| Session 1: Dr. Dorothy Armstrong: Too loud, too bright and the seams on my socks hurt

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This Webinar is for parents, teachers, Neurodiverse adults and those who work with people with sensory processing challenges. The webinar is aimed at enabling people to develop a greater understanding of Sensory Processing issues and the strategies that can help.

Dr. Armstrong's powerpoint presentation to accompany the talk is available here.Too Loud Too Bright and the seams of my socks hurt.pdf (size 2.4 MB)

| Session 2: Dr. Blánaid Gavin: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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 Dr. Blánaid Gavin works as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the school of medicine UCD. This talk will provide an overview of ADHD; the causes of ADHD; how it is diagnosed; how it may impact on functioning and how children and teenagers with ADHD can be supported.


| Session 3: Mr Adam Harris: Understanding Autism: Creating an inclusive community

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Adam will explore his experience growing up on the Autism Spectrum in Ireland. He will discuss the differences autistic people experience in day-to-day life, and the challenges that exist due to lack of understanding of autism. Adam will speak about the strengths of autistic people and how small changes can make a big difference in creating an autism-friendly community.


| Session 4: Michael Ryan: Supporting your Neuro-Diverse and LGBT+ teen.

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In this talk Michael will explore the world of neuro diverse teens who also identify as being LGBT+. He will look at the prevalence of having both identities and ways in which those who are in their circles can best support them as navigate the world. The talk will be suitable for parents/guardians, teens, siblings (teen=), friends and professionals in their lives.

Michael Ryan (MIACP) is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and author who works with children and teenagers in Primary and secondary schools.


| Session 5: Evaleen Whelton: Anxiety and Autistic People

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In this talk Evaleen will share insights on how living in the world as “different” impacts our self-esteem and wellbeing. We are all products of our environments and so we must look at how the social environment responds to Autistic people. Autistic children and adults are often classed as “odd” or “weird”. We often experience bullying and all of this impacts how we feel.

Evaleen Whelton made the wonderful discovery that she is Autistic in 2014 at the age of 37. She is the founder of www.ausonetraining.com which offers training to parents, teachers, SNA’s and practitioners online. Her training places the shared experiences of Autistic people at its centre and is based on the latest research.


| Session 6: Maureen Dunne: Dyslexia and strategies for reading

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This presentation will give some understanding as to why reading, in many different contexts, can be a challenge for young people with dyslexia. It will also discuss some ways around this. In doing so it will explore some of what the dyslexia association of Ireland learned from the ‘Readable project’.

Maureen Dunne is the national workshop manager for the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and has over 30 years’ experience working to increase learning opportunities and access to education for students with disabilities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.



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  • European Union