Jessica graduated from the Masters of Science in Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick in 2017. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology. Jessica is a registered member of Coru and is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and the Independent Speech Therapists of Ireland (ISTI).

During her Masters degree, Jessica gained experience in several settings including Adult Disability Services, Paediatric Primary Care, Early Intervention Teams, Physical and Sensory School Age Team, and Developmental Coordination Disorder School Age Team. 
After completing her Masters, Jessica worked in a private multidisciplinary practice where she gained invaluable experience working with a varied caseload which included autistic children, children with an Intellectual Disability, Phonological Delay/Disorder, Articulation Disorder, Stuttering, Selective Mutism, Developmental Language Disorder, and Developmental Coordination Disorder. She also worked with adults with acute brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, stuttering, Stroke (Aphasia), and Voice Disorder.

Jessica developed a keen interest in Early Intervention and has attended several workshops and seminars in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Attention Autism, DIR Floortime, Core Vocabulary, Stammering, Delivering Telehealth, and parent coaching.

Jessica worked in a special school for children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities providing direct and indirect intervention to support the children’s communication skills both in the classroom and at home. She provided training and support to educational staff to implement strategies that encouraged the children to reach their communication potential and access the curriculum while also building relationships with their peers. Jessica supported children who required AAC devices and helped to set up and implement the use of the AAC system in daily routines.

Most recently, Jessica worked in the primary care setting providing services to preschool and school-age children who presented as late talkers, who had speech difficulties, or issues understanding or using language. She also supported children who presented with a stammer. She provided home and school programmes and worked closely with the families and teachers of the children she supported.

Jessica also works with Clinical Psychologists in carrying out Autism assessments and providing comprehensive reports and recommendations for appropriate services and supports to help the individual in school, home and in the community.

Jessica has completed training in Lámh, Floortime DIR, Attention Autism, Lidcombe Training for Fluency, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R).

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