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Teen Leadership OT Programme


Our Teen Leadership OT Programme has been designed to give teenagers a headstart by teaching them practical life skills, building individual strengths and developing their self-esteem. The power of group interaction and peer support maximises each participant’s experience and may lead to lasting friendships.

We use a combination of occupational therapy principles, team building initiatives and practical activities to expand leadership skills. By developing a strong sense of self, teenagers can gain a sense of control over their lives. Leadership is also about advocacy – here teenagers learn the art of self-advocacy. With the right skills and attitudes in place teenagers can learn to advocate for themselves in their schools and communities, which in turn leads to positive reinforcement and increased confidence.

This programme has been specifically developed for teenagers with dyspraxia/DCD or those with motor skills deficits/learning difficulties.

Focus Areas

The programme focuses on developing the following skills:

  • Self esteem and self-worth
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation - taking personal responsibility
  • Communication/assertiveness
  • Problem solving/decision making
  • Emotional coping skills
  • Managing stress
  • Social confidence
  • Motor skills


We use a Sensory Integration approach, and work from a Strengths Based model to help teenagers reach their full potential. This 4 day programme integrates aspects of Yoga, Chi Gong/Tai Chi and meditation to develop strong coping mechanisms early on in life. It also includes motor skills activities and sensory strategies for learning. It’s a hugely FUN environment with lots of teamwork and this is how teens learn best. The group will also be guided to reflect on their experiences and how they can integrate new insights and skills into their daily lives.

Teenagers are invited to complete a questionnaire at the beginning to empower them in the process and to ensure the programme is specific to their needs.

We complete the programme with an awards ceremony (parents invited) to celebrate each teenager’s strengths and all of the successes from the week.

Programme Details

Dates: Tuesday August 14th – Friday August 187h          

Times: 2pm – 5pm daily (12 hours of therapeutic programming)

Venue: South Beach Pavilion, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

Cost: €325 or €295 for Dyspraxia Ireland members

Email: otmaire@gmail.com or call Máire 086 3612102 for more details and to reserve your space.


Máire Ní Ghiobaláin is a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist, who runs her own Private Practice in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. She qualified from Trinity College Dublin 16 years ago and is a member of AOTI and the OT Paediatric Advisory Group. Máire works primarily with children with dyspraxia/DCD. She also has a post-graduate diploma in Bereavement Studies (RCSI), with experience in supporting children through grief and loss.  

Máire is a certified Universal Healing Tao Instructor– she teaches Chi Gong and meditation and also trained as an Additional Needs Yoga Therapist in London. She worked as a Senior Consultant for an international children’s organisation in developing camp programmes for children with additional needs in Ireland, UK and Africa.

Máire previously developed specifically tailored Teen Programmes for children with dyspraxia. She uses a unique approach, integrating all of her studies and experience to create successful opportunities for teenagers to reach their absolute best.

Máire is recommended by Dyspraxia Ireland for whom she regularly facilitates Talks, Workshops and Parent Support Groups.

Joanne Quinn works with children and adults in theatre, dance, yoga and mindfulness. Her practice and work is always geared towards her student’s well-being. She creates a safe space for young people to develop both socially and emotionally. Joanne is an honours graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, UCC and holds a post-graduate diploma in Physical Theatre from Queens University, Belfast. Joanne teaches various programmes with children and teenagers in schools and communities in Dublin and Wicklow.

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