Autumn 2024: Courses for parents: Parenting Exceptional Children

A strengths-based approach to raising autistic, ADHD and other neurodivergent children


An online three-week course for parents, with John Sharry.

Evening course dates: Tuesdays 1st, 8th and 15th October 8pm-9:30pm.
Morning course dates: Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th October 10am-11:30am.

Drawing on his Irish Times article series on the topic, Prof John Sharry presents this three week online parenting course that will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding autism, ADHD and other neurodivergent differences
  • Understanding your unique child’s challenges and needs
  • Building your child’s well being and self-esteem
  • Guiding children and promoting autonomy
  • Managing challenges and problem solving
  • Advocating for your child and supporting them in the future

Who is the course for?
The course suitable for all parents of neurodivergent children, whether they have a formal diagnosis or not. It is primarily targeted at the needs of children aged 6-16 years who have low support needs. For children with an intellectual disability or high support needs, please additionally consider attending the Parents Plus Special Needs Programme which is run via Family Carers Ireland.

Cost: €90 for one or both parents to attend.
Booking a place:
You can book a place on either of these courses here.

Presenter Biography
Prof John Sharry is a social worker and family psychotherapist with over 30 years experience as a child and adolescent mental health professional. He is founder and clinical director of the Parents Plus Charity, an adjunct Professor at the School of Psychology in UCD and an Irish Times Parenting Columnist. He is the author of over 25  positive psychology, parenting books and mental health programmes, including the Parents Plus ADHD Childrens Programme and the Parents Plus Special Needs Programme. He has been working with families of neurodivergent children for nearly 30 years since he completed his masters on parenting an autistic child in 1995.