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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.
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Donnycarney Dublin 5 Ireland
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Nienke De Villiers
Nienke graduated with a BSc degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. She started her career working in a hospital setting in South Africa and thereafter moved to Namibia where she continued to work in private practice. During this time, she developed a special interest in Early Childhood Intervention and completed a Masters degree in the field.
She has gained valuable experience in working with children with a range of communication difficulties in the areas of speech production, language, literacy and fluency over the last few years. She has worked with children with developmental delays, stuttering, learning difficulties, hearing impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Nienke is passionate about developing individualised programmes suited to each child’s daily routines, activities and interests. She enjoys teamwork and strives to actively involve, support and educate families in the process.
In addition to working with children, she has gained experience in working with adults with swallowing and communication disorders.
Nienke is committed to continuing her professional development. She has attended courses relating to Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing, Literacy, and Oral Sensitivity.
Nienke is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and her qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU).
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.