Back2School Webinar

As part of our Back2School work, on August 18 2020 we hosted a webinar for both parents and teachers of children with asthma.

The webinar, which featured Parent and Life Expert, Aoife Lee and Respiratory Paediatric Consultant, Dr. Dez Cox, addressed some of the most asked questions in relation to children with asthma returning to school this month.

Questions/topics included:

  • Should children with asthma be going back to school this month?
  • Are children with asthma more likely to contract COVID-19
  • Should children with asthma be wearing facemasks in school?
  • What additional precautions should be enforced to children who live with a vulnerable person (severe asthma)?
  • Dealing with anxiety caused by your child going back to school
  • How to make sure you child feels safe returning to school during COVID-19

The Webinar can be viewed here

Our Life Alongside COVID-19 Work is kindly supported by AstraZeneca.

To download our Back2School Checklist, click here.

If you have questions about your child returning to school, or asthma in the classroom, please send a WhatsApp message to our free Beating Breathlessness WhatsApp service on 086 059 0132 where our respiratory nurse specialist will get back to you as soon as possible.


Who were our Guest Speakers?

Prof. Des Cox - Head of the Respiratory Department at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin
Prof. Des Cox is head of the respiratory department at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin. In addition to his current role, he received an adjunct appointment as a clinical professor with the UCD School of Medicine in 2019. Des is also the chair of the RCPI policy group on Tobacco and is a member of the national clinical advisor group for Cystic Fibrosis. Prof. Cox qualified in medicine from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2001. He completed his paediatric training in Ireland and received his CSCST in 2011. He completed a fellowship in paediatric respiratory medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth, Australia.

Aoife Lee - Founder of Parent Support

Aoife is an accredited parent and life coach and founder of Parent Support. She offers parents easy to learn skills and a variety of parenting tools that can help the parent build a calmer and happier home. Aoife recently won an award for ‘Best in Education’ at the 2019 Family Friendly Ireland Awards. Aoife previously worked for over 12 years with the Health Service Executive as part of an Early Intervention team and Social Work team supporting families with the many challenges of parenting, working one-to-one in the family home as well as facilitating parenting groups. She features regularly on Ireland AM as their parenting expert as well as national radio. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Applied Social Studies from The Institute of Technology, Sligo. Aoife also holds a Diploma in Parent Coaching and a Fetac Level 6 Certificate in Train the Trainer.