Our Speech and Language Therapy services in Castlebar have now closed. Please see www.isti.ie for alternative private practitioners in your area. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
We continue to provide a dysphagia service to nursing homes in the Mayo area, please email email@example.com if you wish to refer to this service.
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
Contact the Castlebar Team
Our Speech and Language Therapy services in Castlebar have now closed.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
Meet the Castlebar Team
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.