Speech and Langauge Therapist
Niamh joined the CAINT Speech and Language Therapy team in 2016. Niamh is based in the Portmarnock and Naas clinics. Niamh graduated from University College Cork in 2016. She is a full member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and her professional qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU).
Niamh has experience with childhood speech sound and phonological difficulties. She has ample experience carrying out evidence-based interventions in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for her clients. Niamh collaborates with clients and parents, taking into consideration their personal goals for therapy.
Niamh is experienced in assessment and intervention for children with language delays and disorders, such as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Niamh works closely with teachers, Special Educational Needs (SEN) teams and other professionals, in order to ensure a holistic approach to intervention. Niamh develops home and school programs and works closely with teachers to establish and incorporate curriculum based goals.
Niamh is trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R). She carries out ADOS assessments with a Clinical Psychologist on a weekly basis. Niamh is experienced in Early Intervention for children presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or suspected ASD. Niamh works closely with parents to support them to help their child’s communication development. Niamh also engages in one-to- one, direct intervention with children with ASD, incorporating evidence-based practices.
Niamh has developed ‘coaching’ skills through her work with ‘Happy Talk’, a language development project working in areas of social disadvantage in Ireland, where she coached parents and teachers to use evidence-based strategies to promote early language development and speech sound stimulation.
Niamh has worked with children with complex physical disabilities – such as Cerebral Palsy – many of whom used Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. Niamh worked closely with parents and families of these children, in a multi-disciplinary setting. Niamh is trained in ‘Lámh – Module 1’.
Niamh also assesses adults who present with communication challenges (e.g. Aphasia; Voice disorders such as functional voice disorders/presbyphonia) and provides evidence-based interventions. Niamh is trained as a Conversation Partner for people with acquired language difficulties; e.g. Aphasia following a stroke. In 2015, Niamh was awarded the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia University Prize for excellence in the field of aphasia research.
Niamh currently works as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team involving Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychology and Clinical Psychology which allows her to develop a comprehensive view of her clients’ areas of strength and indeed their challenges. Niamh strives to develop functional and meaningful goals for each of her clients, considering both the evidence base and her clients’ own motivations for therapy.