Trudy Dalton

Speech and Language Therapist

Trudy Dalton (MSc Speech and Language Therapy; BSc Applied Social Studies) recently joined the CAINT speech therapy team, following graduating with a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from University of Limerick. She is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapy and her qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU).

Before studying to be a speech therapist, Trudy graduated with a degree in applied social studies in social care.  Trudy previously worked in a service for adults with intellectual disabilities which involved working with a person-centred approach to assist these individuals with daily living and improve their quality of life.  This involved implementing programmes that were put in place by the psychology team and speech and Language therapy team.

Since graduating as a speech and language therapist, Trudy has gained experience in assessment, differential diagnosis and planning individualised therapy programmes for children and young people presenting with a range of communication difficulties, e.g. speech and language delay, severe learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and stammering as well as adults with intellectual disabilities and (ASD).

Based on each client’s strength and weaknesses Trudy develops functional goals for each client.  She believes strongly in the importance of developing functional goals, benefiting both the client and their family. She has gained experience in developing home and school programmes for children presenting with communication delay/disorder.

Trudy works within a multi-disciplinary team at Caint including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Educational Psychology and Clinical Psychology in order to develop a holistic view of each client’s areas of strength and need.

Trudy has completed The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) training and has gained experience in carrying out ADOS assessments alongside the psychology team.

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a standardised instrument for diagnosing and assessing ASD.  It enables the therapist to create an environment in which ASD related behaviours can be observed. It involves assessment of communication, social interaction, play and imaginative use of materials as well as restricted and repetitive behaviours and interests of children suspected of having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.