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

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.  

Siobhan Horan

Speech and Language Therapist
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Siobhan Horan

Siobhan joined the Caint team in 2020 and works as a Speech and Language Therapist in both the Naas and Portmarnock Clinics. Siobhan graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2020 and is trained in assessment, intervention and management of communication disorders and Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS). Siobhan is a full member of the Irish Association for Speech and Language Therapists and her qualification is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional Body (CORU). This allows her to continue professional development throughout her career and follow up to date research. Siobhan gained experience in working with a variety of clients including working in hospital, rehabilitation, disability and primary care facilities. She has experience in providing quality assessment, treatment and management of children with speech sound disorders, developmental language delay, Autism spectrum disorder and Attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder. Siobhan strongly believes in multidisciplinary team working within her profession and is interested in continuously learning from her colleagues in other disciplines. She believes in taking a holistic approach to all cases and supporting communication to help people in all aspects of their living. Siobhan has experience in working in the Irish primary school setting and enjoys helping children with their language and learning. Supporting parents with their role in their child's development through parent training and involvement in her therapy sessions is a focus of her work.

Lucy Murphy

Speech and Language Therapist
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Lucy Murphy

Lucy studied Clinical Speech and Language Studies BSc. (Hons) at Trinity College Dublin and is trained in delivering communication intervention and Feeding Eating Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS). Lucy is currently based between our clinics in Naas and Portmarnock. Her 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. Lucy is recognised as a practising Speech and Language Therapist by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body (CORU). She is also a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, the professional body for Speech and Language Therapists in Ireland that supports the practitioners in their continuous professional development. Lucy has developed her skills across a variety of client groups through placements in hospital settings, primary care and school based SLT services. She has worked with a range of client groups including children with physical and neurological difficulties.  

Hela Watson

Occupational Therapist
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Hela Watson

Hela joined the Caint team in 2020 and is based between the Naas and Carlow clinics. Hela has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Tulane University. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2020. Her degree is recognised by the Regulating Health and Social Care Professional Body (CORU) and she is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland (AOTI).   Along with experience working with adults in acute and rehabilitative hospital settings, Hela has worked with children aged 0-18 with varying abilities. Hela provides assessment and intervention for children with motor, sensory processing, social emotional, and handwriting difficulties. She works with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Intellectual Disability and Global Developmental Delay. Hela also provides occupational therapy care to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is trained in the administration and scoring of the ADI-R and ADOS-2. Additionally, Hela has completed basic training in the Floor Time model. Hela is passionate about providing family-centred occupational therapy alongside the multidisciplinary team at Caint.

Aileen King

Occupational Therapist
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Aileen King

Aileen joined the Caint team in 2020 and is based in the Naas clinic.

 

Aileen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Cork where she studied sociology and psychology. In 2020, Aileen graduated with a Masters of Sciences in Occupational therapy from the University of Limerick. Aileen is registered with Coru, the regulatory body for health and social care professionals and is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland.

 

Aileen has worked in acute hospital settings with older adults, but more recently has worked with children and adolescents. She has provided assessments and interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Dyslexia, Sensory Processing Disorder and is trained in administering the ADI-R and ADOS-2. Aileen aims to work using a client-centred, holistic approach which can assist children and their families to achieve their occupational therapy goals.

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.