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Niamh provides a professional client-centred service for children and adults with communication difficulties and adults with swallowing difficulties.
Before establishing her own independent practice she worked in a wide variety of settings including Primary Care, Residential Care, Acute Hospital and Specialist Services for children and Adults with Down Syndrome.
Niamh has a wide range of experience having worked with children over the past 15 years in primary care, specialist language class settings for children with developmental language disorder and specialist services for children with Down Syndrome. She is trained in Lamh, Derbyshire and Lidcombe programmes.
Niamh offers assessment and follow-up treatment sessions at her clinic in Trim or at a child's home or school. She can develop and provide individualised home and/or school programmes to suit each child's specific needs.
Niamh has particular expertise in working with children with Down syndrome and their families. She is currently working part time with Down Syndrome Ireland as well as in independent practice.
She understands that each child is unique and works together with the child and his or her families to develop an individual intervention programme with the aim of increasing communication competence and confidence and the childs participation in every day activities.
Adults can acquire communication difficulties as a result of stroke, progressive neurological illness such as Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neuron Disease or MS, head injury and dementia. Niamh has years of experience working with adults with acquired communication and / or swallowing difficulties in community care clinics, residential care settings and their own homes. Niamh also has experience working with adults who stutter one to one and as part of group intervention.
She completed her Dysphagia training at University of Limerick in 2005. She has also completed Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) training.
She spent two years working on a dedicated early supported discharge team for stroke in a large teaching hospital. She also has experience working in the acute hospital setting.
She understands how communication and swallowing difficulties can lead to isolation for the person with the difficulty and their close communication partners. She works with adults and their families and carers to promote increased communication skills and opportunities. She can offer appointments at her clinic in Trim or at their home or residential care setting.
Niamh has developed and presented training programmes to support staff working with adults with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), acquired communication difficulties and dementia. She has trained communication partners to support their partner with a communication difficulty. She can offer training to pre-school and school teachers on how to support children with Down Syndrome and children with Developmental Language Disorder in the classroom.
The service runs Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings during term time.
Trim, Co. Meath