Our Staff

Our therapists at the SpeechClinic are all fully qualified and trained to the highest professional standards. We are members of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. We are all members of CORU, statutory registration for health professionals in Ireland.

Deirdre Kiernan

Owner and Head Clinician

Deirdre Kiernan is a graduate of Trinity College. She is the owner and founder of the SpeechClinic which she established in 1992. Previously, she worked in the HSE as the manager of the Speech and Language Therapy Services in Limerick. Over many years she has gained extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of communication disorders.

Deirdre is a specialist in the treatment of Voice Disorders and Upper Airway Disorders (breathing difficulties, chronic cough, paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction).

She works with professional voice users, including teachers, actors and singers. Deirdre has post-graduate training in Laryngeal Massage Therapy, Voice Craft, Resonant Voice Therapy and Estill Voice Training for professional singers/performers. She is the lecturer on Voice Disorders at the University of Limerick (Masters in Speech and Language Therapy).

Deirdre has a special interest in fluency disorders (stammering). She is trained in the Lidcombe Programme for young children who stammer, Fun with Fluency for children of all ages who stammer and Personal Construct Therapy for adults who stammer.

She also specialises in the treatment of Dyslexia and is trained in the Wordsworth Literacy Programme. She has extensive post graduate training in reading disorders, the most recent being The Pattan 2020 Literacy Symposium. She is an advocate for the use of proven, scientific treatments for reading disorders.

Deirdre is a registered member of CORU and a member of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT).

Jennifer Kiely

Speech and Language Therapist

Jennifer graduated with a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick.
She previously earned a B.A. in Applied Languages.

Jennifer has experience working as a Family Support Worker with Enable Ireland, providing respite and support to clients and their families.

Through this, Jennifer has experience working with children and young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Down Syndrome.

As part of her MSc, Jennifer gained clinical experience working with pre-school and school age children with a range of speech, language and communication needs as well as some experience working with adults with dysphagia and other communication difficulties. Jennifer has experience working as part of multi-disciplinary teams in early intervention and school-age services.

Further experience includes working with children and adults with varying diagnoses and needs such as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), dyslexia and speech and language disorders. She is a dedicated Speech and Language Therapist, who believes therapy should be individualised, fun, motivating and functional and should achieve the best possible outcome for clients and their families.

Jennifer is dysphagia trained, a current member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and is registered with CORU (Government Health Regulatory Body
regulating SLTs working in Ireland). Jennifer is also trained in Lámh Module 1.

Ellen O' Connor

Speech and Language Therapist

Ellen graduated with a B.Sc. of Speech and Language Therapy with first class honours from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Ellen has gained a range of experience, including working with toddlers, school-age children and adults presenting with varying speech, language and communication difficulties.

Ellen is dysphagia trained and has clinical experience working within the acute hospital setting.  She also has experience working with children with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Ellen is trained in Lámh module 1. 

She believes that SLT should be a fun, engaging and enjoyable experience for all clients.  Ellen encourages clients and families to collaborate as a team in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.

She is registered with CORU, the government health regulatory body for SLTs working in Ireland.  Ellen is also a current member of the Irish Association for Speech and Language Therapists (I.A.S.L.T).

Ellen continues to develop her professional knowledge and skills by keeping up to date with research and participating in ongoing training and education.

 

Laura Foley

Practice Secretary - Laura is currently on Maternity Leave

Laura has worked in SpeechClinic for several years and is the friendly voice you
will hear on the phone. Laura is an expert administrator and ensures the
smooth running of the practice.

Triona Redfern

Practice Secretary – Maternity Cover

Triona joined the SpeechClinic in August and is Practice Secretary while Laura is on Maternity Leave.

 

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