home, at school and with their peers, and how to support them in coping with feeling overwhelmed, and ultimately how to stay calm and to build a balanced life. Vivian is a highly qualified yoga and Pilates teacher and has extensive experience working with families, schools and community groups to support physical and mental well-being in adolescents.

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Speaker: Vivian Brodie Hayes

Constant stress can stop us from enjoying our family life and can have many negative health effects. If you are looking to improve the quality of your family life, come along and learn skills for de-stressing with Vivian. Be guided in how to use these tools effectively to promote a calmer happier family life for everyone. Vivian is a highly experienced yoga teacher working in a variety of settings with children and adults of all abilities.

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Speaker: Olive Buckeridge, Down Syndrome Ireland

This is an interactive workshop for parents of babies and young children to support early communication. Topics will include:

* Strategies to promote play and language development

* What you can do to best support your child’s communication development

* How to use everyday routines as an opportunity for learning

Activities and strategies to help your child develop will include:

* Eye contact

* Turn taking

* Joint attention

* Play skills

Olive is Early Years Specialist with Down Syndrome Ireland. She is also an experienced speech and language therapist with a particular interest in early year’s development. Olive provides advice and support to parents from early development, early intervention services and early childcare and education.

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Speaker: Gavin McDonnell, Down Syndrome Ireland

“See and Learn” resources are designed to meet the specific learning needs of children with Down syndrome. They can also be helpful for other children experiencing similar learning challenges. Children with Down syndrome often need more explicit instruction, together with lots of practice and rehearsal to learn and retain new skills. “See and Learn” resources are designed to be easy to use at home by parents and carers for regular teaching and practice. They are also suitable for use in schools for additional one-to-one targeted teaching and in individual and group therapy sessions. Join Gavin McDonnell to learn more about:

* “See and Learn” Speech to develop their speech sound system, and to produce clear speech

* “See and Learn” Language and Reading is designed to teach children with Down Syndrome early vocabulary, sight words, simple phrases and sentences, and grammar rules

* “See and Learn” Numbers is designed to teach young children to count, to link numbers to quantity and to understand important concepts about the number system

Gavin is the “See and Learn” Project Officer with Down Syndrome Ireland, offering training to early years educators. Gavin has a younger brother who has Down Syndrome. His background is in Psychology and he is currently working on his Masters with the ultimate aim of working as a clinical psychologist specialising in Down Syndrome.

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Speaker: Andy Hargreaves

Just as you protect your children against illnesses like measles, you can also help to ‘immunize’ them against drug use by giving them the facts before they’re in a risky situation. Children who aren’t properly informed are at greater risk of engaging in unsafe behaviours so parents are vital in preventing misinformation and experimentation. This talk will be informal and will look at how drug use can affect individuals, families, communities and society. Questions will be encouraged.

Andy is the HSE Drug Education Officer in Wexford. He has many years of experience in this area working in Wexford, Waterford and Carlow.

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Speaker: Amy Smyth, Dyslexia Association of Ireland

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, Amy will cover:

* Some organisational hints and tips

* Speaking to teachers

* Subject choices

* Reasonable Accommodations in State examinations

Amy Smyth is the Information and Advocacy Coordinator with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Amy herself is dyslexic and understands the challenges that your children can face.

She has a background in law and has wide experience in the area of facilitating access to education for young people.

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Speaker: Harry Conway - Dyspraxia Ireland

Dyspraxia, also known as DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) is a common condition affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.

Meet Harry as he explains Dyspraxia/DCD, with information and advice for parents and carers of children affected. Questions will be welcomed at this talk as Harry offers support and strategies

covering diagnostic services, appropriate treatments and therapies, support groups and workshops.

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Speaker: Amy Smyth, Dyslexia Association of Ireland

Dyslexia is a difference in the way that the brain processes language and it can be challenging as a parent or carer to encourage children to view reading as something positive. There are enormous educational and personal benefits associated with reading for pleasure so come along to discover how to support your child to read successfully.

There will be advice and information, including tips on what books to read, the different ways of helping, and moving on to solo reading. Amy will advise on practical strategies that parents can implement themselves to help their children

Amy Smyth is the Information and Advocacy coordinator with the Dyslexia Association of Ireland . Amy herself is dyslexic and understands the challenges that your children can face. She has a background in law and has wide experience in the area of facilitating access to education for young people.

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Facilitator: Triona Shalloe, Sports Active Wexford

Families are invited along to New Ross Library Park to experience and enjoy lots of sports taster sessions with representatives from the FAI, Rugby and GAA. There’s fun on offer for parents too, you can try activator poles to improve core strength and promote functional gait pattern and Go for Life Games. Come along to take part in this celebration of physical activity and sport for all the family!

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Speaker: Ryan Cleary (Order of Malta)

Would you know what to do to help your child in the event of an accident or emergency?

Learning the basics can save a life. At this event you will learn about:

* Activating the emergency services

* Wounds and Bleeding

* Burns and Scalds

* Poisons

* Choking

* What to do if your child bangs their head

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Speaker: Erica Hargaden, Babogue Sleep Solutions

Do you struggle to get your baby/child to sleep?

What should you do when you experience multiple wakes throughout the night?

In this workshop, certified child sleep consultant and mother of three, Erica will cover why sleep is so important, what happens when we sleep and what constitutes healthy sleep in babies and children.

Guidelines will be given on how to recognise sleep issues versus healthy sleep habits. Overviews will be given on why such sleep issues arise and practical advice given on how to resolve them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at these sessions.

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Facilitators: Library Staff

Talking, listening and laughing with your child are some of the most valuable ways to enjoy spending time together. One of the best ways to combine all of the above is sharing picture books! Join us this Summer for a super story time on Saturdays with oodles of interactive fun and associated crafts for everyone.

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Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Long

This event will cover:

• The benefits of reading

• The importance of talking together

• Reading-based games and activities

• Supporting younger, developing and independent readers

• Tips for encouraging reluctant and struggling readers

• Suggested books

Rebecca has a PhD in Children’s Literature and works as a highly regarded children’s book

reviewer for Inis Magazine, Children’s Books Ireland and Little Island Children’s Books. She

has been working as a Book Doctor with Children’s Books Ireland since 2016 and also works

together with NALA to promote literacy.

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Speaker: Peadar Maxwell (Chartered Psychologist)

Adolescence is a time of significant life transitions, physical changes, emotional and intellectual demands, as well as the added pressures of being a modern-day teenager. In this workshop, you will learn about your teenager’s adolescent brain and:

• The Importance of Staying Connected

• Friends & Relationships

• Understanding Anger

• Encouraging Responsibility

• Promoting Independence

• Planning for Risk

• Problem Solving

Peadar Maxwell is the senior Psychologist for the Primary Care Child and Adolescent team within the HSE in Wexford. Peadar has practised psychology, specialising in child, adolescent and family psychology, for twenty years and is a seasoned public speaker in the area of child development

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Speaker: Carina McEvoy, Therapist & Author

After this workshop you will:

• Know exactly what anxiety is and the science behind it

• Know how your child experiences anxiety in their body and displays it in their language and behaviour

• Know how you can limit the hyper-anxiety currently being experienced today

• Know how to talk to your child about anxiety

• Carry out a collection of therapeutic techniques to relieve your child’s anxiety

Carina is the author of ‘Sometimes I worry…how about you?’ and ‘Sometimes my child worries…what do I do? She has worked previously as a secondary school teacher and is qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Carina battled social phobia, OCD, self-harm, depression and severe anxiety in her teenage years and early adulthood. She works very successfully with parents and schools all over Wexford to advise and support them in helping their children to overcome anxiety issues.

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Speaker: Katie O’Brien

Katie will give offer a brief explanation of mindfulness to parents and carers. You will learn how your children can use it in their daily lives to have a positive impact on their stress levels. The workshop will also give parents ideas they can use at home to encourage their children to be more mindful. It will be an experiential workshop and will be particularly useful for parents who feel their child is anxious and want to learn practical positive and simple strategies to help them

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Speaker: Sharon Hayden (NPC)

Second level is a big change in a student’s life. After eight years of being surrounded by classmates they have known since junior infants, they are catapulted into an unfamiliar world of lockers, complicated timetables, new demands from teachers, new social circles and - as if that wasn’t enough – puberty. Planning is key to success.

Sharon will talk you through:

* Preparing your child for post primary school

* Subject choices

* School policies

* Home school communication

* People you might meet in post primary school

* Parent/Teacher meetings

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Speaker: Peadar Maxwell, Chartered Psychologist

Making time for self-care is hard for parents. As parents and carers we tend to put the needs of our children first, often running ourselves ragged in the process. Remember the old adage of the oxygen mask, ’You have to put on your own mask first, before you can help others with theirs’. The results of looking after yourself are that you become happier and less stressed and your children will also be happier, less stressed and less likely to ‘act out’. Join Peadar to learn more about this important topic.

Peadar Maxwell is the Senior Psychologist in the Child, Adolescent and Family Department team with the HSE, Wexford. Peadar has practised psychology, specialising in child, adolescent and family psychology for twenty years and is a highly experienced public speaker in the area of family support.

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Speaker: Joanne O’Gorman

Play is incredibly important to healthy brain development in young children. Join Joanne to learn how you, as a parent can help your child to develop their imagination, creativity, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength through play.

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Speakesr: Frank Turner and Niamh Turner - TekCentral

If you have tweens or teens, you know how much they love TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat. And if you can’t figure out how it works, you’re like most parents, wondering…

• What’s the deal with ‘rinstas’ and ‘finstas’ Snap Map, Discover and Snapstreaks?

• How to manage Digital Wellbeing and privacy settings on your TikTok account

• Are they safe and how do they work?

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Speaker: Peadar Maxwell, Chartered Psychologist

Your patience is running low, your frustration is running high, and your kid is running everywhere! We’ve all had bad days when we’ve used up everything in our bag of tricks and nothing seems to calm the craziness. If time-outs and other traditional discipline methods don’t seem to be working, trying another approach is probably a good idea. Learn from Peadar Maxwell how to manage your child’s behaviour constructively and discover how to put in place, discipline strategies that really work.

Peadar Maxwell is the Senior Psychologist in the Child, Adolescent and Family Department team with the HSE, Wexford. Peadar has practised psychology, specialising in child, adolescent and family psychology for twenty years and is a highly experienced public speaker in the area of family support

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Speakers: Dr. Fiona Ryan and Clara Jacob, Speech & Language Therapists

This workshop will offer information about the development of early attention, play and communication skills and play attention. It will look at strategies to support communication in young children and offer advice about delayed communication.

Dr. Fiona Ryan works in Enniscorthy Health Centre providing a Speech and Language Therapy service to children and adolescents from birth to 18 years of age. She works with young people presenting with a range of difficulties such as language delay and disorder, speech delay and disorder, stuttering and voice disorders. Clara Jacob is a CORU registered Speech & Language Therapist working in HSE Community Services in County Wexford.

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The Adolescents Programme considers how parents can connect with and build good relationships with their teenage children, while also being firm and influential in their lives.

Topics Covered:

  • Getting to know and connecting with your teenager

  • Communicating positively and effectively

  • Building your teenager’s self-esteem and confidence

  • Negotiating rules and boundaries

  • Teaching teenagers responsibility

  • Positive discipline for teenagers

  • Managing conflict

  • Solving problems together

Course Duration: 12 Weeks

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Targeting the needs of primary school children, the Parents Plus Children’s Programme shows parents how to communicate positively with children by illustrating ways to encourage good social skills as well as well-researched methods to tackle behaviour problems.

The aims of the course are to help parents not only solve discipline and other childhood problems, but also for parents to develop closer and more satisfying relationships with their children.

Topics Covered:

  • Solving childhood problems

  • Play and special time with children

  • Building children’s self-esteem and confidence

  • Encouraging children’s learning/supporting homework

  • Setting rules and helping children keep them

  • Establishing daily routines

  • Managing misbehaviour using consequences and sanctions

  • Problem solving/talking problems through with children

Course Duration: 8 Weeks

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This programme is ideal for parents who want to maximise their children’s learning, language, and social development as well as reduce behaviour problems while ensuring their children can grow up happy and emotionally secure. The programme is suitable both for children within the normal range of development as well as children with special needs such as ADHD, speech and language and other developmental difficulties.

Topics Covered:

  • Being a responsive parent

  • Child-centered play and communication

  • Supporting children’s self-esteem and confidence

  • Promoting children’s language and development

  • Helping children concentrate and learn

  • Building cooperation in young children

  • Establishing daily routines

  • Managing tantrums, misbehavior and problems

Course Duration: 9 Weeks

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Family separation can put extra stress on both parents and children and brings new challenges. Drawing on international long-term evidence, the Parenting when Separated Programme is a six week course that highlights practical steps parents can take to help their children cope and thrive as well as coping successfully themselves

Topics Covered:

  • Solving co-parenting problems in a positive way that focus on the needs of children

  • Cope with the emotional impact of separation and learn stress management techniques

  • Help your children cope with the impact of the separation both emotionally and practically

  • Enhance communication with their children and with their children’s other parent

Course Duration: 6 Weeks

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Rainbows is a service for children and young people experiencing loss following bereavement and parental separation.  The Rainbows service is an inclusive service, supporting children and young people experiencing grief and loss resulting from bereavement/parental separation/parental relationship breakdown /divorce.  Attending the programme provides children with an opportunity to meet with other children of a similar age and loss experience.

Rainbows is a 9 week group programme and is suitable for children from 7years onwards.

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The Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is an evidence-based 14-week family skills training programme that involves the parents and teens/children in three classes run on the same night once a week. Families enjoy a meal on arrival, then parents and teens /children engage in separate skills based sessions for 1 hour. This is followed by a family skills session in the second hour, where skills are practiced with parents and teens/children.

Course Duration: 14 Weeks

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TLC Kidz is a group programme for children and mothers recovering from domestic abuse. The programme aims to help children heal from the impact of domestic abuse, and to help mothers in understanding their child’s experiences in order to support their recovery.

Throughout the programme the wellbeing of children and mothers is promoted by validating their experiences, safety planning, social support, teaching appropriate expression of difficult emotions and improving communication between children and mothers

Course Duration: 12 Weeks

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