Speech and Language Therapy services
Speech and Language therapists (SLTs) are qualified professionals that work with clients, who present with a variety of disorders of communication, language and speech.
For example, an SLT may work with children, who develop speech difficulties as they grow up which can often co-exist with other difficulties such as Autism.
Difficulties with speech and language can also exist independently, such as expressive language delay, speech impairment etc.
Our SLT is trained to identify the different types of difficulties and recommend therapy to help with these issues.
Reasons for Referral:
- Slow to start talking
- Not using a lot of words for their age
- Unclear or hard to understand
- Getting frustrated and having difficulty understanding or expressing emotions
- Not following directions and instructions
- Struggling with reading, spelling or comprehension
- Finding it hard to engage with others and play with their peers
- Having difficulty with conversations (e.g. talking about own interests only)
If an of these sound familiar for your child, please contact our clinic on 021 4321 729.
CORK – SLT Team
Aileen O’Brien – Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Aileen is a Senior Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who has recently joined the Sunflower Clinic team. Since graduating from University College Cork in 2009, she has worked in a variety of paediatric settings including preschools, schools, private practice and disability services in Ireland and Australia. Aileen has extensive experience helping children develop their language and social interaction skills, and is passionate about doing so using naturalistic, relationship-based approaches such as DIR Floortime therapy in her work.
She has undergone training in the ‘Hanen – More Than Words’ language program, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding. Aileen is also trained in ‘1 2 3 Magic and Emotional Coaching’, an approach which provides parents with strategies they can use to encourage positive behaviour as well as manage challenging behaviour. Aileen feels strongly about working with families and empowering parents to best understand their child’s development, so that they can feel confident about how to help their child at home.
Yvonne Carey – Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Yvonne is a Senior Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from City University, London in 2013, where she was awarded an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy with distinction. She is passionate about working with children and their families and has a broad range of experience working in a variety of paediatric settings, including clinics, nurseries and mainstream schools as well as a special school for children and young people with Autism and a resource base for Deaf pre-school children. She specialises in working with the Early Years population of under 6’s with a variety of speech and language disorders and other communication difficulties as well as working with children in the specialist clinical areas of Autism, Hearing Impairment and Deafness. Additionally qualified and experienced as a secondary school teacher, she has also worked with older children with additional needs in mainstream school settings.
Yvonne has completed training in the Family Partnership Model, the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy approach, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Gina Davies Attention Autism Programme, The SCERTS Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports) widely implemented for children with ASD. She has trained in sign systems including British Sign Language and Lamh Module 1. She is also trained to administer the ADOS diagnostic for Autism for children as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Yvonne is committed to empowering families and maximising the potential of every child.
DUBLIN SLT Team
Katrina Cahill – Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Katrina is a highly experienced Senior Speech and Language therapist with over 20 years’ experience of working with children with a range of needs. Katrina has worked for the HSE for over 15 years and currently works part-time at The Sunflower Clinic as part of our Multi Disciplinary Team. Katrina is trained in the administration of the ADOS-2 assessment tool and has worked with children on the ASD spectrum for over 10 years.