Saturday Speech and Language Therapist
Laura has worked as a speech therapist for ten years in St. Michael’s House Disability Services, supporting children from Early Services through to the older school-aged child, with a caseload comprising of children from Dublin’s North Inner City region to the North County Dublin Area. Laura has designed and delivered tailor-made training packages for School Staff, supporting these children in both specialized and mainstream Educational settings. In addition, Laura has delivered training packages, including the very effective Hanen Training Course, “It Takes Two to Talk” for parents.
Laura has also worked on additional projects including content development work for the speech and language therapy parent training app, Talk2MeMore (www.talk2memore.com) and has also carried out consultative work for Mothertongues (www.mothertongues.ie) , an organisation that supports families raising bilingual children and promotes multilingualism in Ireland.
Laura has a particular interest in incorporating the social model of disability into her practice, focusing on working to the strengths of her clients, identifying adaptations that can be made to both the communicative environment and looking at how communication partners can provide support and scaffolding to help the child reach their potential. She believes therapy should be fun, task focused and confidence building and something that the child looks forward to.
Laura also has a special interest in articulation disorders and AAC (alternative and Augmentative Communication systems).
Laura also uses auditory, visual and tactile cues when working with articulation disorders, specializing in therapeutic approaches including cued-articulation (a form of tactile signing) and also in the use of apps that provide auditory and visual feedback to speech sound attempts made by the child.
Laura, having herself, gone through a repair for a bilateral cleft, lip and palate as a child, has a special interest in working with children presenting with cleft type speech errors.