The Mount Merrion branch of The Speech Centre is located upstairs in Mount Merrion Medical Centre. Along with our Speech and Language Therapy clinic, the family-run Mount Merrion practice includes a GP practice, a practice nurse and a number of Physiotherapists; all located in a bright and family friendly environment.
Our Dublin speech therapy team work with the client and their family members to bring about the best possible outcomes in keeping with a client-centred approach to care. What this really means is that we listen to what your goals are, and work together towards them.
Having scheduled a therapy session, you will find the Mount Merrion Practice itself located in a mini-hub of shops, restaurants, and coffee shops; a popular local gathering place and an ideal spot for the client and family to eat and relax before or after their therapy session. For our younger clients, there is also a children’s park adjacent to the clinic.
Our Mount Merrion Speech Centre aims to offer the most stress free and client friendly environment and with this in mind, there is also free parking in front of the clinic, while we are just a 5 minute drive from Stillorgan Road and just 20 minutes from the M50.
My Son has been attending the Speech Centre for the last two years and it has been a good service from day one. While remaining very professional the therapists develop a friendship with the child which encourages him/her to participate in the sessions. My son loves the dynamic of the sessions and I can see a huge improvement since we started. I In my experience the therapist has been available outside sessions to help me liaise with school and any other queries I might have had. I have already recommended their services to a few friends and will continue to do so. Thanks The Speech Centre and especially thanks to Alex.
71 Deerpark Road
Mount Merrion Dublin Ireland
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Alex Carey graduated with a BSc Hons in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork, and in August 2015 submitted her final dissertation for an MSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, H.S.E. community clinics, nursing homes, intellectual disability settings, outpatient rehabilitation units and school settings. She has worked with adults, adolescents and children with diverse communication and swallowing difficulties. These include speech and language disorders and delays, cognitive impairment, aphasia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, social skills, and swallowing disorders. Populations she has worked with include individuals with intellectual disabilities, dementia, post stroke, and autistic spectrum disorders.
Alex completed research relating to the assessment of speech sound disorders and on interventions to promote oral feeding in preterm infants. She will be presenting her research findings at the European Society for Swallowing Disorders in Barcelona, October 2015. Alex is particularly interested in eating, drinking and swallowing disorders and currently provides services to nursing homes in Dublin and the east of the country.
Alex is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. She is also a member of the Dysphagia Special Interest group and is committed to advancing her knowledge on the latest evidence available in this field.
Catherine Haugh graduated with an MSc First Class Honours in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick. She has gained experience in a range of settings including H.S.E. primary care community clinics, intellectual disability settings, acute care hospital and an adult rehabilitation setting. Catherine also had the unique opportunity of completing a clinical placement in a UK school setting, dedicated to supporting children and adolescents with specific language impairment. She has developed clinical skills necessary for the holistic management of a variety of communication and swallowing difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. These include developmental speech and language delays and disorders, voice disorders, aphasia, motor speech disorders and dysphagia particularly associated with stroke, head and neck cancer and progressive neurological disorders including dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neuron Disease. Populations she has worked with include intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, post stroke, head and neck cancer and individuals with progressive neurological disorders. Catherine also has experience in parent and staff training. Catherine is dysphagia qualified and completed research relating to the feasibility of implementing a free water protocol for thin liquid aspiration in an acute geriatric setting.
Prior to completing speech and language therapy training, Catherine completed a BSc in Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences providing her with unique background knowledge.
Catherine is committed to developing her clinical skills through continued professional development. She has completed Lámh Module 1 training. Catherine is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and was an active member of the student committee for her second academic year.
Elaine graduated from the National University, Galway with a first class BSc. Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy in 2016 and was the recipient of the IASLT prize for academic achievement. Over the course of her training she has worked in acute hospitals, HSE primary care, ASD services, and Early Intervention. She has worked with a diverse range of clients including those with complex needs, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, ASD, Parkinson’s disease, post stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Elaine also holds certificates in Lámh module 1 and the Derbyshire Language Scheme.
While an undergraduate student, Elaine was involved in designing and delivering the Communication Awareness Programme which aims to promote participation for people with communication impairments and was on the presenting team at the Enactus National Finals in 2015 and 2016 where NUIG was placed second. Her final year dissertation investigating the font preference of adults with intellectual disabilities has been well received at numerous conferences; Health Promotion and Research, Trinity Interdisciplinary Research and International Association of Logopedics & Phoniatrics conference. She hopes to publish her research in the near future.
Elaine is committed to continuing her development, in particular in the area of dysphagia and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin.
Elaine is a graduate member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and is currently on the committee for the Biennial IASLT conference which will be held in 2017. She is also a member of the Dysphagia Special Interest group.
Katie Higgins graduated with a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including an acute hospital, rehabilitation unit, H.S.E. centres and nursing homes, and a school setting. She has gained a wide range of experience working with adults, adolescents and children with diverse communication and swallowing difficulties. These include aphasia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, cognitive impairment, voice disorders, speech and language delays, social skills, use of alternative and augmentative communication and swallowing disorders. She has experience working with clients including those post stroke, post glossectomy, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, dementia, autistic spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities.
Katie completed research relating to the use of conventional and alternative therapies for children with Autism, which she presented at the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists’ Conference in 2011. In continuing her professional development as a Speech and Language Therapist, Katie has attended courses pertaining to her field. These include Module 1 Lámh, Level 1 Irish Sign Language and a Tracheotomy Safety Pathway study day.
Katie is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. She is dysphagia qualified and is also a member of the Dysphagia Special Interest Group.
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.