Connect Therapy Services Ireland

Speech and Language Therapy Services

Inspiring Confidence. Creating meaningful connections.

Based at SiRona Clinic, Douglas, Cork.

Preschool
  • Play-based assessment
    and therapy for children
    aged 0 – 5 years
  • Partnership with Preschools

Family-centred. Practical. Fun.

Children
  • Assessment and therapy sessions for school-aged children

Child-centred. Holistic. Functional.

Young People
  • Assessment and therapy sessions for young people up to 25 years

Friendships.
Self-advocacy. Employability.

Dedicated support for children and young people to reach their speech,
language and communication potential

Connect Therapy Services provides assessment and bespoke therapy sessions to meet individual needs. We offer professional but personal services where you and your child are at the centre of the process.

We work alongside parents/carers and teachers to support children and young people to develop their communication. We use fun and motivating activities to help children make changes to their communication. We aim to help them with friendships, learning and independence.

We promote language and communication development through:

  • Developmental check-ups for children aged 0-2.5 years with advice
  • Training workshops for parents/carers, health and education professionals

    We support a wide range of speech, language and communication needs including:

    • Language difficulties
    • Developmental language disorder (DLD)
    • Speech sound difficulties
    • Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
    • Stammering
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders and social communication difficulties
    • Speech, language and communication needs which are secondary to another diagnosis/need
    • Complex communication needs that require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems

    How we work

    Step 1:

    Contact us for a free
    phone consultation

    Step 2:

    Assessment. Undertaken together
    with family and those closely involved

    Step 3:

    Delivering
    Therapy

    Our Services and Fees

    Connect provides a range of speech and language therapy services to meet you and your child’s specific needs.
    Please call for further information and/or support in selecting the most appropriate service for you and your child.

    Initial Consultation and Assessment

    This comprehensive evaluation of speech, language and communication needs comprises of

    • an in-depth consultation with you and your child/young person, gaining case history information and any other relevant details
    • detailed assessment using both formal and informal methods by a Speech and Language Therapist
    • verbal feedback on results of the assessment
    • brief written recommendations

    Details
    Duration: Up to 2 hours
    Fee: €140 – €240
    Summary Report: €48
    Detailed Report: €95

    Additional hours spent are charged at €70 and will always be discussed and agreed with the parent/carer in advance.

    ‘Talk on Track’, Developmental Language Screen

    This is a short screening assessment for children aged 0 – 2;06 years at our clinic. This short assessment is useful if you wish to determine if your child’s language and communication skills are on track for age.

    Details
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Fee: €78
    Report: on request only for an additional fee

    Therapy Sessions

    Therapy sessions will be tailored to meet your child’s speech, language and communication needs. Each therapy session will involve a speech and language therapist working with you and your child to maximise their skills. After the assessment, the therapist will agree some targets with you and therapy sessions will work towards these targets at a pace that is right for your child. Practical activities to support at home will be provided.

    For young people, sessions will be tailored to their individual needs and will be structured in collaboration with them. A focus will be supporting communication skills for the transition to adulthood.

    Details

    Duration: 45 minutes
    Fee: €88 at clinic/home*/tele-therapy

    €500 block of 6 paid in advance

    *Charges for travel may apply – please contact to discuss

    Observations/Meetings/Programmes

    Preschool/School Observation Visits
    Preschool/School visits are only made with parental agreement. Often visits to education settings are a very useful way of supporting your child’s development. It provides opportunities to observe your child’s skills in that environment as well as information on social interaction and access to the curriculum. Education staff gain from developing an understanding of your child’s needs from the perspective of a speech and language therapist, thus enabling them to maximise communication opportunities in the setting.

    Details
    Please phone 085 859 9746 for further information – visits are currently limited by geographical area.

    Duration: Up to 1 hour
    Fee: €120
    Report: At an additional cost

    Home/School Programme
    This is a tailored therapy pack including activities and relevant resources designed to develop your child’s communication skills. This pack will be developed in collaboration with your child’s education setting.

    The programme is delivered by parent/carer/school staff and your child’s progress will be reviewed at an agreed time.

    Details
    Duration: as required
    Fee: €95 per hour

    Training

    Talks, workshops and training sessions for groups of parents and professionals can be arranged. Additional charges at the standard rate will be made for time taken in preparation and the provision of handouts etc.

    Details
    Fee: €100 per hour

    Babble Bugs

    BB ‘is a fun and interactive language and communication enrichment group run by qualified speech and language therapists’.

    ‘The group consists of singing, rhymes and interactive activities’

    Every Thursday, we are running two groups in the Foyer, Assumption Road, Blackpool, Cork, T23 FDT4.

    Group 1 is for children under 18 months (10am – 10.45am) . Group 2 is for children between 18 months-3 years (11am – 11.45am).

    If you have any questions, call or text us on 0833564814. Alternatively, you can email us at abi@connecttherapy.ie

    Details
    Fee: We have three different payment options.

    Option 1

    €15 for one session at the door.

    Option 2

    Prebook one session for €12.

    Option 3

    Pre-book 4 sessions for €40

    To book a Babble Bugs session call or text us on 0833564814. Alternatively, you can email us at abi@connecttherapy.ie

    Connected to share experience and maximise our service

    Connect Therapy Services is a sister company to West London Speech and Language Therapy, an established service in London with an excellent reputation and proven track record.

    logo West London Speech & Language Therapy

    Testimonials

    ‘Aoife started working with us in 2019. I say ‘us’ as this was the first time in our long experience of speech therapy that I really felt as a parent I was fully invited to learn and share as much as my son. This has been key in his progress as I have become more aware and able to facilitate him by applying strategies.

    Aoife is so well versed in her practice that she can fully respond to the specific needs of my son in each session depending on his needs on that day. His concentration, health and focus fluctuates greatly and Aoife has responded to this in a way that no session has felt wasted – in the past I found he was not on his best form and the sessions weren’t always justified but with Aoife there has always been an opportunity created for my son to feel motivated and comfortable enough to try.

    I also feel very lucky we have found a therapist who fully understands the challenge of transition into adulthood and embraces that as an integral focus in the session so that the outcomes are practical and tangible

    Parent of 16 year old – receives teletherapy sessions

    Thank you so much for your time, support and commitment during this very unusual and difficult year.

    The challenges of inspections and audits and every day school normally keeps us all on our toes but this year has been so unprecedented that there was no template to follow. We literally did not know what tomorrow would bring and it was great to have you with us on this journey 🙂

    It has been fantastic working with you to keep the school powering on and your support is invaluable’

    Tudor Primary School, Southall, West London

    Thank you for this and for all your hard work, commitment and professionalism. It has been a pleasure to work with someone as conscientious and accommodating as you. Good luck for the future. I am sure you will be absolutely brilliant wherever you go because you are!

    School in West London – Special Educational Needs Coordinator feedback

    Aoife has been working with our son since he was 18 months old. Our son has benefitted enormously from the support received as part of his therapy sessions not only in his communication but as part of his global development as well. Our son, who has complex medical needs has moved from a child who was completely non-verbal and unable to express himself, to communicating with Makaton and finally verbally. Aoife has helped him gain confidence and have an outlet where he is able to communicate effectively. It is clear from every session just how much thought and effort has gone into planning and really driving progress. We have found Aoife’s experience, skill and dedication invaluable throughout our son’s journey and she has shown remarkable commitment to developing his ability to communicate. Aoife quickly established a rhythm with our son who has a challengingly short attention span and has tailored activities in the session to really get the most out of our time together. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Aoife for any family.

    Parent of child seen at clinic and via Zoom at home

    Aoife has been our son’s speech therapist for the past six years. She has been an amazing source of support and guidance as we have worked together to help our son. She has a very gentle, fun and relaxed manner which has helped her develop a lovely relationship with our child and helped him to understand his disfluency. We have always felt we were working with a highly qualified speech therapist who takes the time to understand each child and find appropriate guidance and activities for them. We would highly recommend Aoife

    Parent of child seen at clinic and via Zoom at home.

    Meet Our Ireland Team

    About our Director

    Aoife Curran

    BSC (HONS), MSC (HONS), MRCSLT, HCPC registered, CORU Registered

    Qualifications

    • BSc (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies

    • MSc (UCL) Human Communication Science

    • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)

    • Member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IALSLT)

    • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

    • Registered with CORU 

    • BSc (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies

    From County Kerry, Aoife qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and subsequently completed a MSc in Human Communication Science at University College London.

    Aoife has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for 20 years, first in community clinics in Ireland and then for 15 years in the NHS in a variety of settings and at team leader level. These settings include community paediatric clinics, mainstream primary schools, specialist language resources, and children’s centres. She has also worked alongside paediatricians in diagnostic clinics for Autism Spectrum Disorder, providing second opinions.

    Deeply committed to providing families and schools with a flexible speech and language therapy service along with her colleague Suzanne, Aoife established West London Speech and Language Therapy (WLSLT) in 2007. This has grown into a highly successful independent practice that provides assessment and therapy services for families and also delivers into 40 primary schools, secondary schools and further education settings across West London. Aoife is at the forefront of her field and deploys the latest evidence-based research in her practice.

    Aoife has returned to Ireland partly for family reasons but also to share her specialist knowledge with Irish clients and have a positive impact on their quality of life. Her areas of interest are early intervention for young children < 3years, dysfluency (stuttering), social communication difficulties, speech sound difficulties, delivering a whole school approach to supporting speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in schools.

    Aoife is mum to Fiach (October 2014) and Conall (October 2017)

    Abi Brown 

    Abi is a speech and language therapist who has recently graduated from UCC. Prior to completing her degree, Abi worked in the North of England, supporting young people with complex needs and Autism. Abi also has an early years background and completed FETAC 6 in Special Educational Needs. Abi’s areas of interest include implementing AAC and working with post-16 SEN and Autism. Abi firmly believes that for the best possible outcomes, therapy needs to be; functional, person-centred and delivered in collaboration with the; individual, education setting, family and friends.

    Our London Team

    Suzanne Da Silva

    Suzanne Da Silva

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Director

    Aoife Curran

    Aoife Curran

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Director

    Katie Harrison

    Katie Harrison

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Team Lead

    Sophie Sparrow

    Sophie Sparrow

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Team Lead

    Sarah Powell

    Sarah Powell

    Speech and Language Therapist
    Team Lead

    Rachel Crane

    Rachel Crane

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Diana Hashimi

    Diana Hashimi

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Raffaella Marrafino

    Raffaella Marrafino

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Ashleigh Ibrahim

    Ashleigh Ibrahim

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Jo Plews-Mayall

    Jo Plews-Mayall

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Rebecca O'Malley

    Rebecca O'Malley

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Mar Newman

    Mar Newman

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Amelia Collis

    Amelia Collis

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Sarah Coughlan

    Sarah Coughlan

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Elmise Mimbo

    Elmise Mimbo

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Amira Al-Hooti

    Amira Al-Hooti

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Amelia Elliott

    Amelia Elliott

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Saara Choudhry

    Saara Choudhry

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Zoe Sibbald

    Zoe Sibbald

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Niva Gosden

    Niva Gosden

    Speech and Language Therapist

    Caroline Milnes

    Caroline Milnes

    Administrator

    FAQ

    What are the benefits of Speech and Language Therapy?

    Speech and Language Therapists have studied to degree level and received highly specialist training in all aspects of communication development. They are qualified in making assessments and in supporting children and young people with all forms of communication needs. They will be able to offer you specialist advice.

    Why choose an independent therapist?

    There is no difference in the training or qualifications of an independent therapist and a HSE therapist. Both Connect Therapy Services Ireland directors have worked for many years for the NHS (in the UK) and Aoife worked for the HSE in Ireland prior to moving to the UK.

    An independent therapist may be able to see your child/young person sooner and more frequently than a HSE therapist. They also have more flexibility in the therapy they can offer.

    Do I need a referral from my GP?

    No, you can refer your child to Connect Therapy Services Ireland yourself.
    Email: info@connecttherapy.ie or ring for a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation:
    Phone no: 0858599746

    Where does the therapy take place?

    Assessment and therapy sessions currently take place at your home/preschool or school. Our clinic is due to open in Cork shortly.

    How many sessions will my child/young person need and how long will they last?

    This will depend on your child/young person’s individual needs, the nature of their communication difficulty and response to therapy.
    We offer ongoing therapy sessions with regular review of progress.
    A typical therapy session lasts 45 minutes. Most of this time will be spent working directly with your child/young person but will include some time to discuss progress and new activities to focus on.

    You are free to withdraw from therapy at any time.

    Can I watch the sessions? (for parents of children up to 16 years)

    It is advised that you attend all sessions so that the Speech and Language Therapist can demonstrate activities to you and show you ways in which you can help your child. The interactions that you have with your child on a daily basis are key to enabling your child to make progress.

    How much do the sessions cost?

    Please see the Services and Fees.

    How can I find out if a therapist is qualified?

    All Speech and Language Therapists should be registered with CORU. One of its key functions is to maintain and publish a register of health professionals who meet national standards: www.coru.ie

    Registered members of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) adhere to the ethical and professional standards outlined by the organisation.

    Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.

    Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.

    Inspiring confidence. Creating meaningful connections.