Breda Hand, Educational Psychologist, at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Breda Hand, B.Ed, B.Sc. (Psychology), M.A.E.P. (Educational Psychology), MBPsS   Profile Educational psychologist Breda Hand has seventeen years’ experience as an educational psychologist with both the HSE and The National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS) from 2001 – 2018. She has worked with children from Junior Infants to Leaving Certificate who presented with the full spectrum of special educational needs. She has extensive experience dealing with parents and with teachers and principals of both primary and post-primary schools and has worked with whole-school staffs on a range of initiatives. In addition, Breda works with the disability & support services in many third level institutions. Prior to qualifying as an educational psychologist, Breda was a primary school teacher from 1985-2001. In this role, she taught children from four to thirteen years and developed a particular interest and expertise in children with special educational needs.   Continuous Professional Development Breda has also engaged with a […]

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Brionán McAleer BSc OT, Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Monaghan

Brionán graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a first class honours in Occupational Therapy. Brionán’s journey with paediatric occupational therapy started as a student where she gained experience working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) in Glasgow. Brionán then completed her final year placement in a private children’s occupational therapy clinic in Monaghan where she developed a keen interest in sensory integration. Soon after graduating, Brionán started working in private practice where she gained experience and then joined the team at Sensational Kids, Clones, Co Monaghan in March 2020. Brionán’s previous experience includes working with children and adolescents with varied needs in clinical, school and acute settings. She has supported children with 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 […]

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Cathy Bishop Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids Kildare

Cathy is a passionate, experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in pediatrics, who started her career as a social care key-worker where she spent 10 years in the fields of children’s and young adult mental health services including supporting young people (age range 7-18 years) with complex needs presenting with ASD, ODD, ADHD, anxiety disorders and psychosis. Cathy then returned to education to study Occupational Therapy at Trinity College, Dublin. Since graduating from Trinity College, Cathy has worked as an occupational therapist in pediatric private clinical settings, where she has gained several years experience working with children who present with motor, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Through her extensive experience, Cathy has managed a diverse caseload of children who presented with ASD, DCD, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome and ABI. Cathy is passionate about empowering children by providing them with the just right tools to support them to achieve their occupational goals […]

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Ciara Gallen, Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Ciara graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist in August 2019 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, having  previously earned a Bachelor of Arts with Children Studies in 2016, from National University of Ireland, Galway. Ciara has also spent a year working for the International School of Choueifat in Dubai as a class teacher of 31 kindergarten infants. With experience of working with children in various different settings over the years Ciara has completed placements both in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, working with children in preschools, mainstream schools, special educational schools, community hospitals and Early Intervention Teams. Ciara has also gained experience as a graduate clinician with Enable Ireland. Most recently Ciara has been working on a 1:1 basis with non-verbal children who have Autism on the home tuition scheme before joining our team at Sensational Kids in 2020. Ciara’s main interest has always been in helping and caring. Ciara has […]

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Elaine Baldwin, BSc SLT, Senior Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

Elaine joined our team at Sensational Kids having graduated with an honours degree in speech & language therapy from University College Cork in 2012. Elaine has experience in the provision of individual and group therapy and assessments to children of all ages and all abilites. She has worked with children up to aged 18 years with varying needs including intellectual disability, developmental delay and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Recently Elaine has undertaken Auditory Verbal Therapy Training,Part 1 Working Through Audition, an RCSLT Approved & AG Bell Academy accredited six days of training with an LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist® to provide specialist speech & language therapy training to children with hearing loss using the techniques of auditory verbal therapy. Following her graduation, Elaine worked with The Brothers of Charity also spent 9 months as a home tutor to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time she facilitated and conducted Hanen training programs that equip parents […]

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Eoghan Lonergan, Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Eoghan graduated as a Speech & Language Therapist from University College Cork in 2018. Since graduating Eoghan has worked with children and adults of all ages who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s Syndrome, Intellectual/Learning Disability and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Through his work in private practice, Eoghan has supported children who present with developmental delays, speech delays, language Impairments and many other conditions. Eoghan has a keen interest in working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and adopts strategies from the Hanen programme and Intensive Interaction CPD training he has previously attended in his sessions. With an interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), Eoghan has supported a number of people to use both high-tech and low-tech AAC devices. Eoghan has previously supported people to use an eye-gaze device to support their communicative needs. Eoghan has been involved in the changeover of FEDS guidelines from the Irish Consistency […]

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Grainne Warren, Play Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

Gráinne has facilitated group sessions in social skills and has also facilitated creative workshops for children using a variety of creative art tools such as art and craft, clay, slime, drama, therapeutic games and mindfulness. She has additional training in working with children effected by cancer, trauma and neurobiology and running mental health workshops in primary schools. Grainne carries out play therapy sessions based on a non-directive child-led approach. All work in the playroom is based on the  therapeutic relationship with the child, and the trust and confidence which grow as a result of same. She believes in the importance of working with parents on developing positive parenting skills as well as supporting parents to assist their children through the therapy process.   Qualifications Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Play Therapy Ireland) National University of Ireland, Galway 2018 Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (Play Therapy Ireland) National University of […]

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John Doyle, Educational Psychologist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty, Cork

John holds Chartered Psychologist status, (recognised professional practitioner level), for three separate domains of practice with the Psychological Society of Ireland:   (a) Chartered Educational Psychologist; (b) Chartered Counselling Psychologist; and, (c) Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist.   John Doyle is a highly experienced Psychologist whose work experience  includes posts with  Tusla Child and Family Agency, Brothers of Charity Service, Cope Foundation, Co-Action and NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service). Qualifications 2019 Professional Doctorate Educational Psychology (currently studying for) 2016 Masters by Dissertation, (Educational Psychology) 2001 Master of Arts in Integrative Psychotherapy 1997 Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy. 1994 Higher Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. 1990 Master of Science in Occupational Psychology. 1984 Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology  

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Kim McGoona, BSc, Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Mayo

Kim joined Sensational Kids child development centre in Claremorris, Co Mayo in 2019, having graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. As an occupational therapist and the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Kim understands the parent’s perspective of requiring services for their child, and can empathise with what families are experiencing, allowing for family centred practice.Kim loves to see children reach their full potential through meaningful occupational engagement while keeping it fun. With a keen interest in neurodevelopment, sensory integration and autism, Kim is a very passionate Occupational Therapist who brings her personal experience as a parent as well as her clinical experience to her role at Sensational Kids.   Professional Qualifications 2019 BSc. (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, NUIG (National University of Ireland, Galway) 2006-2007, Foundation Course in Psychotherapy, Galway Counselling Studies   Professional Memberships AOTI member (Irish Association […]

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Mary Connell, Specialist Literacy Teacher at Sensational Kids, Kildare

Mary is a very experienced specialist primary school and montessori teacher, who is passionate about helping children who struggle with learning to read and has a special interest in helping children who have dyslexia with reading. Mary has worked with children with a variety of special educational needs for many years. Originally from Athenry, Co Galway, Mary qualified as a primary teacher at Manchester University in 1969. After which, she worked for a number of years at a primary school in Salford in Lancashire. Following Irish certification with the Irish Department of Education, Mary worked as a National School Teacher in a rural national school in Co.Laois. Mary also qualified in the Montessori method of Education in 1982. In 1993, Mary was appointed as a full time learning support teacher for four National Schools in the Laois area. During this time, Mary undertook a number of additional qualifications in dyslexia […]

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Mary Lucey, BSc OT, Senior Occupational Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

Mary Lucey, is an experienced occupational therapist who has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses, including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Neurological conditions, Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities.  Mary also has significant experience in guiding her practice with a variety approaches, including Sensory Integration, CO-OP and behavioural approaches. Mary graduated from University College Cork in 2016 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Following her graduation Mary worked in a private children’s occupational therapy clinic in Dublin and for the HSE in Cork.  We are delighted that Mary has joined our team at Sensational Kids in Clonakilty to help us develop our occupational therapy services for children with additional needs in the West Cork and greater Munster area.   Professional Qualifications Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, BSc.  in Occupational Therapy from University College Cork (2016) Professional Credit Award, Clinical Supervision: Supporting Continuing Professional Development from […]

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Michael Power, Audiologist at Sensational Kids, West Cork

Michael Power, a Cork native and Clinical Audiologist, is a graduate of the School of Audiology, Institute of Laryngology and Otology, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, Gray’s Inn Rd, London and University College London Medical School in 2000. Michael has previously worked as Senior Paediatric Audiologist in Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool.   Appointments for Hearing Tests at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty, West Cork   Appointments are available at Sensational Kids, West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty, Co Cork To book an appointment with Audiologist Michael Power, phone Sensational Kids on 023 887 8208

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Róisín O’Sullivan, Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Clonakilty

Róisín joined our team at Sensational Kids having graduated with an honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2020. Following graduation, Róisín wanted to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Róisín has experience working in a variety of settings and has amassed a wealth of varying skills in busy demanding environments. Róisín has experience working with clients of all ages. She has worked with children in both primary care settings and disability services. Róisín has also worked with adults in an acute hospital and in a residential centre for adults with intellectual disability. Róisín has planned and conducted both individual and group intervention. Róisín has worked with different health care professionals and teachers and has participated in teacher and parent training sessions to provide them with strategies to support communication and language development. In addition, Róisín has extensive experience in the assessment and […]

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Sandra Gray, Chartered Psychologist, at Sensational Kids, Mayo

Sandra Gray, Chartered Psychologist (Psychological Society of Ireland) has recently joined the Sensational Kids team in Claremorris. Sandra is an Educational Psychologist with many years of experience across a range of settings. She has a background in teaching children and adults with special needs and has always had an interest in identifying these needs and supporting families access appropriate services. Sandra was previously employed as a NEPS psychologist in Mayo and Sligo where she worked with schools to support their work at an individual, class and whole school level. In addition, Sandra has worked with the HSE for 18 years in both Primary Care and Early Intervention services working with children aged 2 – 18. Previous work experience also includes employment with voluntary agencies who have supported a range of special needs in their community including Enable Ireland, NTDI, Ability West, Friends & Families and Sligo and Adult Literacy services. […]

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Sarah Crowley, MSc OT, Occupational Therapist, Clonakilty

Sarah Crowley joined our occupational therapy team in Clonakilty in January 2019, having graduated from Queen Margaret University,  Edinburgh with an MSc in Occupational Therapy. Sarah’s work experience includes working as a Youth Support Worker with Lothian Autistic Society, as a Health Care Assistant with Le Cheile, Cope Foundation Cork, which included the provision of care and support using a child-centred approach within a respite centre for children with learning disabilities and/or autism. In addition, Sarah has  volunteered in Cope’s children’s respite unit supporting children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to engage in meaningful activities, as well as volunteering as a summer camp leader for children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism at Co-Action, and as a literacy mentor, with Suas Education Development.Since joining our team at Sensational Kids, Sarah has completed several continuous professional development training courses including Ayres Sensory Integration, Floortime, Handwriting Without Tears and Therapeutic Listening.   Professional Qualifications […]

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