Sensory Friendly Santa

Do you know a child with Autism or Sensory Processing Difficulties?

One thing on the list for many families this Christmas is a visit to Santa’s grotto. But for children with autism and sensory processing difficulties it can become a stressful experience, with too many people, too much noise, queuing, crowding and bustle!
LYFS Sensory Santa session is for children with autism and sensory processing difficulties.
We will set aside some time where families can relax and enjoy a magical Christmas experience. We turn up the lights and turn down the Christmas jingles.
This year we have added
  • Snowball Alley- Fun for all the family
  • Snowman Picture Knockdown
  • Santa’s Family Room with personalised Family Christmas Story
  • Christmas Tree Decoration making
Santa will meet with families individually rather than arranging group visits with multiple families. The session lasting approx 45mins!
Hot chocolate, marshmallows and sweets,  for all!!
LYFS Sensory Santa is on  Thursday 12th December 2019. Booking is essential and time slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A reserve list will exist in case of cancellations.
Numbers are limited on each session, so once you book we will be unable to change you to a different time slot
The visit is FREE however we are accepting donations for LYFS Random Acts of Kindness taking place Friday 13th December 2019
If you would like more information on LYFS Sensory Santa or to book call us on  0861237917

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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