Maureen Byrne, Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist, Mayo

Maureen joined the team at Sensational Kids Child Development Centre Claremorris, Co. Mayo in September 2020 having returned to Ireland after many years working in New York. She graduated with distinction from Mercy College, NY in 2016 with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. During her six years of post qualification experience as a speech language therapist, Maureen has worked in a variety of private and public settings with a diverse population of children and adolescents presenting with speech and language delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Selective Mutism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fragile-X, articulation, phonological, fluency disorders, pragmatic language disorders and learning disabilities.

She has provided individual and group therapy to children of all ages and enjoys working with families, multidisciplinary teams and schools to ensure cohesive intervention and best outcomes for her clients. Maureen also has experience working with adults with cognitive/communication difficulties and has further developed her skills in the area of dysphagia with recent clinical experience in an acute medical setting.


Professional Qualifications

Master of Science with Distinction in Communication Disorders Mercy College, New York 2016
Undergraduate Studies in Communication Disorders (GPA 4.0) Iona College New Rochelle, New York 2011-2013
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language/Literature and Political Science Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland 1991


Professional Memberships


Member of IASLT (Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists)
CORU Registered (Organisation for Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals)

ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence).
Hanen Certified It Takes Two to Talk® The Hanen Program® for Parents


Continuous Professional Development Courses Completed


Playing to Pretend or “Pretending” to Play: Play in Young Children with Autism presented by Dr. Carol Westby June 2022
Foundations of language in the first year: How the human infant comes prepared to develop speech presented by Dr. Kimbrough Oller June 2022
Autism, Learning Style and the Impact of Visual Teaching Methods May 2022
Autism & Social Communication presented by Middletown Centre For Autism April 2022
Building Blocks for Sensory Integration presented by Sheila Frick November 2021
Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapeutic Practice for the Autistic Population presented by Rachel Dorsey MS, CCC-SLP September 2021
Hanen It Takes Two to Talk Workshop October 2021
Dysphagia Care Training April 2021
Autism Cork Conference October 2020
Introduction to PROMPTS Technique (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) presented by The Prompt Institute November 2019

Completed the following at the 2018 ASHA Convention Boston, MA:
Apply Evidence-Based Vocabulary Intervention Techniques With Numerous Activities for the School Age Child
Attention & Language Learning: What We Know About Attention’s Role in Language Intervention
Critical Components of Narrative Discourse Intervention for School-Age Students
Everything Old is New Again: Treating Speech Sound Disorders
Strategies to Improve Expressive Language Skills in Preschool Children With Learning Disorders

Ways to Help School-Age Children Communicate & Learn