Our Tralee Clinic opened in March 2016 in Oakview Village Childcare. We are delighted to be a part of the centre’s Early Years Support Service. The centre provides access to a variety of services including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy and Music Therapy. The services provided by the centre are not exclusive to those availing of childcare there, and can be accessed by the general public just by phoning to make an appointment.
We use the same therapy room as the other services on alternate days which ensures consistency for your child if they are attending more than one service. Our Speech and Language Therapist often works alongside the other professionals in the centre to provide the best therapy for our clients. The clinic is wheelchair accessible and is located less than five minutes from Tralee town centre, beside Enable Ireland. We welcome both children and adults of all ages from Tralee and surrounding areas. Our Tralee Speech Therapy clinic is on Thursdays. The clinic’s opening hours are from 9.00 am – 6.00pm.
The Tralee Speech Therapy team are situated in Oakview Village Childcare Centre
Directions to The Speech Centre – Tralee: From the Tralee Bus and Rail station turn right at the traffic lights then take the first left onto Brewery road. Turn right off Brewery road (before the Greyhound stadium) into Oakview Village. Follow directions for the Centre.
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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Meet the Tralee Team
Elaine graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from University College Cork. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including H.S.E primary community care clinics, nursing homes, acute hospitals, rehabilitation units and services for adults with acquired communication impairments. She has worked with a diverse client group encompassing people of all ages, presenting with communication and swallowing difficulties such as developmental speech and language delays and disorders, aphasia, dysarthria, social skills and swallowing impairments. Populations she has worked with include post-stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury autism spectrum disorder.
Elaine has a particular interest in the area of acquired communication disorders and has completed research pertaining to the use of technology by speech and language therapists in the management of these difficulties, with particular focus on how technology can be beneficial to therapeutic interventions. Elaine also has experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and has provided training to both staff and parents in various settings.
Elaine is committed to furthering her clinical skills through continuing professional development. She is dysphagia competent and has attended courses relating to her profession, including Lámh Module 1 and training in the management of paediatric dysphagia.
Elaine is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and is a registered member of CORU. She is dedicated to providing each one of her clients with individualised, client-centred therapy.
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.