The first programme delivered by The Genesis Programme for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum or with Language Delays has proved to be hugely beneficial to the participants as outlined at their Graduation Event on the 10th May 2017 by Sarah O’Connell who was speaking on behalf of all the new graduates.
The graduates were presented with their certificates by Jackie Barron, Early Intervention Team Manager, HSE. Also present on the day to show her support was Cllr. Maeve Yore, who was involved in the establishment of SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents) and a great supporter of work in this area.
The programme which took place in Réalt na Mara NS, Mill Street, Dundalk saw eight parents graduate today at a special event in the Crowne Plaza hotel, where they were presented with certificates by Jackie Barron, Disability Manager, HSE Louth who oversees the work of the Early Intervention Team.
The first Autism class in Réalt na Mara NS was established in September 1999. Each class celebrates the uniqueness of every child as expressed in the child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development. The aim of the Autism Classes is to provide a supportive, caring, learning environment which facilitates the nurturing of each pupil’s full educational potential.
The event also saw other local schools, agencies and groups come together to showcase the work they are doing in this field and create networking opportunities.
Irish Autism Action says that 276,000 people in Ireland know that Autism will be part of their journey every day. The Autism Counts Prevalence Study in 2011 said that the number of people diagnosed with Autism would fill the Aviva Stadium whilst the number impacted by the diagnosis would fill the Aviva Stadium five times over.
The programme was facilitated by Rebecca Cullen from Réalt na Mara NS and Yvonne Forde, Development Officer (Schools Programmes) with The Genesis Programme.
Speaking at the event, Rebecca Cullen, Réalt na Mara NS said: ‘This programme is offered to parents of young children (aged 2-5) on the Autism Spectrum or with Language Delays in order to promote children’s emotional regulation, social competence, language skills, school readiness, and relationships with others. The programme is guided by cognitive social learning theory, modeling, attachment, developmental theories and research. A key element of this educational programme is the collaborative leadership style of the Group Leaders. This collaborative approach ensures that parents ‘own ‘the material because the basic principles have been drawn from them. Through this programme parents learn how to enter their child’s world and become their child’s first playmate. The programme also helps parents develop support systems that enhance their parenting confidence and understanding of the valuable role they play in promoting their children’s optimal development, thereby affecting their future’.
Yvonne Forde from The Genesis Programme thanked and congratulated the parents for taking part in this first programme of its kind delivered in Louth. She also thanked everyone at Réalt na Mara NS but especially Mr. Phil McCaul, the Principal and Mrs. Adele Clune, the Deputy Principal for their commitment and willingness to get involved.
An informal Networking Event took place before the Graduation involving the schools who have or will have Autism or Language Delay classes in Dundalk and Drogheda – St. Nicholas NS, Redeemer Boys’ School, St. John’s JNS, Better Start AIM (Access & Inclusion Model) team, National Council for Special Education, SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents) and Louth County Childcare Committee.
The Genesis Programme (lead agency – Louth Leader Partnership) have job opportunities for the new ADHD Changing Lives Initiative. More details below.
The ADHD Changing Lives Initiative is a significant new partnership operating across both parts of Ireland and Western Scotland, which has received funding until May 2020 through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme (with matching funding from the Northern Ireland Executive, Irish and Scottish governments).
The initiative proposes to tackle the challenges associated with children aged 3-7 years who are at risk of an ADHD diagnosis, by raising awareness and providing behavioural training and support to parents and professionals. Developing stronger shared practice across different regions and rigorously measuring its impact will be key aspects of the initiative.
ADHD Changing Lives is being delivered across County Louth, Colin/West Belfast, and the Argyll & Bute region in Scotland. Partners in the initiative are Archways (lead partner), Dundalk Institute of Technology, The Genesis Programme (Louth Leader Partnership), Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and NHS Highland.
As part of this initiative The Genesis Programme (lead agency – Louth Leader Partnership) now wishes to recruit the following posts which will be based in Dundalk:
Job Descriptions and other information relating to the above positions, including the Application Form (DO NOT SUBMIT CVs), can be accessed BY CLICKING HERE. Please note that if you wish to apply for more than one of the positions available you must submit a separate Application Form for each post.
The closing date for receipt of completed Application Forms for all positions is Friday 7th July 2017 at 4pm. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the Job Title for which you are applying in the subject line. You should also include a covering letter detailing your suitability for the position you are applying for. Interviews are scheduled for week beginning 24th July 2017.
This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)
The Genesis Programme are a partner in a new initiative – ADHD Changing Lives. The lead partner, Archways, currently have 3 job opportunities. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 6th June at 1pm.
This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The Genesis Programme/Louth Leader Partnership will also have some local opportunities to work on this exciting new initiative in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out for them.
In the meantime, more details of the current vacancies at Archways are to be found at this link ADHD Changing Lives Initiative – Job Opportunities at Archways.
Bernie Pentony and Liz Doran, from St. John’s JNS Early Start, recently became accredited in the Incredible Years Classroom Dina Programme. Here in their own words is the story of their Accreditation Journey.
We have been delivering the Incredible Years® Classroom Dina Programme in the Early Start setting in St. John’s NS in Drogheda for the past two years. We decided to go for accreditation back in September 2016 as we have seen the dramatic and positive impact that the programme has on our practice and interactions with the children and parents in our setting.
With the ongoing support from the The Genesis Programme project team – in particular Alice Malone, Claire Gleeson and Mary Lennon – we started on our accreditation journey which involved two video submissions and detailed paperwork. We were very fortunate to have had both Claire and Mary on hand to offer us peer support and consultations. A further peer coaching session with Incredible Years® Trainer, Peter Loft, in March this year provided an extra boost to our confidence.
The accreditation process has been a positive experience overall, with both of us receiving great feedback and affirmation of our professional practice from Jamila Reid, Incredible Years® Seattle.
From a professional perspective, we truly recognise the value and importance of being involved in delivering a high quality evidence based programme. We look forward to further professional growth and strive to continue to deliver a high standard Classroom Dina Programme.
Each year during the Parent Programme graduations we have heard some inspirational words from the parents who speak at those events on behalf of their respective groups. 2017 was no different!
With her permission we are publishing what Kate Dixon said at her Graduation in St. Joseph’s NS last week (28 April 2017). Well done to all the parents who spoke at the various graduation events. Kate’s speech represents all the parents who have completed the programme.
Hello my name is Kate
This opportunity to speak for the group is an honour.
On the first day of my journey on the Incredible Years Programme I felt a little bit nervous and started to question whether I should have been here or not, but I can confidently say today it was one of the best decisions I have made for both me and my child. I’m sure the rest of you all can agree and feel the same.
At the beginning of the course we were asked to look at the areas we would most like to try and improve. I found for myself that the problems I wanted to tackle were: not sharing, having to win or be first at everything and also for me to be the best parent that I could possibly be.
We were set tasks every week to do with our children and I have learned a lot during these past few weeks including child-directed play, persistence coaching, effective praise and encouragement and so much more. I feel like both me and my son have a better understanding of each other now and our bond is stronger than ever because of this course.
Listening to each and every member of our group share their stories every week and seeing you all achieve your goals has made me feel less isolated and that I am not the only one struggling. As Pices from our group said ‘you have to take the time to learn how to drive a car – step by step you’ll eventually get there’. This also goes for learning who your child is and what his/her personality is! It was nice to hear everyone’s opinion on the different topics. Dermot came out with a beautiful phrase while discussing the benefits and barriers of playing with your child that I think we should all remember. ‘Adults want the destination, while children want the journey’.
The different backgrounds and cultures really brought a lot to our group and opened our eyes to different ways of doing the same thing. As each week passed I was overjoyed to see the improvements not only in myself but from everyone in our group and to see you all bursting with confidence made me proud to be a part of something special.
I have met the most amazing and strong people during my time here and I’m happy to say, you are lifelong friends. You really are an ‘incredible bunch of people’. On behalf of myself and the rest of the group we would like to thank Annemarie and Rosemarie for taking the time out of their busy lives to run this programme. They are such kind and caring people and always made each and every one of us feel welcome. They are not only facilitators, they are our mentors, our role models and most of all our friends. Their hard work and patience have not gone unappreciated quite the opposite. You truly are not one but two in a million.
Time is so precious and goes in the blink of an eye. One day you will carry your child on your hip then set them down, and never pick them up that way again. They will hold your hand to cross the road, then never reach for it again. Don’t forget there is a last time for everything so please take the time to get to know your child, play with your child, kiss and cuddle your child and most of all be happy with your child.
So on that note I would like to thank you all for this incredible experience and I would highly recommend this programme as it really does work.
To celebrate another successful year in the delivery of the Incredible Years programmes across our early years services, schools and community settings, we are delighted to announce details of a special photo competition – Incredible Years in Action – that is being generously supported by CTI Business Solutions. Check out CTI Business Solutions
We are looking for funny, imaginative, loving, moment in time images that capture the Incredible Years in Action
We plan to use all the pictures received as part of a Photographic Exhibition that will tour early years services, schools and other consortium members during October and November 2017
There will be €100 worth of prizes (Arts & Craft Supplies/other materials) for each category winner. The categories are:
How to Enter:
Have fun and happy snapping!
Check out the April Newsletter from the Incredible Years for great coverage of the work of The Genesis Programme. Click on this link Incredible Years April News
It is great to get such positive promotion of our work in Louth. There are also links to our recent report We are The Genesis Programme! and video Making Change Happen in our Communities
Empathise, Energise, Empower – a report on the Tusla led Parenting Support Champions Project Planning & Networking Day held in December where Alice Malone from The Genesis Programme was one of the speakers. Click on the link for a copy of the report including presentations Parenting Support Champions Project Planning & Networking Day
The Genesis Programme in conjunction with Réalt na Mara NS in Dundalk are delighted to introduce the new Incredible Years® Autism Spectrum and Language Delays Programme for parents which as just commenced in the last week in the school.
This programme is designed for parents of children aged 2 to 5 years on the spectrum or/and with speech and language delays. This is the first time the Autism Spectrum and Language Delays Programme has been rolled out in Ireland.
10 parents are participating in the programme which has Rebecca Cullen from Réalt na Mara NS and Yvonne Forde from The Genesis Programme team as Group Leaders.
Good luck to all involved!
The latest online newsletter from The Genesis Programme is now available. Click on the link below to have a look!