BRID O CONNELL
Speech & Language Therapist
Bríd is a Speech and Language Therapist and is a registered member of The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and CORU. Bríd obtained an honours degree from Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2016. She has extensive experience working with children, both in Ireland and internationally.
Bríd has over 4 years’ experience working in the with children with a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties including children with Autism, Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disability. She has worked in both community care, private practice and disability settings with a special interest in autism spectrum disorders. Bríd is committed to providing high quality evidenced based intervention to children of all ages.
Brionán graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a first class honours in Occupational Therapy.
Brionán’s previous experience includes working with children and adolescents with varied needs in clinical, school and acute settings. She has supported children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia, Sensory Processing Difficulties, behavioural difficulties, emotional difficulties, mood disorders and eating disorders.
She has worked with children and families both one on one and in group settings and firmly believes that working in collaboration with a child’s parents, carers and teacher is key to achieving goals. Brionán also believes that facilitating therapeutic interventions that are playful and fun are essential for a child to thrive!
Caroline Macken qualified as psychotherapist in 2010. She trained in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre and is a fully accredited member of IAHIP. . Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy emphasizes a hopeful view of human beings and of their ability to be self-determining and Caroline works from this approach. She also looks to work with all aspects of an individual, body, feelings, mind and spirit.
Caroline has been involved in various aspects of providing support to the Down Syndrome Community, she set up and ran, alongside another parent, a playgroup for Children with DS following the birth of her daughter. She was involved in the steering committee for the Down Syndrome Centre North East (not currently).
Speech & Language Therapist
Hannah graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 on completion of her degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies (B.Sc). Hannah has always had an avid interest in child development and communication. Prior to Hannah’s qualification, she worked as a summer camp coordinator, private tutor and volunteered with disadvantaged children while in university.
Her paediatric experience continued immediately post graduation when she worked as a private practice speech and language therapist. Hannah enjoys a diverse working portfolio and is currently in post as a senior speech and language therapist in Monaghan Rehabilitation Unit. She provides assessment and treatment to adults presenting with communication and swallowing needs while overseeing and supervising the day to day service management of the speech and language therapy team. Hannah works as a part time lecturer in the Early Childhood Studies Degree (B.A.) in Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Early Intervention Teacher
Louise is our Early Intervention Teacher since since December 2018. Louise has a MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is currently studying to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She has over 10yrs experience specialising in the design and implementation of Early Intervention programmes for children with additional needs ranging in age from 2yrs – 18yrs. Louise is a trained Lámh Family Tutor. She has also completed training in Numicon, and Handwriting Without Tears. She has experience in teaching See and Learn Language packs and Jolly Phonics.
Shane has worked as a Music Therapist since qualifying in 2010. In this time, he has specialised in using music to support the development of Children with additional needs. At DSCNE, Shane provides both one to one and group Music Therapy sessions to Children with Down Syndrome. Shane is delighted to be a member of the team at DSCNE. At the centre, his role involves working alongside parents, colleagues from other Allied Healthcare Professions and Early Intervention, to deliver weekly Music Therapy sessions. As well as working at DSCNE, Shane’s practise takes a special interest in supporting the development of Children with sight-loss and complex healthcare needs.