Early Intervention and Family Support Manager
Maryrose is the Early Intervention and Family Support Manager and oversees the day-to-day management of the SPECS initiative as well as supporting staff and planning ahead to ensure the supports provided are meeting the needs of children and families in the Bray area. Her background is in social science and she has a Masters in Community Development from NUI Galway. Before moving to SPECS, she was the manager of a busy education service in Dublin’s inner city working to improve educational outcomes for children.
Senior Development and Support Worker
Lulu is a Senior Development and Support Worker with SPECS and is trained in delivering the Preparing for Life Programme. She is also a trained facilitator and referrer with the Strengthening Families Programme. She holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Addiction and a Bachelor’s Degree in General Nursing. She joined the SPECS team with over 14 years experience in the Addiction Service of the HSE, where she worked as the Parent Support Liaison Nurse. Lulu is a member of the Substance Misuse and Child Welfare Specialist Interest Group.
Development and Support Worker
Claire is a Development and Support Worker with SPECS. Her background is in social care and she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies. She has worked in mainstream residential services for teenagers and also in disability and autism specific services. Claire is one of the Preparing for Life mentors in SPECS and she co-facilitates the PEEP parent and toddler groups. She is also a trained facilitator for Parents Plus Early Years, Circle of Security and Roots of Empathy.
Development and Support Worker
Deirdre has a BSC in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Post Grad in Embodied Psychotherapy. Deirdre joined SPECS in January 2018 as a Support and Development Worker. Having worked in the addictions field for over ten years Deirdre was eager to become involved in ABC as she knew from experience that early intervention is the key to building brighter futures for our community. Deirdre is also trained in PEEP, Parents Plus and Circle of Security which we deliver in SPECS both as a group and also one to one.
Transitions Development Worker
Bróna is the Transitions Development Worker on the SPECS team, her background is in Early Childhood Development and Education and she has over 16 years experience working with children and their families. Bróna has a BA Hons Degree in Early Education and she has also spent many years as a QQI Tutor. Bróna's role in SPECS is to liaise and support local schools, preschools and crèches while linking in with outside agencies as part of a community approach to early intervention. Since joining SPECS Bróna has also trained to facilitate Hanen LLLI, Parents Plus Early Years, Circle of Security and our PEEP toddler groups.
Family Support Worker
Colleen is a Family Support Worker for SPECS. Colleen focuses on supporting parents and children within the community. Her background is in social care and she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Social Studies. Colleen has worked in homeless and addiction residential services and residential service for adults with disabilities. She also has experience working within early years services.
Speech and Language Therapist
Anita is a Speech and Language Therapist, she qualified from TCD in 2003 and has worked in both Primary Care and Disability Teams in the HSE since then. As part of a joint working initiative between SPECS and the HSE Anita is now working with SPECS to deliver training aimed at supporting children’s oral language development to Early Years Services, Primary Schools and community groups. Anita is also a Parents Plus Early Years facilitator.
Administration and Communications
Gillian looks after all administration, office management and communications for SPECS. Gillian designs all of our posters, flyers and online communications. She graduated from Waterford IT with a National Diploma in Art and Art History. Her background is in Graphic Design and office administration and has worked in these fields for over 20 years.