At the Speech Centre Castlebar, we pride ourselves on delivering a high quality Speech and Language Therapy service for individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Our Castlebar speech therapy team are qualified to the highest standards in working with children and adults with speech, language, communication, voice and swallowing difficulties.
We are committed to providing an open and supportive environment for our clients and their families in our clinic here. The Castlebar Speech Therapy Team invest time in getting to know our clients individually, and ensure that our services are tailored to their specific needs. We have strong links with local health and education organisations and services in Mayo, and work alongside teachers, carers and other healthcare professionals to achieve the best outcomes for all of our clients.
At the Speech Centre, we value the views of our clients and ensure that goals are developed alongside them and their families. For our younger attendees, we ensure our sessions are fun filled and motivating, so that attending Speech and Language therapy is something they enjoy.
We are dedicated to providing a high quality service and our therapists are continually developing their clinical skills through continued professional development.
Overall, I would say my experience with the Speech Centre has been one which has encouraged, helped and benefited me greatly. The approach is both gentle and affirming, yet has also enabled me to journey much further along the road of control than I would ever have imagined possible. I now have more hope, more control and can see that I should not be defined by this speech impediment.
McHale Park, McHale Road
Castlebar Mayo Ireland
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Meet the Castlebar Team
Joseph graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork. He has worked with both children and adults with a variety of speech, language and swallowing difficulties, including phonological delay/disorder, language delay/ disorder, developmental language disorder, stammering, dysarthria, aphasia, dysphagia, dysphonia, stroke and progressive neurological conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
He has gained experience working in a number of different settings including paediatric and mixed paediatric/ adult community care, adult acute care, and services for adults with acquired brain injuries. He has also taken part in the Communication Partner Scheme for adults with aphasia and other acquired communication difficulties, and has completed the Lámh Module 1 course.
Joseph has a strong research background. In 2016, he was awarded a Scholarship by the Health Research Board to conduct a quantitative research project. In this project, Joseph adapted a computerised assessment of speech prosody, the Profiling Elements of Prosody of Speech Communication (PEPS-C) 2015, for assessing and diagnosing speech prosody disorders in an Irish-English speaking population. He used the new version of the assessment, the PEPS-C (2015) IE, to examine the speech prosody abilities of typical speakers of Irish-English and individuals learning English as a second language in Ireland. Joseph then went on to use the PEPS-C (2015) IE to investigate the speech prosody abilities of adults with Down syndrome.
Joseph is a member of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and is a registered member of CORU. He is eager to continue to develop his professional profile as a member of The Speech Centre team through continuing professional development and the provision of individualised, holistic intervention to clients.
Natalie graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway with a BSc Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy. She has experience in a range of settings, including HSE primary care clinics, mainstream primary schools, special schools, and acute care in hospitals. She has provided speech and language assessment and targeted intervention for the paediatric population in primary community care clinics, both on a one-to-one and group basis. She also has experience in working with the adult and older-person populations, providing therapeutic care in voice disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria, and cognitive communication disorders associated with various neurological conditions. As an advocate for social inclusion, Natalie has been an active participant in the Communication Partner Programme for individuals living with long-term aphasia.
Natalie has also worked in paediatric disability services as part of a large multi-disciplinary team which had transitioned to the HSE Progressing Disability Services (PDS) scheme. She worked with children and adolescents with Down’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, intellectual disability, and other complex needs where she further developed skills in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). She has previously received Lámh module 1 and Derbyshire Language Scheme certification, and more recently completed introductory training in the PLAY project – a developmental-based intervention for young children with ASD.
Natalie is committed to providing client-centred evidence-based therapeutic care and developing her current skill-set through continued professional development. She is a member of IASLT in addition to being CORU registered. She has also recently obtained Children First certification.
Before completing her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy in 2006, Catriona’s background was in education and linguistics, where she worked with children and young adults with language and behavioural difficulties, and in a physical disability setting in Speech and Language Therapy. On completion of her Masters, she worked for a number of years in an acute hospital, before moving to community adult services. She has since specialised in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in the adult population, and currently provides services to nursing homes and hospitals around Ireland. She has completed post-graduate specialised training in Adult Acquired Neurological Dysphagia, Videofluoroscopy Analysis, and Cervical Auscultation.
Over the years Catriona has also worked in paediatric settings, gaining a firm knowledge of various therapy approaches and techniques, including PECs, the Derbyshire Language Scheme, Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’, and Kids Express Train, which uses music in therapy for children with autism. She is also trained in Lamh and Irish Sign Language, as well as clinical voice skills including Laryngeal Manual Therapy.
Catriona began work in private practice in 2009, and established her own clinic in 2010. The Speech Centre has now expanded to eight locations around Ireland, and the team of Speech and Language Therapists is growing. Catriona is dedicated to furthering the professional development of herself and her team, and is involved in training Undergraduate and Masters level Speech and Language Therapy students.