Parents Plus Special Needs Programme

What is Parents Plus Special Needs Programme?

The Parents Plus Special Needs Programme has been developed in partnership with parents of adolescents with an intellectual disability and professionals working with families. This is the first programme of its kind developed in Ireland.

The focus of the programme is to support parents in managing issues that are common for families who are raising a teenager who has an intellectual disability.

Visit their website to learn more about how you can benefit from the various programmes Parents Plus offers.

The programme will be next facilitated virtually via zoom in January 2021 by our in-house therapists Ellie Forsyth (occupational therapist) and Lorraine Finn (speech and language therapist).

Some of the topics included in this course are:

For parents:
● Understanding the journey of parenting a child with special needs
● Managing stress and looking after yourself as a parent
● Supporting brothers and sisters and family relationships
● Establishing good family routines
● Managing problem behaviours

For adolescents:
● Supporting good friendships and social opportunities
● Building self-esteem, confidence and independence
● Supporting teenager’s education and development
● Dealing with puberty, sexuality and relationships
● Preparing for future transitions and adulthood

Each session will cover three topics:
● Supporting Families
● Supporting children/young people
● Parent self-care

Cost for 7 week programme including all materials:
€100

If you are parenting a young person who has an intellectual disability and you are interested in attending this parenting programme please contact Ellie@downsyndromecentre.ie to register your interest.

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