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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

It can be fun to reflect back on enjoyable times during the summer break. Use photographs of a day out, holiday or family event to recall these times and encourage commenting. These could be brought in to school or work to share as news.

Chairperson Message of The Month

For my second and last message to you all, if you have been on holidays I hope you had a good time and enjoyed yourselves and if you are still looking forward to sometime off, have a good time and stay safe.

I would like to welcome Claire Walsh, on board, as a temporary replacement for Breeda.

The next big event we have to look forward to is the Tour de Munster BBQ on Thursday August 6. You will have received your invitation by this stage, via e-mail and post. Please make a big effort to come along and meet all the cyclists who are doing this cycle for all our members in Munster. Claire needs to know how many people we will be catering for, so please let her know as soon as possible if you are going attend.  Looking forward to having a big turn out for the occasion and hopefully I'll see you there

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