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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.