Parenting and early childhood education expert - Dr Mary O'Kane

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Dr Mary O’Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology and Early Childhood Education teaching with the Open University. Popular for sharing her expertise in a warm and relatable way, Mary is a regular contributor to Ireland AM on both parenting and early childhood education issues. She gives public talks on a range of topics related to child wellbeing, parenting, and education, and is well known for her humorous down to earth approach.

Dr Mary O'Kane

Dr Mary O’Kane – Parenting and Early Childhood Education Expert

Mary frequently appears on both national and local radio, such as Today FM, Newstalk, KFM Radio, KCLR 96FM, Northern Sound Radio, Tipp FM and Highland Radio, to discuss a range of parenting and early childhood education topics.

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…has an engaged and ever-growing social media following, and you are welcome to join this community, by ‘liking’ her Facebook page. We all need a little help and advice occasionally, and Mary posts research-proven and practical tips on her social media channels to support you in your parenting journey.

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Mary O’Kane delivered a fantastically engaging and practical talk for parents on the subject of childhood anxiety. It covered the physical and psychological manifestation of anxiety in children and how best to help them understand what is happening and how to manage it. As a rurally based Family Resource Centre we were delighted to engage a speaker of this knowledge and experience who has a real understanding of the issues facing parents currently

– Julie O’Halloran, Millennium Family Resource Centre

We had Dr Mary O’Kane for a talk on anxiety at The Venue Theatre in Ratoath. Personally I took a great deal away from this talk and the feedback from the local community was that Mary was extremely knowledgeable on the subject of anxiety. She was compassionate and her personal experience with dealing with anxiety made the talk resonate greatly with her audience. There is huge demand for Mary to come back again.

– Eilish Balfe, Happy Days Playschool, Ratoath

Dr Mary O Kane engaged with us on three workshops during months of August & September 2020. Dr Mary was excellent offering great support to participants listening & working with parents around supporting their young people around beginning & returning to school & anxieties they felt. She offered parents great support around soothing young people around this school return, instilling confidence in them; confidence in their school & their teachers & offering helpful book suggestions.

– Laura McHugh, Mohill Family Support Centre




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