We currently have two (2) speech and language therapists who work in our Castletroy clinic. We also run an outreach clinic in Newcastle West. We offer a service to children and adults of any age with Down syndrome.
Our approach to therapy is linked to the client and family needs. Fortnightly or monthly therapy sessions are run concurrently with school terms on a one to one basis or through group therapy. Client progress and targets are reviewed on a regular basis. Parent and baby coffee mornings where parents can meet are facilitated by speech and language therapists. Parent and family training programmes and information evenings are also offered.
Where appropriate we run summer camps, adult training workshops, focus groups and issue publications with the help of adult service users.
Parents can opt to attend speech therapy sessions or view from an individual viewing station. Therapy can involve a multi-faceted approach such as using computer based programmes.
We target areas that are relevant to the client’s needs at the time, this could include:
- Speech & Articulation
- Oral Motor Skills
- Understanding of Language
- Expression of Language
- Social Skills
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication (e.g. Lámh signs, using pictures or objects to support communication)
- Communication skills relevant to school and supporting learning.
- Communication skills in relation to daily activities and involvement in the community.
- Liaison with school /work environments.
- School programmes.
- Pre-literacy skills.
Our Speech and Language Therapists
“My name is Aoife. I am originally from Waterford City and I joined the team at Down Syndrome Limerick in September 2019. I graduated from University College Cork in 2018 with a First Class Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy. Since then, I have worked as part of the HSE School Aged Disability Team in Waterford City where I worked with children with Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also have experience working in a paediatric primary care setting. I am fully trained in disorders of swallowing and I am certified in Lámh Module 1 and have completed the “Using Lámh in a Total Communication Approach”. I hope to use Lámh extensively in my work in Down Syndrome Limerick. I am dedicated to building a positive therapeutic relationship with my clients and their family members and I look forward to working with you all in Down Syndrome Limerick!”
Fiona Young (member of IASLT and RCSLT) is a highly experienced Speech and Language Therapist, with over 25 years of clinical experience - mostly in the Limerick area, but she has also worked in England and South Africa - across a variety of settings, including school, hospital, training centre, community clinics, university and private practice. She worked as a Speech Therapist for the HSE for over 10 years. Fiona holds an Honours Degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy and a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities, and is trained in several clinical approaches, including Hanen, PECS and Lamh. Fiona has her own private practice.