Welcome to The Speech Centre, located in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre on the 1st floor. Here in The Speech Centre Mallow, we work with a varied group of clients including both adults and children. In an open and friendly environment, we conduct speech, language, and swallow assessments, create client-centred therapy plans, and work together with you and your family members to discover the most beneficial and effective form of intervention for you.
MPHC is a state of the art medical centre in Mallow town that serves the whole community and provides exceptional medical care, and we are delighted to be part of the enhanced medical services. Our therapy is of a very high standard and we do our utmost to ensure that therapy in our clinic is tailored to suit the specific needs of each of our individual clients. If you would like to find out more about us, or would like to book an appointment with us here at The Speech Centre Mallow, you can contact Orla directly on 0851693404.
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.
Mallow Business Park
Mallow Co Cork Ireland
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Orla graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork. She has gained clinical experience in a HSE early intervention team, HSE primary care clinics, mainstream schools, acute hospitals and rehabilitation services for adults with acquired communication impairments. She 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, cleft palate, childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria, aphasia, dysphagia and dysphonia. She has worked in paediatric disability services as part of a multidisciplinary team, working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability and other complex needs. She has experience delivering one to one, group intervention as well as parent training.
Orla has particular interest in the area of aphasia. Aphasia is an impairment of language affecting the production and understanding of spoken language and a person's ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain most commonly from a stroke. She completed research on the public awareness of aphasia to determine the current level of awareness of aphasia in Ireland. The aim of the research was to provide information to help build the national awareness of aphasia to encourage social inclusion for individuals with aphasia. Orla has been an active participant in the Communication Partner Programme for individuals living with aphasia and has frequently volunteered in the Aphasia cafe Cork.
Orla is continuously furthering her clinical skills through continuing professional development. She has completed Lámh module 1 and is dysphagia competent. She is CORU registered, is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, and has obtained Children First certification. Orla’s main priority is to help others and strives to facilitate the best quality of life possible for her clients and their family while incorporating person centered and evidence based approaches to improve their day to day life.
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.