Parenting Today 2021 Library Talk - Strategies and supports for Children with Additional Needs in Early Years

This talk is scheduled to arrive online on all Wexford County Council Public Library Service Facebook pages and Wexford Libraries YouTube channel on Thursday 25th February at 8.00pm. It will be available to view at any time after this date.

Speaker: Olive Buckeridge, Down Syndrome Ireland, Early Years Specialist

Olive works with the Down Syndrome Ireland Members Support Team as their Early Years Specialist. She is an experienced speech and language therapist with a particular interest in early year’s development. Olive provides advice and support to parents about early development, early intervention services and early childhood care and education.

She has experience in Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) disorders, Lámh and Assistive Technology.

This presentation will focus on factors that can inhibit learning:

  • Auditory processing/memory and short term memory difficulties: learning from listening can be difficult
  • Motor skills delays (gross / fine motor)
  • Shorter concentration span
  • Medical/Sleep/Behavioural Issues
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Hearing and vision
  • Speech and language delays/difficulties

Olive will discuss strategies to support development and learning using:

  • Visuals
  • Signing
  • Behavioural supports
  • Sensory supports

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