With 1 in 20 pupils having ADHD, this course will give you the essential knowledge to help and support an ADHD child in your classroom.
The aim of this online course, ‘Teacher Training Primary: ADHD and the Principal Educational Strategies’ is to educate Primary school teachers and SNAs on ADHD and give them the strategies and methods to help, support and get the best from an ADHD child in your classroom. It will commence on 24th February 2021.
The skills explored will increase classroom productivity and attendance, so improving confidence and peer to peer relationships in pupils with ADHD and engagement of Educators, improving understanding and awareness of ADHD nationwide. This programme will motivate teachers to become ADHD champions in their school, enabling them to take appropriate individual and collective action within their schools towards a positive classroom experience for all.
Our ADHD course for educators is structured in three sections:
1) What ADHD is and isn’t, including up to date research, key features, diagnostic criteria comorbidities, executive functioning impairments, emotional disregulation and the different presentations of ADHD, including gender.
2) The learner’s experience of ADHD, including working with parents.
3) Strategies that work in the classroom- including support for executive functioning, literacy, anxiety, movement and activity and therapeutic approaches.
The course is structured around the 6 key strategies for achieving good outcomes in education for learners with ADHD of all ages.
This event will be delivered by Colin Foley who is the training director of the ADHD Foundation UK, the largest patient led service of its kind in the UK. Colin has trained 4,000 teachers in the past year alone.
After a twenty five year teaching career in the secondary sector up to Senior leadership level, Colin was the first Specialist Leader in Education to be appointed in his area and led the Outstanding Teacher Programme and the Improving Teaching programme for the National College in St Helens and Knowsley. Colin’s work for the ADHD Foundation is grounded in empowering teacher’s to deliver outstanding outcomes for children and young people with ADHD through raising awareness of the specific symptomatology of the condition and through providing practical classroom strategies that every teacher can use at all key stages.
Testimonials from people who took part in this course previously:
“The depth of knowledge of Colin Foley on the topic and the relativity of his teaching background made this course really excellent”
“Given by a teacher to teachers. Extremely interesting, and quick moving.”
“Strategies that I can use immediately in the classroom to help kids with ADHD”.
Click here to sign up on eventbrite.
On behalf of ADHD Ireland we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in what has been a very difficult year for us all, and to wish you a Happy Christmas and a great 2021!
The office will be closing on the 23rd December at 12pm and will reopen on the 4th January. Our support line will be unmanned over that period but if you like please do leave a message and we will get back to you on our return. Alternatively please email [email protected].
Do have a great one!
The Trinity College Dublin ADHD research group and HSE ADMiRE ADHD specialist service are delighted to launch their ADHD information website for ADHD awareness month.
To view the new site click here
Please check out the website and help to make it as efficient as possible by completing the following anonymous 2 minute feedback survey at this link
Brought to you by the Trinity College Dublin ADHD research group and HSE ADMiRE ADHD specialist service.
The Department of Psychology team at University of Limerick is currently recruiting a small number of children diagnosed with ADHD (aged 8-12 years) and their parents to take part in home-based attention training research.
The training is designed to improve children’s attention and concentration through playing fun, interactive card games at home with a parent or guardian.
Keeping Track is an attention training programme that is designed to improve children’s attention through engaging in fun, interactive games at home with parents. The team are currently recruiting a small number of children with ADHD (inattentive or combined presentation types) and their parents to take part in the Keeping Track Project.
This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of “Keeping Track” an intervention to help improve children’s attention. Attention can be improved with practice of a task known to exercise related brain areas. Keeping Track requires children to exercise their attention while engaging in fun, interactive card games at home with a parent or guardian.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
In order to be eligible to participate, your child must be diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive or combined presentation types) and be aged 8 to 12 years. Parents and children must have fluent English. Parents and children must have access to a computer/laptop with internet.
To find out more about this research project, please click here
Status: Part-time 18.75 hours, fixed term
Location: Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7/ or work from home
Reporting to: CEO ADHD Ireland
ADHD Ireland’s Vision and Mission
ADHD Ireland envisages a future where all individuals affected by ADHD are included, supported, and empowered in all contexts of their lives (e.g. school, work, home, and socially) to participate fully within, benefit from, and contribute meaningfully to Irish society. ADHD Ireland is the national organisation that will enable this.
ADHD Ireland’s mission is to make life better for all people affected by ADHD, by raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the condition, providing practical services, and by creating a support network of volunteers and staff to underpin these activities. To help us create the awareness around the condition we wish to appoint a Communications and Education Manager.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
- Produce and update marketing copy for our website, and manage website content overall
- Research and analyse marketing activities to ensure key audience delivery
- Edit and produce multimedia content to support planned marketing communications campaigns using a variety of platforms
- Produce, edit and distribute updates and materials for external and internal audiences, dealing sensitively with those whose personal experiences might be featured
- Help market and communicate events, such as seminars, conferences, and events for the public, both on and offline as required
- Provide creative, editorial and operational support for communications projects and report on progress
- Identify opportunities for ADHD Ireland representatives to contribute to public debate on areas that impact our community
- Review material regularly, to ensure its continued relevance and impact
- Manage and moderate content across all our Social Media platforms
- Build internal communications with both internal and external stakeholders
- Create press releases and statements as required
- Develop and maintain relationships with media to secure and grow positive media coverage
- Act as a brand champion and spokesperson as required
- Maintain library system for press cuttings, monitor cuttings and report for all our activity
- Be the brand champion for ADHD Ireland and ensure consistent branding is used in all communications
- Roll out and manage all communications activities in line with agreed budgets
- Provide regular updates on plans and progress to CEO/Line Manager
- Carry out post campaign evaluation analysis and regular monthly reporting on all online platforms
- Good understanding of the community/charity and voluntary sector along with key audiences
- Good working knowledge of digital platforms such as Google Adwords
- Strong working knowledge of online Marketing tools such as Mailchimp
- Experience working with and managing social media platforms and showing significant growth against measured KPI’s
- Hands on experience with web content management tools such as Word Press
- Campaign budget management experience, costing and forecasting
- Proven networking abilities with relevant media agencies
- Strong presentation skills and experience
- A willingness to travel the length and breadth of Ireland carrying out awareness talks to a broad range of organisations such as schools, community organisations, libraries etc.
- Excellent written communication and copy editing skills
- Experience of developing and managing Public Relations campaigns is desirable
- Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of practice in the area of community/local development
- Strong organisational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
- The ability to be flexible and creative in a changing environment
- A strong understanding around the political framework that underpins the delivery of mental health services in Ireland for both adults and children and how to positively create change in that environment, would be desirable
- A third level qualification in a related discipline
- Three or more years’ experience in a similar communications role or organisation
- Very strong organisation, time management, people management and analytical skills
- Ability to lead, motivate and influence across a team
- Very good interpersonal, negotiation and diplomacy skills
- Ability to build and maintain relationships
- Ability to maintain attention to detail at all times
- Ability to work to tight deadlines
- A pro-active and can-do attitude
- Carry out any other duties as required that are consistent with the responsibilities of the post
- Maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to staff, volunteers, clients and general ADHD Ireland business
- Adhere to all ADHD Ireland Policies and Procedures currently in operation
- Project a positive image of ADHD Ireland at all times
- This position will be subject to Garda Vetting
- Travel around the country will be a part of the role, access to a car and possession of a full clean driving licence will be required
Please send your Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter explaining why you wish to apply for the position, highlighting your relevant skills and experience to Ken Kilbride at [email protected]. Please use the reference ‘Communications Manager’ when applying.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about this position please contact Ken Kilbride on 01-874 8349 or 087-2492863 anytime.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on 30th October 2020. Initial shortlisting will be on the basis of the information contained in the CV and covering letter. First interviews will be held by Zoom in early November.
The first interview may reduce the initial short list and remaining candidates may be invited for a second interview.
The role will be subject to Garda vetting and reference checks.
ADHD Ireland together with ADHD Foundation UK, are delighted to bring you an international online conference featuring world-renowned keynote speaker, Dr Ned Hallowell, a leading authority in the field of ADHD, best selling author and board-certified child and adult psychiatrist.
The conference will be hosted across the day, but with an a la carte offering, where you can dip in and out to view speakers and topics that most interest you. The session will open with a keynote from Dr Hallowell but will feature a varied line-up of expert speakers in the field of ADHD throughout the day.
Schedule of Event:
1.30pm: Welcome address (Dr Tony Lloyd, CEO ADHD Foundation UK and Ken Kilbride, CEO ADHD Ireland)
2pm: Dr Ned Hallowell, keynote: ‘Why ADHD can be strength when you learn to manage it – and why is can create chaos in your life if you don’t’
3pm: Dr Amanda Kirby GP & Psychiatrist and Parent of a child with ADHD– ADHD in Girls and Women – why it presents differently and why so many women are missed
3.30pm: Nicola Coss, ADHD Ireland: ADHD and Mental Health
4pm – 6pm: Break
6pm: Emma Weaver Director at ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity “What Parents of Children with ADHD need to know” (With free downloadable resources)
6.30pm: Dr Finian Fallon, chartered psychologist and psychotherapist, with Harriet Parsons, Bodywise: ADHD, Obesity and Eating Disorders
7pm: Ned Hallowell, closing address: My Family and ADHD
7.30pm: Q&A from full conference
Dr Ned Hallowell, biography
Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, a thought leader, a NY Times bestselling author (including the 1994 Driven to Distraction that sparked a revolution in our understanding of ADHD), a world-renowned keynote speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHD.
Dr. Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School. In addition, he was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle. Finally, he is the host of the popular Distraction podcast.
Tickets €10 for the full day. To book, click this link
Brought to you by ADHD Ireland, ADHD Foundation UK The Neurodiversity Charity, Equazen and Witherslack Group
ADHD Ireland is delighted to announce a partnership with Specialisterne Ireland, a specialist consultancy that recruits and supports talented people with neurodiverse needs. Together, we are launching a pilot, which aims to support adults with ADHD to move closer to achieving their career goals.
Many individuals who are neurodiverse struggle with interviews and benefit from a step by step approach to the interview process used by current employers. Specialisterne’s experience helps employers recruit and retain talented people and grow diverse, effective teams.
Specialisterne Ireland provides an intensive interview skills programme with individualised assessment, CV preparation, and interview training at no cost to the individual. They provide guidance on workplace etiquette and the corporate environment. They help candidates to identify the best of their educational and workplace experience for upcoming interviews and provide mock interviews to prepare.
Specialisterne Ireland have several fantastic partner companies such as SAP, DPS Group, Northern Trust, Pfizer, Accenture, AIG and many more. Through their employer partnerships, they arrange for candidates to be recruited through a neurodiverse friendly process.
To find out more click here
Are you interested in a course which explores how to understand and support your child with ADHD?
We are delighted to have teamed up with Education Elephant who bring you a series of comprehensive online courses to help you manage your child’s ADHD.
The courses are divided into three – or you can book into a bundle of all three of them, depending on your preference:
- Understanding ADHD in Children and Young Persons
- Managing Anxiety in Children with ADHD – a Parent Guide
- Self Regulation and Behaviour Support Strategies for ADHD Children at Home and School (6 – 13 years)
- Bundle – all three courses
We are delighted to offer you an exclusive discount code for all courses with a 20% discount off the three individual courses or a 33% discount off the bundle. Full details are outlined below.
All courses are online and can be accessed at your own leisure, complete a self-paced online course which you can decide when to start and finish. You will have access to the course content – videos lessons and downloadable resources – for life. You can access them again and again as often as you wish.
The courses are run by Dr Kieran Merriman, PhD and the team at Education Elephant.
Understanding ADHD in Children and Young Persons, €79 (or €63.20 with discount code ADHDIreland20)
Knowledge is Power. Understanding what ADHD is and how it effects the brain and behaviour of the ADHD child is the first step to supporting them. This course, written by psychologists, presents the most current research and thinking around what ADHD is and both the positive and negative effects the diagnosis can have on the child and their family. The course will show you how the brain of a person with ADHD functions differently to that of a typical person and show you how much of the child with ADHD does is out of their awareness and control. The course will give an overview of the different supports that are available for the ADHD child and discuss the most effective interventions. The course is suitable for anyone working with ADHD children including parents and teachers.
Total course length: 48 minutes approx.
To register for Understanding ADHD course, click here
Managing Anxiety in Children with ADHD – a Parent Guide, €39 (or €31.20 with discount code ADHDIreland20)
A large number of people with ADHD suffer from anxiety and even depression. Sometimes anxiety can be hard to spot in children because they don’t tell you, or don’t know how to tell you, that they are feeling anxious. Anxiety in young children is very upsetting not just for the child but for their parents and family too. This course will show you how to identify anxiety and how to help children identify their feelings. The course will present a number of simple techniques that can be used at home to help reduce anxiety in children with ADHD.
Total course length: 17 minutes approx.
To register for Managing Anxiety course, click here
Self Regulation and Behaviour Support Strategies for ADHD Children at Home and School (6 – 13 years), €79 (or €63.20 with code ADHDIreland20)
The best support for a child with ADHD comes when both home and school work together. Understanding the key challenges both face as well as how to manage them is the first step towards planning effective support. This course will demonstrate how self regulation and executive function can make home and school life for a child with ADHD and will show both parents and teachers what they can do to help. Self Regulation is a key area of support in ADHD. Self regulation refers to our ability to manage our own internal world, our emotions, our impulses and our behaviour. Through no fault of their own many children with ADHD have difficulties with self regulation and these difficulties can get them in trouble and lead to poor self esteem. Interestingly, it’s not just the child’s regulation skills that can cause problems but also the parent and teachers regulation skills that can also cause problems! This course will teach how self regulation is effected in the ADHD brain and show you the role that you will play in supporting them. The course will present a number of different regulation strategies and techniques which can be used at home and in school to support the ADHD child.
Total course length: 78 minutes approx.
To register for Behavioural Support Strategies course, click here
Bundle – all three courses, €149 (or €99 with code ADHDIreland99)
This course is part of a 3 course package which includes:
Course 1: Understanding ADHD (48 mins 29 secs)
Course 2: Managing Anxiety in Children With ADHD (17 mins 38 secs)
Course 3: Behavioural Support Strategies for Children with ADHD (77 mins 54 secs)
Total course length: 2 hours 49 minutes
To register for the Bundle of all three courses, click here
Course Tutor Biography: Dr. Kieran Merriman
Dr. Merriman holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from University College Dublin and was awarded a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Merriman recently received the Therese Brady Award from University College Dublin in 2019 for his work in the area of families and children with additional needs. Dr. Merriman has specialised in several areas of psychological therapy and research including Autism, parents of children with additional needs and is an accredited Early Start Denver Model Practitioner.
Dr. Merriman has also conducted published research on Autism with a special interest in group based interventions for parents of children with additional needs and has ample experience delivering interventions to children, families and parents struggling with behavioural, emotional and adaptive difficulties. Dr. Merriman works for several public and private bodies and with client groups of all ages experiencing a range of mental health difficulties and disabilities.
For further information or to register for any of the courses outlined above, click here
If so, you might be interested in participating in the following project. Wellcome Trust- Mental Health Priority Areas Team are producing a report on the best ways to promote well-being and reduce psychological ill-health in children and adolescents. They are putting a call out for young people to contribute to their panel and here are the details:
We’d like your help!
We are looking to recruit a panel of young people who have experience of or a special interest in
mental health to advise us on a special insight report we are preparing. We are looking at a
phenomenon called “psychological distancing”, which exists in a number of psychological
therapies. Ideas that affect meaningful changes in well-being often begin by listening to those
experiencing the symptoms we want to understand.
What are the benefits of being on our panel?
We think psychological research is done best when we include the people actually experiencing difficulties. By being part of our panel, you will be informing psychological treatments and helping guide us to make our research accessible to other young people. As an advisor, you would also receive compensation for your time.
What would you have to do?
We would invite you to participate in small group discussions where we present the ideas we have for our report and get your feedback on them. We would also want feedback on how best to share our research with young people and other stakeholders, such as other scientists and teachers. All you would need to bring is your opinion and experience!
If you’d like to know more or feel interested in taking part, please email [email protected]
We’d love to hear from you!