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Programme Name Summary of Topics Covered Location: Start Date
TTT Talks & Workshops 2019

Kildare Library Services would like to inform you about our specialised Toys, Technology and Training Project. The collection is designed to offer support to children and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities or more significant needs. This specialised collection of toys and assistive equipment can be accessed free of charge in branches throughout the county and can be borrowed or utilised by joining up at any Kildare library.

The Project also includes the Training element of “TTT” which is our annual series of free talks and workshops. These events offer further guidance, support and networking opportunities for parents, teachers and healthcare professionals and include some workshops for children.

For up to date details of future talks and events relating to the TTT Project please email us and ask to join our mailing list at leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Other, Co. Kildare 07/02/2019
Understanding Children's Behaviours

Ideas and strategies for coping and building resilience

Other, Co. Wicklow 19/06/2019
Fostering Courageous Childhood Friendships

Friendship is a fundamental and important part of a child’s life, however it can also be a great source of stress and strain for children and parents alike. In this talk, Sarah Murphy, life coach and founder of www.courageouskids.ie will discuss the issues children face within their friendships and how parents can address the them. Using the FRIENDS acronym, Sarah will share ways to help children think about, evaluate and ultimately take action in their friendships which will set them up for successful future relationships.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 05/09/2019
The Fifteen Minute Parent

Joanna believes that when it comes to parenting, good enough is good enough. She believes that small changes can make big differences. She believes in a parenting strategy that leads to less tears and more laughter. She believes that play is the language of children and that it is essential to connect with our children in their language, even for 15 minutes of mindful play a day. Joanna’s talk will introduce developmental play, highlight the difference and benefits of either adult led (child-focused) and child led play and she will ensure that everyone leaves with at least 15 minutes of practical therapeutic play that can be taken home and implemented immediately.

Naas, Co. Kildare 05/09/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 07/09/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 12/09/2019
Building Self Esteem and Life Skills in Children and Teenagers

This four week programme looks at ways parents/guardians can build their children and teens self esteem and resilience through topics such as communication, decision making, problem solving, substance use and peer pressure.
Parenting can be a difficult time and this programme aims to provide parents with some tips and tools to navigate this journey, improve family communication and empower their children and teenagers to talk about what is going on in their lives and share their worries or problems.

Other, Co. Kildare 12/09/2019
Helping your Child to Behave Well

The majority of parents, at some time, have concerns about their child’s behaviour and want to know ways of encouraging them to change what they are doing. This workshop focuses on providing ideas for developing the relationship between parent and child, along with strategies and skills for parents which can encourage their children to behave in ways that are more helpful to themselves and others. It focuses on ways of both building strong connections in their family and for supporting their children in positive ways to make good choices in how they behave and relate to others.

Naas, Co. Kildare 17/09/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Naas, Co. Kildare 19/09/2019
Fostering Courageous Childhood Friendships

Friendship is a fundamental and important part of a child’s life, however it can also be a great source of stress and strain for children and parents alike. In this talk, Sarah Murphy, life coach and founder of www.courageouskids.ie will discuss the issues children face within their friendships and how parents can address the them. Using the FRIENDS acronym, Sarah will share ways to help children think about, evaluate and ultimately take action in their friendships which will set them up for successful future relationships.

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 19/09/2019
Helping your Child to Behave Well

The majority of parents, at some time, have concerns about their child’s behaviour and want to know ways of encouraging them to change what they are doing. This workshop focuses on providing ideas for developing the relationship between parent and child, along with strategies and skills for parents which can encourage their children to behave in ways that are more helpful to themselves and others. It focuses on ways of both building strong connections in their family and for supporting their children in positive ways to make good choices in how they behave and relate to others.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 24/09/2019
Building Self Esteem and Life Skills in Children and Teenagers

This four week programme looks at ways parents/guardians can build their children and teens self esteem and resilience through topics such as communication, decision making, problem solving, substance use and peer pressure.
Parenting can be a difficult time and this programme aims to provide parents with some tips and tools to navigate this journey, improve family communication and empower their children and teenagers to talk about what is going on in their lives and share their worries or problems.

Naas, Co. Kildare 24/09/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 25/09/2019
Self Esteem, Confidence and Resilience

These three aspects of development are key in preparing children for so many aspects of their lives both as young children and in supporting children as they transition into adulthood. Teenagers are under so much pressure today, building these strong supports in childhood can help them to negotiate difficulties later in life. In this seminar, Dr Mary O’Kane explains the interaction between these three aspects, and offers practical advice on how to support children in these important areas.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 26/09/2019
Keeping your kids safe online

As parents of young children, we can see on a daily basis how technology is going to play an increasingly important part of their futures. It will be used more widely in schools and even a fairly basic mobile phone these days will allow a child the ability to take risks almost unthinkable 20 years ago. We want our children to be able to embrace the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, but we recognise that as parents and educators we have a responsibility to equip them with the tools to stay safe and avoid harm.
We believe that everybody can play a role in keeping children safe online, including children themselves. Education is a key part of the solution and both schools and parents have a vital role to play in supporting children to be safe online. Our parents’ talk runs for 1 hour with additional time for Q&A. Interactive throughout, we cover a range of topics, including discussions on social media apps & games that children are using, associated risks, and useful strategies for parents.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 26/09/2019
Helping your Child to Cope with Life’s Challenges

This talk explores the support and experiences our children need to develop resilience or mental strength. It will help parents develop their children’s ability to thrive despite life’s challenges e.g. growing up, bullying or living with difficult circumstances; and to bounce back from adversity.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 01/10/2019
First Aid for Parents

This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions. Topics covered will include:
Calling the emergency services, The First Aid Kit, Choking, Meningitis, Burns & Temperatures / Seizures

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 01/10/2019
5 ways Parents of Teens can assist Career Planning in Senior Cycle Years

What do most parents want for their teens? I believe that they want them to be happy and successful. When it comes to career planning, 92% of teens rely on their parents for career choice. Therefore, parents have a huge and important role to play. This talk focuses on 5 practical ways that you can help your teen plan ahead in a way that generates happiness, meaning and success in their career choices. You will be given a toolkit in handout form, of tried and tested techniques that will help you assist your teen in navigating the ocean of choices available to them.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 01/10/2019
Self Care for Parents

Parenting is a demanding job which often leaves parents burnt out, guilt- ridden or feeling like a failure. Discover how placing importance on your own needs leads to benefits in all areas of your life. Join life coach Sarah Murphy for this important workshop which introduces you to effective self-care practices which nourish the mind, body and soul, increase emotional wellbeing, alleviate anxiety and lead to more satisfying personal relationships. Learn how to implement self-care practices and follow through by designing your own self-care plan. This workshop features meditation, journaling, experiential exercises and more.

Athy, Co. Kildare 02/10/2019
5 ways Parents of Teens can assist Career Planning in Senior Cycle Years

What do most parents want for their teens? I believe that they want them to be happy and successful. When it comes to career planning, 92% of teens rely on their parents for career choice. Therefore, parents have a huge and important role to play. This talk focuses on 5 practical ways that you can help your teen plan ahead in a way that generates happiness, meaning and success in their career choices. You will be given a toolkit in handout form, of tried and tested techniques that will help you assist your teen in navigating the ocean of choices available to them.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 03/10/2019
Healthy Sleep Habits in Babies and Children

In this seminar 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.

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 15/10/2019
Self Care for Parents

Parenting is a demanding job which often leaves parents burnt out, guilt- ridden or feeling like a failure. Discover how placing importance on your own needs leads to benefits in all areas of your life. Join life coach Sarah Murphy for this important workshop which introduces you to effective self-care practices which nourish the mind, body and soul, increase emotional wellbeing, alleviate anxiety and lead to more satisfying personal relationships. Learn how to implement self-care practices and follow through by designing your own self-care plan. This workshop features meditation, journaling, experiential exercises and more.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 15/10/2019
How Families survive the Teenage Years

In this talk we will look at the realities facing parents when their children reach their teenage years. Michael will talk about what to expect, what are the challenges for everyone at this stage and give practical tips on how to survive the change in family dynamics. We explore the current realities for teenagers and their parents and give practical tips on communication, dealing with a Mental Health crises and managing technology.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 17/10/2019
Adoptive Parenthood

In this talk, Mari Gallagher, Author of ‘Reflections of Adoptive Parenthood,’ will share her personal experience of adoptive parenting. There will be a particular focus on intercountry adoptive parenting and the talk will cover topics such as: the desire to parent - forming a family through adoption, suitability to adopt, assessment process, meeting and bonding with a child, the importance of attachment parenting and the emotional challenge of talking to and being open with a child about their adoption.

Newbridge, Co. Kildare 22/10/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Athy, Co. Kildare 25/10/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Celbridge, Co. Kildare 05/11/2019
Self Care for Parents

Parenting is a demanding job which often leaves parents burnt out, guilt- ridden or feeling like a failure. Discover how placing importance on your own needs leads to benefits in all areas of your life. Join life coach Sarah Murphy for this important workshop which introduces you to effective self-care practices which nourish the mind, body and soul, increase emotional wellbeing, alleviate anxiety and lead to more satisfying personal relationships. Learn how to implement self-care practices and follow through by designing your own self-care plan. This workshop features meditation, journaling, experiential exercises and more.

Naas, Co. Kildare 05/11/2019
Building Self Esteem and Life Skills in Children and Teenagers

This four week programme looks at ways that parents/guardians can build their children and teens self esteem and resilience through topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, substance use and peer pressure.
While acknowledging that parenting can be challenging this programme looks at simply, yet effective tools for parents to support their children and teenagers.

Other, Co. Kildare 07/11/2019
Parent and toddler Yoga

Join Yo-Yo Yoga for a fun-filled and beneficial yoga session for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Sessions are lively with an emphasis on spending time together doing yoga through song, stories, games and cuddles. Suitable for little yogi’s from 1 year (crawling) to 4 years of age. Sessions are child led and very relaxed.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 13/11/2019
Helping Children who worry too much

This talk explores many of the common factors which can cause and increase worries for children. It will include strategies to help children to manage and overcome their worries so that the worries become less powerful in their day to day lives.

Leixlip, Co. Kildare 19/11/2019
First Aid for Parents

This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions. Topics covered will include:
Calling the emergency services, The First Aid Kit, Choking, Meningitis, Burns & Temperatures / Seizures

Naas, Co. Kildare 19/11/2019
Healthy Sleep Habits in Babies and Children

In this seminar 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.

Maynooth, Co. Kildare 21/11/2019
Keeping your kids safe online

As parents of young children, we can see on a daily basis how technology is going to play an increasingly important part of their futures. It will be used more widely in schools and even a fairly basic mobile phone these days will allow a child the ability to take risks almost unthinkable 20 years ago. We want our children to be able to embrace the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, but we recognise that as parents and educators we have a responsibility to equip them with the tools to stay safe and avoid harm.
We believe that everybody can play a role in keeping children safe online, including children themselves. Education is a key part of the solution and both schools and parents have a vital role to play in supporting children to be safe online. Our parents’ talk runs for 1 hour with additional time for Q&A. Interactive throughout, we cover a range of topics, including discussions on social media apps & games that children are using, associated risks, and useful strategies for parents.

Kildare Town, Co. Kildare 21/11/2019
‘Under the Influence’: Preventing Drugs & Alcohol Problems in Teenagers – What Parents can do

The talk will address normal adolescent development and the impact that alcohol and drug use can sometimes have upon that process. The potential risks associated with adolescent drinking and drug use will be described. While teenagers are influenced by school, peers, community and wider culture, it appears clear that parents are the most important single influence upon them. The positive steps which parents can take to support healthy adolescent development will be described.
Clear advice will be provided on the parenting strategies which reduce the risks of teenagers developing alcohol or other substance abuse problems.

Naas, Co. Kildare 28/11/2019

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