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 Emma 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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Meet the Mallow Team
Emma graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork. She has experience in a variety of different clinical settings including community care clinics, early intervention, nursing homes, acute hospitals, centres for adults with acquired communication difficulties and paediatric acute care. She has worked with people of all ages with a variety of communication and swallowing difficulties, including developmental speech and language delays and disorders, voice disorders, intellectual disabilities, social impairments, dyspraxia, aphasia, dysarthria and swallowing disorders. She also has experience working with people with autism spectrum disorder, hearing loss, cleft lip/palate, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, MND, MS and Down’s syndrome.
Emma played an active role in setting up Cork’s first aphasia-friendly café, as a member of the Clinical Therapies Society, and is involved in its ongoing success. She was involved in training the café staff members in affective communication with people with aphasia. Emma has a lot of experience with working as part of a team and was involved in the training of parents with regards to encouraging their child’s language development. She also was involved in the training of nurses in the care of adults with dysphagia. Emma has a particular interest the role that early years professionals can play in the identification of early communication impairments in children, and has carried out research demonstrating the need for collaboration between early years professionals and speech and language therapists.
Emma is dedicated to building her own professional knowledge, through continued professional development. She is fully dysphagia trained and holds a certificate in Lámh Module 1. She has experience with the use of various AAC devices and in the use of the Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), both as a speech and language therapist and as a special needs assistant.
Emma is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and is a registered member of CORU. She is committed to providing individualised and client centred therapy to all of her clients and to ensuring that open communication and collaboration between therapist and client is upheld.
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.