Our Webinars

Providing free, educational webinars is one of our core goals at Neurodiversity Ireland.  We want to empower parents and carers with the knowledge and confidence they need to support and connect with their neurodivergent children.  In addition, we have opened the first pilot Sensory Centre in Ireland, supported by Aviva, and are now offering OT-led camps and after school clubs for neurodivergent children.

Language Development in Neurodivergent & Other Gestalt Language Processors


A Conversation with Marge Blanc, author of Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: the Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language. Marge has been a clinical Speech and Language practitioner for 50 years, and reports loving every minute of it! During the years after the book was published (2012), Marge’s clinic has slowly morphed into a resource centre dedicated to sharing the word about gestalt language development with the world. And, it appears to be working!

You Need Me and I Need Space

Kelsie Olds

Respectfully Parenting Children With Intense Connection Needs with The Occuplaytional Therapist.

Some children just seem to be born deep feelers. Other children experience early trauma or challenges that can cause lasting effects. Whether as a result of nature or nurture, when children have intense connection needs, they might be described as “clingy”, “needy”, “emotional”, “overly talkative”, as they set about trying to meet their own needs. Adults who are trying to parent from a positive paradigm might struggle to meet their child’s needs without sacrificing their own mental health, or body boundaries. Occupational therapist Kelsie Olds shares theory as well as practical ways to empower parents to meet the needs of everyone in their family, themselves included.

Avoidant Resrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in Children & Young People 

Rebecca Quinn & Theresa Foley

Join us for a conversation about ARFID with Dr. Rebecca Quinn from The Psychology Practice. Dr Quinn and Teresa give us some insight and ideas for how to support children with ARFID and we’ll learn about 3 different types of ARFID:

  • Lack of interest: genuine lack of interest in food or eating
  • Sensory Avoidance: issues with food tastes, textures, temperature and smells.
  • Fear of Aversive Consequences: fear of illness, choking, nausea and allergies.

The Occupation of Play

Meghan O’Rourke & Jack Cairns

Our wonderful CORU registered occupational therapists Meghan O’Rourke and Jack Cairns give their invaluable insights into the theory of occupational therapy and how you can help to support your child at home. An introduction to neurodiversity and being neuroaffirmative! This is an ideal resources for school staff and therapists too!

The Occuplaytional Therapist

Kelsie Olds

As more and more parents, caregivers, and adults start undertaking the work of helping the next generation of children feel safe to express their feelings rather than repeat unhealthy habits from the past, it can be hard knowing where to begin or which way is up. Co-regulation, self-regulation, interoception, what do these words mean? What does processing emotions actually look like in practice? When should children have developed which emotional skills, and how do adults help them on the way? These are some of the really powerful and important questions that Kelsie Olds, who goes by The Occuplaytional Therapist online, tackles during this webinar

AAC Clinic & Neurodiversity

CJay Smith

CJay is an AuDHDer in her final year student at TU Dublin studying Information Systems & Information Technology. She’s Autistic, Dyslexic, and works in an autistic school. CJay is currently working to develop assistive technology informed by personal experience and experience working with neuro-spicy individuals. She has done award winning work in assistive technology and I’m passionate about sharing my skills with others.

In this webinar, CJay shares her knowledge about assistive technology, why it’s important, and how to use your devices, like Tobii and Grid, to best benefit the user. 


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If you are in a position to make a donation, we would greatly appreciate it as we are working toward more educational webinars and providing the services we all so badly need for our kids.
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