Saturday, October 17, 2015

Free parenting talks in November

The series of talks for parents hosted by the County Kildare Library & Arts Service continues in November on the subjects of toddlers and food, social networks and cyber-bullying, and self harming behaviour, writes Brian Byrne.

'Older Children & Teens' on Thursday 5 November in Kildare Town Library is presented by Fiona Ashe of Flashforward Communications and deals with Social Networking & Cyberbullying Training. This course will give a simple overview of social networking, describing current social media trends. Fiona will look at teenage behaviour online. She will examine peer pressure, privacy issues and cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.

'Self-harming Behaviours in Young People' will be presented in Newbridge Library on Tuesday 10 November by the HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. For some young people acts of self harming can emerge as a way of dealing with painful emotions such as loss, hurt or lack of self worth. This talk aims to briefly explore the concept of deliberate self-harming behaviour. It will offer parents some information on alternative ways of helping a young person cope with psychological distress without risk of physical harm to themselves.

'Yuck I’m NOT eating that!' in Athy Library on 24 November is presented by dietician Paula Mee provides an overview of common nutritional challenges posed by children as they grow. In the event she will cover food intolerances and allergies; what to feed young children and what to do if they are faddy and won’t eat fruits and veg; when to consult with a specialist.

In Naas Library on Thursday 26 November, occupational therapist Dorothy Armstrong will host an evening that is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with children with conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) and so on. It will cover Developing good communication strategies; Body language; Dealing with conflict; and Maintaining friendships.

All the talks are free, and all begin at 7pm. Booking at the relevant library is required.