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SPECS Family Support Service  


SPECS now have a family support service which focuses on working with parents of children from the ages of 7-12 years and is there to support parents to build the skills necessary in their role as primary carers and educators for their children. Supports can be offered in a group or 1:1 setting and we have a waiting list open for 2 new supports with further details below.

Parents Plus Children’s Programme (parents of 7-11 year olds)

This is a 9 week free programme which gives parents practical tools to deal with the struggles they are having with their child and topics covered include:


Topics Covered

  • Play and special time

  • Building children’s self esteem and confidence

  • Encouraging children’s learning

  • Managing misbehaviour

  • Problems solving/ talking problems through with children

How do I apply for a course or get more info? 

Please Call 01 211 6481 or Email

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Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) training (parents of 7-12 year olds)

This is a 8 week programme and the goal is to reduce conflict in your relationship with your child as well as strengthening the relationship. The main topics covered include:

Topics Covered:

  • Changing reactions to child’s behaviour and setting new ways to reaction

  • De-escalation skills to help parents stay calm in challenging situations

  • Develop the parent child relationship

  • Help parents identify other supports

  • Development of self-management and self-calming techniques

  • Support acts of reconciliation and random acts of kindness


If you would like any more information or to refer a family please contact:


Phone: 086 029 7445 

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Meitheal is a national practice model to ensure that the needs and strengths of children and their families are effectively identified, understood and responded to in a timely way so that children and families get the help and support needed to improve children’s outcomes and to realise their full potential.

The Meitheal process is voluntary and helps families in a number of ways including:

  • Early identification and early intervention of need

  • Promotes coordination of services provision to meet unmet needs

  • Focuses on developing a common language

  • Can be used with children aged 0-18 years.

  • Parent led/ parental consent is required.

  • Outcome focused.


For more information about our Family Supports please


Phone: 086 029 7445 

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