Parent Support Group

Trim Family Resource Centre host a Parents Support Group that meets twice a month for
parents of children with a disability/additional needs.


The group was set up in 2021 with a view to providing parents/caregivers with a safe space
to get ‘information, advice and support’ on their journey of caring for a child with a
disability/additional needs. Meetings take place one evening and one morning a month and
are facilitated by two Family Support workers, Caroline Morris and Maryrose Williams.


Thanks to some funding from DECDIY ‘Supporting Parents’ fund, the group organised an
Information Session for parents/caregivers, which is took place on 5 th May in the Castle Arch
Hotel.


The event featured guest speakers from
– The Speech Sound Clinic, Enfield
– The Sensory Spot Occupational Therapy service, Trim
– Meath Library Service.


Oonagh McMahon from the Speech Sound Clinic (https://www.thespeechsoundclinic.com/)
gave a very informative presentation on Speech and Language development and strategies
for supporting children with delays. She outlined different types of communication such as
verbal and non verbal, expressive and receptive speech.


Lynn Mitchell, Occupational Therapist, (https://www.facebook.com/thesensoryspot/)
then gave an overview on the role of an OT and the nature of the work she does. She
explained how our seven senses impact our daily life and how children with sensory
processing difficulties can be supported by a wide range of person-centred activities in
Occupational Therapy sessions.


Geraldine from Meath Library Services ( https://www.meath.ie/council/council-
services/libraries ) outlined the wide range of (free) services on offer from your local library
such as free access to online courses and language training, children’s activities and camps,
talks and webinars on a variety of topics and the interactive Tovertafel. She demonstrated a
selection of toys and equipment available under the TTT scheme (Toys, Technology and
Training) whereby parents can ‘try out’ a toy or piece of equipment such as a peanut ball or
wobble board, to see if it’s suitable for their child before they buy it. One of the exciting new
additions available to borrow is a ‘Reader Pen’ that can scan text and read it aloud.
Attendees got the opportunity to examine a selection of the toys and equipment available
under the TTT scheme.


The group has also held a webinar entitled ‘Autism and Puberty’, which took place on
Thursday 11 th May. This event featured Amanda McGuinness, Autism Educator and Training
Officer with AsIAm who discussed helping children understand and prepare for body
changes associated with puberty. Amanda gave a lot of practical suggestions for parents
along with recommendations of suitable books for children and young people.
Over 100 people registered for this event from far and wide, and the feedback was very
positive.

We look forward to holding more of these events this year and are always open to
suggestions of topics/speakers etc.
Our next meeting is on 11 th September at 9.30am
Please contact Caroline on 087 6031108 or Maryrose on 087 3344735 or info@trimfrc.ie.