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 Developmental Language Disorder. 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, Fun with fluency Programme for children of all ages 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).She regularly gives talks/workshops to choirs and on undergraduate music programmes.

Ciara O'Connor completed her M.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick. As part of her M.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. Ciara has previously worked as part of a multidisciplinary team in the early intervention team, school age team and in the acute hospital setting. Ciara also has experience working with teenagers in Moor House College in the UK - Moor House provides specialist schooling and therapy for children between 7 and 19 years with speech and language difficulties. In Moor House Ciara provided individual and group therapy sessions for teenagers - individual therapy focuses included idioms, semantics, assertiveness, social skills and transitions from school to college. During group therapy Ciara provided both academic and social support, for example, forming and expressing ideas and opinions through debating. Further experience includes working with children and adults with varying diagnoses and needs such as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Autism, Intellectual Disability, speech and language disorders, as well as adults with dysphagia, dysarthria and aphasia. Ciara 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). Ciara is trained in Lámh module 1 and also has a B.A. in Applied Languages.