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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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Fionnuala graduated from University College Cork (UCC) in 2013 with a BSc Hons in Speech and Language Therapy. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings within Ireland including an acute hospital, H.S.E. community clinics, nursing home and school based settings. She lived and worked in Singapore for 5 and a half years, mostly working with the paediatric population. This included working within a variety of early intervention, clinic based and mainstream and special school based settings.
Prior to joining The Speech Centre team, Fionnuala worked within a well established international school in Singapore helping to support children with needs within the mainstream setting. She has also worked with adolescents and children with diverse communication difficulties, including speech and language disorders and delays, apraxia of speech, and social skills. Populations she has worked with include individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and global developmental delays.
In continuing her professional development as a Speech and Language Therapist, Fionnuala has attended courses pertaining to her field. These include Module 1 Lámh, Hanen Parent Training- ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ and ‘More Than Words’, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), and Elklan Total Training Package for 5-11’s.
Fionnuala is a full member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. She is also dysphagia qualified. She is passionate about training parents and caregivers as well as teachers and special needs assistants.
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.