My son Jerry has significant speech and oral motor difficulties. He started a speech therapy program with David. Jerry's home-based program is specifically designed to meet his needs and is incorporated into his therapy program in school to ensure he gets the most from his program. David uses Jerry's hobbies and interests during his session to engage him and make the learning process a relaxed and enjoyable one, making learning fun. I have always found David to be friendly, and his relaxed patient manner is very evident, most especially in his interaction with Jerry. Jerry has made significant progress in such a short time, he is very relaxed and comfortable with David, and he is certainly reaping the rewards of his work, which has had an incredibly positive effect on Jerry's confidence to speak. I would happily recommend David and the speech and language therapy team.
My son Conor (age 9) has been working with David for the last 6 months. Within that time the health crisis emerged, and our sessions were brought online. Conor has ADHD, so we were unsure at first would the sessions hold the weight of the information. But thanks to David's personable nature and knowledge of his work, he has been fantastic with Conor. Conor is improving every week with the consistency of appointments and work from David. I would have no hesitation in recommending the SLT online. It is a brilliant service, and we are lucky to be able to avail of it. Conor has worked with other services but none to the higher level that David is working at. Sarah
David provides online SLT to my daughter on a weekly basis. These sessions have proven to be successful for her and me as a parent. My daughter maintains high levels of concentration throughout these interactive sessions and she looks forward to them every week. She is making great progress and we find these sessions rewarding. David is very accommodating and works very well with both the child and parent. He provides additional worthwhile activities via email for us to practice throughout the week. I highly recommend these online SLT sessions and for us they have proven to be as successful as attending his office.
Our little girl has phonological and articulation difficulties and has worked with various speech therapists over the last two years, but none has connected with her and aided her improvement as much as David. He is a brilliant speech therapist always creating new and innovative ways to engage with Méabh. David works with Méabh in our home which we feel is really 'going that extra mile' and Méabh is more relaxed and less distracted in her home surroundings. David is a pleasure to work with and I could not praise him enough! Leona
The online SLT is working great for Cian. He is sitting waiting for the phone to ring when I tell him David will be ringing to do some work! We have a 20-minute session weekly which seems to be working well from an attention persp33ective. There are moments of distraction when David gets a tour around the house, but David always manages to get his attention back either through the animation pics or the reward games such as pop up pirate, I, as Cian’s mom, have also learnt an awful lot by listening in on these sessions. We cannot say how grateful we are to have this vital service provided online and to have worksheets and tasks sent to us weekly. Thank you! Patricia
David has been providing online SLT to my son Sean since lockdown began. We have found the experience hugely successful & helpful in maintaining some sort of routine for Sean during these unprecedented times. Sean has responded very well to the online sessions & it is great to know that in the unknown future that lies ahead of us that we can continue Sean’s SLT in this manner. I would highly recommend! Deirdre
David provides online SLT to my son Darragh. We were not sure before we tried it how it would work and would it be effective. Darragh has autism and we did not know if he would engage online. All our doubts were unfounded... it has been a huge success. Darragh looks forward to it and we get great feedback and work for the week after the session from David. I can honestly say it is working well for us. Caitriona
My son is seven and has Down Syndrome. I find Aileen to be exceptionally attentive and helpful. She is a good listener and great for ideas to help get the best out our boy. She is adaptable and very intuitive when it comes to interacting with him, he really enjoys his session. I am very happy to recommend Aileen as I have found her to be competent, professional and dedicated to her work.
Our daughter Emilie had attended Speech & Language therapy with Aileen prior to the lockdown and social distancing. Anxious she would be missing her therapy sessions and that she might regress or that we’d not be keeping at home therapy focused or progressing we jumped at the opportunity to avail of teletherapy. Aileen has been fantastic and the online sessions a great success - we embraced the technology as the way of the future and Emilie loves the interaction online. We have seen great progression in her sounds and speech. Aileen has adapted the sessions in content, duration and frequency and all this was rewarded with Emilie joining in on the Jolly Phonics this week ! Aileen gives time at the end for feedback, answering questions, and has adjusted short term and long term goals according to Emilie’s progress. I find the days after the sessions I’m more aware of using situations at home to repeat and practice our SLT . I would highly recommend Kerry Speech and Language and teletherapy in particular, as I no longer feel guilty giving her the iPad as the content is all been geared towards her therapies.
Aileen provides online SLT to our daughter. She engages very well with it and it is a great success.
Aileen provides speech therapy to my eight year old son who has Down Syndrome. I was unsure as to whether it would work for him or not but we have found it to be hugely successful. He was really excited to communicate with Aileen in this way. He looks forward to seeing her on the computer !! Children are used to technology in their lives so I think the bigger transition was for me rather than him.
We have found the online sessions to be working so well with our daughter Kimberley. She looks forward to her 'face time work' with Aileen every week. It's been brilliant and so beneficial to keep up with her slt sessions in this way. She continues to progress and we are so grateful to have such a set up.
Aileen provides online speech therapy for my daughter Cara. We have had our sessions continue in a new way. It has been great. The sessions are allowing Cara to continue making progress. I think because we are using facetime Cara is focusing very well on Aileen’s oral expression and I am learning new ways to help Cara. I have been able to keep up with the homework and it has been great to maintain some routine for Cara.
Sean has been doing his SLT sessions online for many weeks now. At first, I wasn’t sure how it would work but after the first session I knew we were on to a winner. It is so important for Sean to keep up his SLT sessions as he loses some of the skills he has learn without frequent revision. The sessions themselves are weekly for 25 minutes approximately and focus on the work we’ve been doing at home and the new aspect we will be working on the following week. The activities are interesting and the objectives are always clear. Aileen emails the activities to me as I have a printer here at home and we’re always excited to see what we are going to be working on next. Aileen is so clear in the way she presents the new learning. She speaks slowly and clearly and gives loads of non-verbal prompting which really encourages Sean to do his best and to stay focused. Initially, I had to sit beside him as he needed my support to help him through the sessions. However, the last week or two, I feel I can walk away and give him more independence. Sean thoroughly enjoys the sessions and looks forward to doing them each week. He took to online therapy like a duck to water. He amazes me with how well he manages the technology. The support Aileen has given Sean and myself throughout this time has been amazing. We are very grateful Aileen.
Online therapy has been a wonderful success with Ronan and that is down to Aileen, the work she does with Ronan, how she presents it and engages with him. I would have no problem at all in recommending this format as a tool for a speech therapy session.
My daughter Grainne receives her speech classes from Aileen and I am very impressed with the way it’s working out. Aileen as always, is wonderful and on target with Grainne’s needs. I'm very grateful and appreciative of all her hard work and effort. The online class is working out well and the once a week element is very good.
Aileen provides online SLT for my son Billy. It has been invaluable during the lockdown as it has allowed us to continue to move forward with his SLT work and create some structure to his week during this unusual time. Aileen is brilliant and holds his attention as well as keeping him motivated during each online session. Each week is different and Aileen continually provides us with new ideas and resources with which to work. We’d be lost without it.
My daughter, Kate was three years when she started attending Dominika and had an expressive language delay, Dominika was warm, engaging and fantastic with Kate, who responded extremely well to her and within a very short period Kate was verbalising herself better and formulating sentences. Dominika utilized play within Kate's Speech and Language therapy and was always creative with Kate. Dominika was one of the best Speech and Language therapist that Kate has attended would recommend her highly. Tricia
Our son was 2 and a half when we first saw Dominika. At the time he had limited words and was drooling excessively. We found the sessions very warm and relaxed which was really important as our son was young and was a little apprehensive around new people. Dominika was very gentle with our son and after a few sessions he was very at ease with Dominika. We found Dominika always encouraging and not in any rush to label our son. We worked on the exercises she gave us particularly the exercises to improve the muscle tone around his mouth. Our son's speech is now age appropriate and he is not attending speech therapy. I would have no qualms in engaging Dominika again should the need arise in the future. Elaine
My Dad was a patient of Dominika's, as he had severe swallowing difficulties post-stroke. Dominika was so encouraging and positive and also very practical. Prior to going to Dominika, my Dad had received such negative prognosis from other medical personnel so Dominika was a breath of fresh air at a difficult time. In the end, my Dad's swallow returned fully. I couldn't recommend Dominika more highly. Mary Dunne
Can't get over the improvement in Alex's speech and language development since he began therapy with Dominika. Great interaction with young children and would highly recommend. Orla
I started loosing my voice. I was very worried, as I am a teacher. Dominika told me what I was doing wrong and showed me how to project my voice correctly. Laryngeal massage really helped. I was delighted. Mary K
My son Dale has been part of the social skills group with the SLTs, this is very successful and Dale looks forward to each session with great enthusiasm, (Dale ensures the phone is always fully charged and ready to link up!), he loves the interaction with new people and his conversational skills seem to be improving in a very positive and natural way. Both therapists are extremely dedicated and do a lot of preparation for the group prior to each session. This is a service I would encourage and highly recommend.
The SLTs provide online speech and language therapy to my daughter. Both of us find it brilliant. It is delivered at home through WhatsApp weekly. Twice a week for the social skills group. No driving and rushing to a venue. No stress, just click in. The therapists alternate weekly and the group members change. So the interaction and dynamic is different , but always fun and always learning. While enjoying each others company. My daughter has met people in the group that otherwise she would only meet at the Christmas party. She would be very isolated during this COVID-19 crisis without it. She is learning to talk about her own interests and ask others about their interests with support and direction. She is learning the skill of listening and retelling a piece of news. This is improving all the time, it's very well delivered and managed with a view to reducing the support.
The online SLT social skills sessions provided by the SLTs have proven very successful during the pandemic. My daughter Annmarie has enjoyed the interaction with other young adults. She was asked to have questions and answers organised to discuss topics during the SLT session. This leads to more confidence in everyday conversation and understanding social discussion in everyday life. Parent - Ann
James has enjoyed engaging in the Social Skills Group. He looks forward to seeing everyone and chatting and laughing with them. The group is well organised and run very efficiently and in a friendly informal manner. James has an opportunity to prepare for each session and is rising to the challenge each week.
James: I like the SSG. I look forward to seeing my friends and we have fun talking about things we like. My favourite part of the group is asking questions and Show & Tell.
I enjoy using Skype to talk to my friends with the help of the Speech therapists to keep the conversation going. I like discussing new topics. The sessions are not too hard and I like them" (The client)
My son really enjoys the planned sessions via Skype, especially in these difficult times as he can no longer attend the activities where he used to meet people. These sessions also help him to converse with his peers and improve his social skills. They also give him the comfort of routine which is a great help for keeping him occupied. "(The parent)
Studio 3 Kerry have worked in collaboration with Kerry Speech and Language Therapy Clinic for the last two years. They have worked closely with our psychology team to deliver a bespoke service to a young gentleman, who accesses our services. Kerry Speech and Language Therapy Clinic has provided assessments as well as ongoing weekly sessions with the people who access our services, as well as providing training and support to our staff team. They have attended many of our clinical meetings and their input is always invaluable. Kerry Speech and Language Therapy Clinic have always been responsive to the needs of the people we support as well as the questions that come up in our meetings. I look forward to a continued successful working relationship with Kerry Speech and Language Therapy clinic in the future.
SFSS PARENTS AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP was set up a couple of years ago to fundraise for private therapies helping children with special needs. Our main goal was to help children gain ongoing Speech and language therapy on a regular basis. Unfortunately the lack of services today is disheartening, so five years ago Dominika helped our Support Group achieve our goals.
Ongoing private speech and language therapy sessions were set up for the children on a weekly basis, we were so blessed funds were raised continuously and dreams were carried out for the children.We got the best professional team on board.
Weekly visits to the children in their own comfortable environment in school, where the therapists can see their true abilities and carry out professional 1:1 sessions. We are extremely lucky to have Dominika, David and Team.
Covid set us back from our 1:1 sessions but continuous professionalism to each of the children throughout the year was carried out through online services to endure the same quality service. Thank you all at Kerry Speech and Language Therapy Clinic.
We are forever grateful for your ongoing help, support and service.
The Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland enjoys a long and valuable partnership with Kerry Speech and Language Therapy Clinic. The clinic provides a consistent, high quality, effective service to children and adults with Down syndrome throughout Kerry. Therapists focus on the particular needs of every individual and work with parents on agreed outcomes. Feedback from participants highlights the continuity, professionalism and friendliness of the service. It is a solution focused, “can do” approach. DS Kerry is privileged to share their positive experience and endorse the great work of the clinic which has expanded year on year.
We are confident that your engagement with the clinic will also be a very positive one.