Speech & Language Therapy, Kildare & Clonakilty

Are you concerned about your child’s speech, or ability to communicate, their use and understanding of words or how they pronounce their sounds? Our speech and language therapy milestones information chart will help you determine if your child needs intervention.

Sensational Kids paediatric speech and language therapy services are open to children of all ages and all abilities.

Through Speech and language assessment and therapeutic intervention for children  we work on language stimulation as well as the production of speech.

Each child’s selected goals will be achieved using evidence-based practice. Alternative and augmentative communication tools, such as computers, pictures boards or the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) may be used to facilitate functional communication skills.



Sensational Kids Speech and language therapy sessions are performed individually and plans focus on improving the following skill areas:

• Receptive Language
• Expressive Language
• Pragmatic or Social Skills
• Articulation
• Oral Motor Skills
• Fluency
• Voice


Why choose Speech & Language Therapy at Sensational Kids

  • Our Team  Sensational Kids offers a multi disciplinary team of highly skilled therapists who are supported with continuous professional development and clinical supervision and who work together as a team to support your child
  • All Abilities Our speech and language therapy services are open to children of all ages and all abilities.
  • Specialist Expertise Our speech therapy team support children with additional needs including those with autism, down syndrome, non verbal children, and many other developmental delays.
  • Not For Profit  Sensational Kids is a registered charity founded by parents to help make services affordable and accessible for families. Our services are subsidised by donations, fundraising, proceeds from our shop and training workshops
  • Family Friendly Hours   Appointments are available Tuesday to Saturday
  • Sensational Facilities  Sensational Kids provides a highly resourced child development & learning centre designed to make speech therapy enjoyable for your child
  • Sensory Integration Our facilities include a sensory integration gym with swings, a ball pool and climbing equipment. In addition our  therapists  have undertaken additional professional training courses in sensory processing disorders.
  • Sensory Room  Sensational Kids facilities also include Sensory room which includes uv lighting, a projector, an interactive bubble tube and weighted blankets
  • Waiting rooms for parents  Comfortable waiting rooms with free tea and coffee for parents/guardians
  • Privacy  Our therapists each have their own consultation rooms equipped with lots of exciting games and toys to make therapy fun for your child
  • Accessibility – Sensational Kids operates and Open Referral system which means that parents/guardians can book appointments at Sensational Kids without the need for a GP Referral.
  • Clinical Supervison Our therapy team are fully supported with clinical supervision in line with best practice recommendations
  • Continuous Professional Development The therapy team at Sensational Kids are provided with several continuous professional development courses every year, ensuring that your child benefits from the most up to date expertise.
  • Child Development & Learning Store Access to the resources you need to help your child develop their skills at Ireland’s only Child Development and Learning Store that is run as a social enterprise
  • Ethos  Sensational Kids was set up “Because Sensational Children Deserve Sensational Therapy”

Speech & Language Therapy For Children With Hearing Loss 

Auditory Verbal Therapy

Elaine Baldwin, Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids has undertaken specialist training to provide speech & language therapy for children with hearing loss using the techniques of Auditory Verbal Therapy.

This specialist service is available with Elaine at our facilities in both Clonakilty and Kildare.

How do I know if my child needs speech and language therapy?



By Age

Speech and Language Skill Milestone Refer if

1 year


Your child should be using gestures, pointing, understand cause and effect, imitate sounds, be saying their first words, and be communicating with intent


Your child doesn’t cry, babble or pay attention to other voices

2 years


By 24 months your child should have 50 single words combined in dfiferent ways. By age two and half to three years they should be able to follow simple commands.


Your child can’t put some words together in a speech

3 years


By 36 months your child should be able to follow two requests such as “Do x and then y” They should be able to respond from another room and their speech should be able to be understood by others


Your child’s speech is difficult for those outside the family to understand or if they are not combining words

4 years


By 4 years your child should be able to communicate their needs and wants and be able to answer “WH” questions such as What and When


Your child doesn’t have a growing vocabulary, speak in sentences, and make most sounds – or a child points to things instead of talking. If they cannot answer WH questions

5 years

By 5 years your child should be able to pay attention to a short story and carry on a simple conversation  

Your child can’t carry on a simple conversation, stammers, sounds much different from playmates, is reluctant to talk, is very self-conscious when speaking and becomes defensive, nervous, or withdrawn when speaking




If you are concerned about your child’s speech production, please keep in mind that the majority of sounds a three year old makes should be normal. Although she/he may use all sounds correctly, she/he should be intelligible to strangers.


Acceptable ages of speech sound development for children



3 years – 3 years 11 months

m, n, p, h, w, b, t, d, k, g, f

4 years

Sh, S

5 years

s, z, l, v, CH, TH, Q

6 years



How much does Speech & Language Therapy Cost at Sensational Kids?


Sensational Kids is a social enterprise and registered charity set up by parents to provide accessible and affordable child development services for children of all ages and abilities. Speech & Language Therapy at Sensational Kids is subsidised by fundraising and donations as well as proceeds from our child development and learning store and our professional development training workshops.

Our speech and language therapy intervention sessions are reduced from €120 per session to €75 per session.

• Speech & Language Therapy Sessions (approx 45 minutes) €75
• Speech & Language Therapy Assessment with full written report €330
• Outreach & School Visits are charged at €68 per hour of the therapist’s time plus mileage at 39c per km.

We do NOT charge additional fees for short letters or phone calls once you are attending our service. Any additional reports that require a substantial amount of the therapist’s time will be billed at €75 per hour.

Joint Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy sessions are available on request

Prices for talks, presentations and training are available on request


Payment Policy

Full payment is required for each session before the appointment commences.
We are happy to accept credit/debit cards or cash as  methods of payment.


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment 48 hours notice is required to be given so that this appointment can be re-allocated. A €20 charge will apply for cancellations without 48 hours notice and full fees will be payable for failure to arrive for an appointment.


Speech & Language Therapy is available from Sensational Kids at our child development centres in:

Leinster: Kildare Town

Munster: Clonakility, County Cork

Our services are open to children from all over Ireland.

Outreach Services

We also offer in house services to schools and school visits on request

Speech and Language Therapy Opening Hours 

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Mondays & Saturdays 9.30am – 5pm


Are you in West Cork and concerned about your child’s speech & language development?


Help is at hand! We are starting a new free Speech & Language Therapy Drop In Clinic on Wednesday mornings from 10am – 12 noon in Clonakilty, starting 4th April 2018

No need to book – just call in to have a chat with our speech & language therapist Elaine, at Clonakilty GAA Centre.

Our South-West Child Development Services are generously funded by The Dormant Accounts Fund.




How to make an appointment for Speech & Language Therapy at Sensational Kids

Making an appointment for our speech & language therapy services in Kildare or Clonakilty is easy!

Just phone us on  045 520900

We follow best practice recommendations and always meet with the parents/guardians at the first appointment so that therapists have the opportunity to speak frankly about the child’s difficulties without impacting on the child’s self-esteem and confidence. During this parent consultation appointment the therapist will also complete developmental checklists and paperwork with the parents/guardians. Please bring any reports or paperwork you may have about your child to your first appointment.