Our Staff

The therapists at the SpeechClinic are fully qualified and trained to the highest professional standards. They are all member's of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and/or the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and are committed to ongoing research and professional development.They are members of CORU, statutory registration for health professionals.

Deirdre Kiernan graduated from Trinity College, in 1981. She founded the SpeechClinic in 1992. Previously she worked in a variety of settings in the HSE before being promoted to the position of manager of Speech and Language Therapy Services in Limerick, where she was involved in setting up the first language classes in the region for school age children with Specific Speech and Language Disorders. She has also provided services to Enable Ireland. Deirdre specialises in the treatment of speech and language disorders, literacy (dyslexia), voice and stammering (adults and children). She is a member of the Special Interest Group in Language Disorders. She is a trained tutor in parenting skills and behaviour management in children. She gives courses to teachers on Speech, Language and Literacy. Deirdre is committed to continuing professional development and has attended numerous courses including; Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”, Shape Coding for Teaching Grammar, Psycholinguistic Assessment and Treatment of Speech Disorders, Caroline Bowen’s Speech Sound Disorders, Lidcombe Programme for young children who stammer, Personal Construct Therapy for adult stammering, WordsWorth Literacy Programme for children and adults with reading disorders/dyslexia, Tony Attwood’s Autism Seminar.

Voice Specialist Deirdre is a specialist in voice disorders and has post-graduate training in; Laryngeal Manipulation Therapy, Voice Craft, Resonant Voice Therapy, Estill Voice Training for professional singers/performers. She also treats Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction and any disorders caused by laryngeal tension/trauma. She is the lecturer on Voice Disorders at the University of Limerick (Masters in Speech and Language Therapy).

Jean Cleary completed her B.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy in University College Cork. As part of B.Sc., she gained a wide range of clinical experience working with pre-school and school age children, children with complex needs and adults with dysphagia, dysarthria, aphasia and other communication difficulties. Jean has previously worked in a multidisciplinary team in the early intervention team and in the acute hospital setting in college and previous employment. Jean has had experience working with children and adults with varying diagnosis and needs such as Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Autism, Intellectual Disability, speech and language disorders. Adults with dysphagia, dysarthria, aphasia and apraxia. Jean is Dysphagia qualified a current member of the Irish Association for Speech and Language Therapists (I.A.S.L.T.) and registered with CORU, multi professionals’ health regulator. Jean also has experience working with adolescents aiding memory and learning by mapping information (mind maps) and strategies.