Speech and Language Therapist
Holly graduated from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy. She presented the findings of her final year dissertation ‘Comprehension and Production of subject and object relative clauses in 7-year-old child speakers of the Standard Irish-English dialect’ at the Child Language Seminar, Newcastle University, UK.
Holly then completed a Masters’ degree in Linguistics in UCD, after which she volunteered as a Speech and Language Therapist for a number of voluntary organisations in Ireland which allowed her to gain experience working with different client groups including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome and Developmental Language Disorder and adults with intellectual disability.
In 2014, Holly began working in an Early Years NHS community-based setting in London, working with children aged 0 to 5 years. She gained experience in planning, organising and implementing assessment and 1:1 and group therapy interventions within the clinic for children with a range of communication difficulties including speech and language delay and disorder, developmental delay and social communication disorders including ASD and Down’s Syndrome. She ran ‘drop-in’ services in children’s centres, trained Early Years Practitioners in running language groups and ran Speech and Language workshops for parents of children with social communication difficulties in the clinic. She has worked collaboratively with other professionals including Occupational Therapists, paediatricians, Early Years Practitioners, teachers and music therapists.
Holly joined the Caint team in September 2019 and has since gained experience in working with children and adult clients. She is trained in the following techniques and interventions: Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Lamh Sign Language, Intensive Interaction, Hanen It Takes Two To Talk, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC). She is also trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADIR).
Holly is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and her qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional Body (CORU).