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Our Hall

We currently employ one 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.

Our Hall

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.
    • Assessment.
    • Pre-literacy skills.


Our Speech and Language Therapists

Olive Buckridge has over 10 years’ experience working in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of phonology, articulation, language delay, specific language impairment, literacy and dyslexia. She also specialises in adult communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria, and apraxia of speech. Olive has worked in both pediatric and adult rehabilitation settings, as well as hospitals and community clinics. Olive worked in the Department of Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick as the Practice Education coordinator and is now working in the Newport Speech and Language Therapy Centre.


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







Speech and Language Tips

Include your child in preparation for the new school year. Promote vocabulary development by talking about what is needed. Involvement in the process can make this a positive and exciting time.

Chairperson Message of The Month

Hello, my name is Paudie Murray and I am husband to Aoife and father to Rachael, Ciara and Hannah. Hannah who has Down syndrome is approaching her fourth birthday and is currently attending pre-school. Hannah is a unique individual with her own personality, family background and preferences that make her who she is. She is our child, our daughter, our sister but ultimately she is herself. Previous to Hannah’s birth we had little knowledge of the difficulties for people with Down Syndrome and their families. However, neither did we realise how rewarding it would be to parent a child with Down Syndrome. Hannah brings more joy and happiness to our family than anyone could ever imagine and we have learned so much already from her.

At Down Syndrome Limerick we are dedicated to being a primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families working towards an improved quality of life for our members and a respect for and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of our society. We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of our organization and we value the uniqueness and diverse needs of our members and their families which govern all our activities.

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