All children worry at times, but for increasing numbers of young children it can be a real challenge to manage their anxiety. As preschool practitioners focus on the wellbeing of the children in their care, it is important that they understand how best to support anxious children and their families. In this talk, Dr Mary O'Kane explains exactly how anxiety works and how it impacts young children physically and emotionally. She will also offer practical advice on how to support these children helping them to manage their fears and gain confidence.
Dr Mary O'Kane originally studied Psychology in the UK, then specialised in the area of Early Childhood while undertaking her Masters and Doctorate at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland. Mary is currently a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education with Maynooth University, teaching in the areas of Children’s Learning and Development, Children’s Wellbeing, and Educational Transitions. She is also an Associate Lecturer in Psychology with the Open University. During 2015-2016 she conducted the fortnightly monthly Parenting Slot on the Anton Savage show on Today FM, answering parenting queries from listeners. She is also a regular contributor to Ireland AM on both parenting and early childhood education issues.
Course Duration and Delivery
Inservice Training Public Training This is a 3 hour course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event, and a 2h course when delivered as a webinar.