Catherine Sheahan

Clinical Director and Senior Speech and Language therapist
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Catherine Sheahan

Catherine Sheahan founded the practice due to the increasing demands for speech and language therapy for children and adults and CAINT now has five therapists. Catherine qualified from Trinity in 1997 and was awarded a Masters in 2009. She has extensive experience in working with individuals with a variety of speech and language difficulties in Australia, USA and Ireland. Catherine commenced her professional career working with the HSE before subsequently joining the Speech and Language Department at the University of Sydney, Australia. She experienced a variety of cases at the University of Sydney clinic including, speech delay, language delay, specific language impairment, (SLI), stuttering, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Aspergers, and literacy difficulties. Catherine devised individual education plans (IEP) for students with language, learning and literacy difficulties for the Australian Department of Education and trained teachers and resource teachers how to use these plans to deliver the best possible results for the students. Catherine has lectured at the University of Limerick as a key member of the Speech and Language Therapy team in the areas of child speech disorders (including dyspraxia), phonetics and stuttering since 2004. Catherine has extensive experience in running seminars and training for teachers regarding communication difficulties. Catherine develops programmes for teachers for IEP and Resource planning. Catherine provides assessments and therapy to children at Caint Speech Therapy. These provide a detailed analysis of a child’s communication strengths and weakness and therapy programmes are individualised to each child’s specific needs. Catherine in her role as Clinical Director ensures that her clients receive a professional service in a caring environment and has earned a nationwide reputation for excellence of service. Catherine is committed to ensuring that only evidence based practices are used by Caint therapists and she ensures that continuous professional training and development is pursued by all Caint therapists. Catherine is a member of IASLT and IASLTPP.

Edel Kelly

Senior Speech and Language Therapist
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Edel Kelly

Edel has been a member of the Caint team since 2015 and is based between our Naas and Carlow clinics. Edel graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. She is a full 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). Edel has experience in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is trained in the administration and scoring of the ADOS-2. Edel has worked closely with both clinical and educational psychologists during the assessment process in order to collaboratively recommend intervention and therapy. Edel also has experience in working with children with ASD to implement therapy programs and provide parent and teacher training. Edel works with children, families and schools to provide the best possible outcomes for children, their communication and their well-being. Edel also works within a multidisciplinary model for children with ASD and frequently works closely with Occupational therapy providing dual therapy and joint sessions. Edel also has experience working with children with language delays and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD, or previously referred to as Specific Language Impairment/SLI). Edel provides a comprehensive assessment of the child’s receptive language, expressive language, vocabulary skills and literacy skills. Edel implements curriculum focused therapy for these children to provide them with the skills and knowledge to fully engage in curriculum material. Edel provides therapy in helping children to process information presented to them, use vocabulary to describe and define and express themselves coherently and cohesively. Therapy is also provided on reading and comprehension skills where literacy development has proven difficult for a child. Edel has worked closely with teachers in pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools to develop programs, provide training and develop insight into the child’s areas of strength and difficulties. Edel also has experience in the assessment and treatment of children with speech sound disorders and “late talkers”. Edel provides tasks and activities for parents to implement at home to maximize the child’s exposure to treatment targets Edel provides therapy in a caring environment in order to promote the child’s self-esteem and confidence in using their language and help to achieve their communicative potential

Pia Drever

Senior Speech and Langauge Therapist
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Pia Drever

I graduated from University of Cape Town in 2013 with a Bachelor in Speech and Language pathology. The population of clients I have worked with ranges from babies to adults. I worked with children with developmental conditions including ASD, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome and adult conditions such as strokes and TBI. I have found that my passion is working with children, in particular ASD and early communication. I am trained in administering the ADOS-2 and ADI-r. I have also completed courses related to developmental conditions in children.  

Ciara Gallen

Speech and Language Therapist
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Ciara Gallen

Ciara joined the team at Caint Therapy in 2021 and is based between our Naas and Carlow clinics. Ciara completed an Undergraduate degree in the National University of Ireland, Galway and graduated in 2016. Ciara then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy. Ciara graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2019. Ciara is a full 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). Ciara’s approach to Speech and Language therapy aims to facilitate the development of children’s communication through direct intervention and family training. She provides evidence-based practice in a supportive environment to achieve functional goals, bringing meaningful change to clients’ lives. Ciara has developed her skills across a variety of client groups through previous employment, graduate experience with Enable Ireland and placements, in hospital settings, primary care, Early Intervention Team’s and school based SLT services. She has worked with a range of client groups including children with physical and neurological difficulties, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children with speech and language delays. Ciara is very passionate about working closely with families to ensure the needs of the children are being met and strengthened.

Laura Mahon

Speech and Language Therapist
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Laura Mahon

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2019. I have an undergraduate joint honors degree in English and Linguistics from University College Dublin, and a masters degree in Speech and Language Therapy from University of Limerick. I am trained in the assessment, intervention, and management of communication disorders and Feeding, Eating, Drinking, and Swallowing (FEDS). I have a passion for Evidence Based Practice, and have a background working in research, and was the recipient of the IASLT 2019 student award for the research I conducted as part of my masters thesis. I have experience working in educational, hospital, and community settings, and have found my main interests in helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Language Disorder reach their communicative potential. I also am very passionate about empowering parents to support their children's communication.

Deirbhile Butler Kearns

Speech and Language Therapist
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Deirbhile Butler Kearns

Deirbhile joined the Caint team in 2021 and is based between our Naas and Dublin clinics. Deirbhile qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2020 through the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy postgraduate course from the University of Limerick. She graduated from University College Dublin in 2017 with an undergraduate joint major degree in English and Linguistics.  She is a full member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and her speech and language therapy qualification is recognised by the Regulated Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU). Deirbhile is trained in the assessment, intervention and management of communication disorders and Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS). She has experience working with children aged between 0 -18 years with a broad range of communication (speech and language) needs in education, primary care, and early intervention settings. She also has experience working with adult service-users with a range of communication and/or FEDS needs in acute hospital settings and primary care settings. Deirbhile is passionate about providing holistic, family and person centred, evidence-based services to her clients. She values working collaboratively with families and clients to form and achieve specific and valuable goals that will have a positive and meaningful impact on their lives. Deirbhile enjoys working with all ages, but her main interest is in supporting early communication and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She highly values supporting and empowering parents and/or guardians in her interventions. She is also passionate about diversity, inclusion, neurodiversity and equity over equality. She strongly values supporting clients to advocate for their communication rights and autonomy through any means possible, including alternative modes of communication. Her core values are communication rights, empowerment, inclusion and choice.  

Vicky Spain

Speech and Language Therapist
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Vicky Spain

Vicky joined Caint in 2021 and is based between our Naas and Carlow clinics. Vicky studied a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Applied Languages at the University of Limerick, graduating in 2018. Vicky then went on to complete her Master of Science (MSc) degree in Speech and Language Therapy (PQ) at University of Limerick, graduating in 2021. Vicky 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 Professionals body (CORU). Vicky aims to deliver person-centred, evidence based therapy within supportive and responsive environments. Vicky’s approach to assessment, goal setting and intervention is based on a collaborative framework that takes into account the concerns and opinions of all relevant stakeholders within a child’s life (e.g., parents, teachers). Vicky has gained valuable clinical experience across both paediatric primary care and acute hospital care settings. Vicky has experience working with paediatric clients presenting with language delays, developmental language disorder (DLD), speech sound delays/disorders, fluency disorders and voice disorders. Vicky has experience working with adult clients presenting with dysphagia, dysarthria, aphasia and voice disorders.

Eimear Rice

Speech and Language Therapist
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Eimear Rice

I graduated from the University of Limerick in 2021 with a Master of Science (MSc) in Speech and Language Therapy. Prior to my master’s degree, I completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in General Science at University College Dublin. I am a full member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. I gained valuable clinical experience working in Paediatric Primary Care, the acute hospital setting and  Early Intervention Disability Services throughout my master’s degree. I have experience working with a paediatric and adult caseload presenting with a variety of communication disorders, as well as treating swallowing disorders in children and adults. Some of my main interests include working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Speech and Language Disorders. I adopt a family-centred approach to client management which recognises the importance of supporting the needs of the family and client.  I value working in a collaborative manner with clients, families, teachers and other healthcare professionals to achieve functional goals whilst applying evidence-based practice.

Gráinne Byrne

Speech and Language Therapist
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Gráinne Byrne

Gráinne is based between our Swords and Naas clinics. Gráinne graduated from Dublin City University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing (Intellectual Disability). She completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Speech and Language Therapy in The University of Limerick in 2021. Throughout her career she has supported the medical and social needs of children, young people, and adults with complex needs. Gráinne has worked in Ireland and abroad supporting individuals with Autism, Downs Syndrome, and Intellectual Disabilities. She prioritizes a holistic approach and values the essential role families play in coordinating and collaborating person-centred care for vulnerable clients. Gráinne has experience in supporting the speech, language and communication needs of clients from both paediatric and adult populations. She has worked with clients presenting with language delays, speech sound disorders, dysarthria, aphasia, and voice disorders. She also has experience in supporting the Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) needs of adults. Gráinne 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 Professionals body (CORU)

Nicole Kennedy

Adult Speech and Language Therapist
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Nicole Kennedy

Nicole Kennedy qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1999 and began working within the HSE. She quickly identified her interest in acquired communication disorders in adults and succeeded in acquiring a post in ST. James’s Hospital, Dublin. Nicole was able to develop specialist clinical skills by working with a wide variety of people with communication and/or swallowing difficulties as a result of Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia and also Head and Neck Cancer. Nicole was also trained in unique therapies for helping those with voice disorders ( e.g. teachers, singers and other professional voice users) Understanding the wealth of experience and knowledge to be gained from working in a different health system, Nicole worked for a year in a large teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia. This experience allowed Nicole to further develop specialist clinical skills in the above areas. Throughout her years working in St. James’s Hospital Nicole was always passionate about supporting students and their learning. She was offered the opportunity of further contributing to undergraduate education of Speech and Language Therapists when offered the role of Practice Education Co-ordinator in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at University College Cork. Nicole’s depth of experience and passion for learning allowed her to introduce new ways for Speech and Language Therapy students to learn about what it was like for someone with a communication and/or swallowing disorder. Such novel learning approaches earned Nicole the prestigious UCC‘President’s Award for Innovation in Research and Teaching’ in 2012. More recently, through CAINT Nicole has developed a workshop for corporate clients seeking to educate their staff in voice care.

Katie Brassil

Speech and Language Therapist
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Katie Brassil

Katie is based between our Naas and Carlow clinics. Katie graduated from University of Cork with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Years and Childhood studies in 2016. She completed a Master of Science (Msc) in Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick in 2021. Katie 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 Professionals body (CORU).

Katie has worked with children and young people with varying needs and abilities throughout her career. She is trained in the assessment, intervention and management of communication disorders and Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS). Katie has experience working with those aged between 0-18 years with speech, language and communication needs in the areas of primary care and school settings. She aims to deliver a person-centred, evidence based therapy in a supportive environment. Katie is passionate about providing a holistic person and family-centred service which will bring meaningful change to her client’s lives. Katie values the roles families play in intervention and aims to support and empower parents in this.

Jack Wyndham

Speech and Language Therapist
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Jack Wyndham

Jack is a fluent Irish speaker from the Galway Gaeltacht who is currently working as a Speech and Language Therapist in a school in Abu Dhabi. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychological Studies and Irish in 2016. He then graduated from the University of Limerick with a Master in Arts (MA) in Psychology in 2017. Most recently, Jack completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick in 2020 with first-class honours. Jack is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and his qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals body (CORU).

Jack has experience working in a range of settings (early intervention, subacute hospital, hospice, residential settings and school setting) with both children and adults with varying needs. Jack has worked in a school in Abu Dhabi since August 2020, where he has gained experience in teletherapy (therapy provided via secure video connection), which has become an area of interest of his. He is trained in the assessment, intervention and management of communication disorders and Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS). Jack is a creative and diligent Speech and Language Therapist who is committed in providing client-centred and evidence-based therapy.

Geraldine Fanning

Administrator
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Geraldine Fanning

Geraldine Fanning joined the Caint team in May 2018 as our Clinical Administrator. Geraldine is our front of house contact for all Clients,queries, bookings and daily running of the clinic. Geraldine spent thirteen years in the UK predominantly working in Sales and dealing with the public. On returning to Ireland Geraldine went back to work after having three children to spend the next thirteen years as a Duty Manager in the Hospitality industry. Geraldine is proficient in her work dealing with private and HSE referrals. Being a mother first and an administrator second she knows all too well about the everyday challenges that life has to offer. Geraldine enjoys all aspects of the role especially learning and expanding her knowledge with the help of her Caint colleagues.

Avril O’Shaughnessy

Psychologist
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Bronagh Williams

Educational Psychologist
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Bronagh Williams

I am committed to taking a holistic approach to my work and I ensure that the child or young person remains the centre focus. I am an educational psychologist with 14 years’ experience working both privately and within the public sector. One of my core beliefs is that all children should be given every opportunity to achieve, regardless of their start in life. This makes me particularly passionate about working with children who have looked after status to help them to achieve their potential and be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges. I have extensive experience in the identification and assessment of special educational needs across preschool, primary, post primary and special school settings. My areas of special interest include Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia), and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Before becoming an Educational Psychologist, I was a primary school teacher working directly with pupils who had wide-ranging special educational needs. Through this teaching background, I take into account teaching constraints when working within a school and making recommendations in order to support teaching staff.

Dr. Deirdre Ryan

Senior Clinical Psychologist
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Dr. Deirdre Ryan

Dr. Deirdre Ryan is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Caint Speech Therapy. She is amember of the Irish Psychological Society and is also a qualified clinical supervisor, supervising Psychologists from a range of backgrounds and specialisations. Deirdre completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.   Deirdre’s mission is to provide individuals with a supportive, warm and non-judgemental space through which they have the opportunity to gently and safely explore their concerns and engage in a thorough and high standard clinical assessment. She works creatively from a humanistic perspective. Deirdre is experienced in a range of psychological and psycho-educational assessments including; specific learning difficulties, Austin’s Spectrum Disorder, Cognitive /Adaptive and behavioural assessments. She is also skilled in several therapeutic approaches including; Integrative, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play, Narrative and Psychodynamic-Psychotherapy. Deirdre has worked in a range of private, community and hospital settings in the past including; The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Headspace (The Australian National Youth Mental Health Organisation), Aruna Psychology, Turning Point Drug Treatment Centre, Assessments Australia and St Vincent’s Hospital (Dublin).

Dr Cesar Jayaro

Clinical Psychologist
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Dr Cesar Jayaro

Dr. Cesar Jayaro has worked as a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist for more than 12 years in clinical practice. He has experience in intervention with children, adults, and older adults. He has collaborated with different internationally recognized institutions and has extensive experience in the area of mental health. His goal is to create a nurturing environment in which the patient feels comfortable and cared for while working in a solution-focused manner with scientifically proven techniques for the client’s condition. He has a valuable experience in Ireland working with children and their educational needs as well as ADHD. He also is trained to assess, diagnose and propose interventions in Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Carol O’Dwyer

Clincal Psychologist
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Dr. Carol O’Dwyer

Carol O’Dwyer is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She has studied and worked across Ireland, the UK and Australia. She has recently returned from living in Australia, where she completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne and Masters in Clinical Psychology at Deakin University. Carol is also a Board Approved supervisor, with experience supervising Psychologists at various levels of their training and career. Carol works with children, adolescents, adults and family members, utilising a variety of therapies depending on the individual needs of each client. She has a vast amount of experience assessing and working with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Intellectual disability. Carol also specialises in complex trauma, mood disorders including depression and anxiety, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, and parenting challenges. Her overarching interest is in promoting the strengths of all individuals. She works within a genuine, empathic and person centred framework to support personal reflection and development.

Aoife McLaughlin

Clinical Psychologist
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Aoife McLaughlin

Aoife is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She has worked with children and families in Ireland and the UK for the past 25 years. She has many years of experience in diagnosing autism and providing support and interventions after diagnosis. She has a special interest in supporting families in times of transition and adjustment. She also enjoys working therapeutically with  children and providing attachment and parenting support to families.

Cathy Bishop

Senior Occupational Therapist
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Cathy Bishop

Cathy is a passionate, experienced Senior Occupational Therapist specialising in paediatrics for several years. Cathy commenced her professional career as a fully trained social care key-worker. Cathy spent 11 years managing units for the HSE in the fields of children’s and young adult disabilities and mental health services, (age range 7-18 years). These services supported people with complex needs such as; ASD, ODD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Psychosis.   Cathy then returned to education to study Occupational Therapy at Trinity College, Dublin. Since graduating in 2015, Cathy has worked as an occupational therapist for paediatric private clinics and charity organisations, where she has gained expertise working with children who present with motor, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Through her extensive experience, Cathy has assessed and managed a diverse caseload of children who present with ASD, DCD, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome and ABI.   Cathy’s approach to therapy is based on  the family centred model of care. This aims to empower parents to learn about their child’s needs in order to help them to reach their full potential. Cathy has specialised training in parent coaching.   Cathy has experience facilitating training for schools on how to utilise their environments to enable a child to engage and participate in the school curriculum.   Cathy has a passion for Yoga, which led her to become a fully trained Children’s Therapeutic Yoga Instructor and implements daily into her practice.   Cathy is a full member of the Association of Occupational Therapist Ireland (AOTI), Paediatric Advisory Group and recognised by CORU.   Cathy is passionate about empowering families by providing them with the knowledge and support required to get in tune with their child’s needs in order for them to reach their full potential.   Additional Training Sensory Integration M1 Sensory Integration a Joint Perspective OT & SLT Therapeutic Listening Building blocks for Sensory Integration Performance Coaching in Occupational Therapy Cognitive Orientation of Occupational Performance Picture Exchange Communication Systems PECS The Application and Development Therapy in the Assessment and Treatment of Young Children with Disabilities, Dr. Sydney Chu Handwriting Without Tears