Enquiries:  Helen Ruane – Speech and Language Therapist. LCST MIASLT     

BA Counselling & Psychotherapy

Tel: 087 1235497


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TalkSense provides:

  • Speech & Language Therapy assessments and interventions
  • Group Therapy
  • School/ Home visits
  • Reading & Dyslexia interventions
  • Social Learning
  • Workshops for Parents
  • Workshops for Teachers
  • Guidance and support for parents and adults
  • Multi-disciplinary assessments and interventions tailored to each person’s specific needs.

TalkSense help you support your child to achieve goals through everyday experiences.

Our workshops and interventions are based on up to date research in Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Psychotherapy and Neuroscience.

See, Plan, Do and Progress with TalkSense

Sinead Moynihan BSc (Hons)

Occupational Therapist, MAOTI, ,CORU Registered

Founder of Special Yoga Cork

Sinead Moynihan is an Occupational Therapist and a Specialist Yoga teacher. Since qualifying from Trinity College Dublin in 2002, her career has spanned many countries and clinical settings.  With the arrival of her son in 2010, Sinead settled down near west Cork and turned her focus to paediatrics. Practicing yoga for over 18 years, Sinead knew the vast benefits it brought to her life.  Combining yoga and occupational therapy made perfect sense! 

Since launching Special Yoga Cork in 2014 Sinead has worked with over 600 kids with additional needs.  No diagnosis is too complex. Sinead’s area of expertise is Autism and sensory processing difficulties.

Sinead provides:

  • Occupational Therapy: assessment, intervention, education and training, school visits.
  • Therapeutic yoga: 1:1 sessions, classroom based group sessions, education and training.
  • Public speaking and lecturing

Sinead is registered with the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and a member of the Paediatric Advisory Group. Sinead was shortlisted for the Ann Beckett Award in 2016. This is the most prestigious Occupational Therapy award given in Ireland.

Sinead’s qualifications include:

Contemporary Yoga Teacher Diploma, Yoga for the Special Child, Special Yoga for Children with Developmental Challenges, Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Autism, ADHD and other Learning Challenges, Special Yoga and Mindfulness for Children with Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration Perspective.

Contact Details:

Telephone: 086 1663379



Roisin Sarsfield MA,AT, IACAT

Art Therapist


Roisin Sarsfield is a qualified, registered Art Therapist. She is currently employed by an organisation working with children with a range of social and behavioural issues. She has worked with a range of clients, including special education and mental health. During her time working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, she has found Art Therapy to be a fundamental coping tool, that’s gives the client a voice through the images they create. It also helps with self regulation and helps to build the client’s self confidence and self esteem. Roisin outlines Art therapy and it’s benefits:

Art Therapy and Autism

Broadly speaking, art therapy promotes mental and emotional growth through art making. Unlike art instruction, art therapy is conducted with the aim of building life skills, addressing deficits and problem behaviours, and promoting healthy self-expression. Clients are encouraged to explore and express themselves using art materials; crafting attractive artwork is not the goal (though it may be a happy by-product).

Art presents an Alternative to Verbal Communication

Art therapy is a natural fit for autism for several reasons. People with autism may have impaired communication. Verbal self-expression and language is often especially difficult. One person with autism writes “I just couldn’t get my words out. It was like a big stutter… Screaming was the only way I could communicate.” Art offers a way for people who have trouble “speaking their mind” with words to express themselves directly, without words. People with autism are often highly visual thinkers, and many report that they “think in pictures”. Expressing feelings and ideas through images is very natural for such people and can be a welcome relief from the daily struggle to use words effectively.

Art therapy can help with social skills

People with autism also tend to struggle with social issues, such as interpreting tone of voice and facial expression, and may feel uncomfortable relating to others. One-on-one interactions, such as conversations, are often extremely intimidating and stressful. For such people, working alongside a therapist can be much more comfortable. As the two share focus on the client’s art-making, a powerful bond can be forged without the initial need for direct, face-to-face interaction. Art can also be a wonderful facilitator in forming connections with peers. Cooperation, turn-taking, respecting differences and other social skills can all be practised in an enjoyable, natural setting. People with autism may also struggle to comprehend other people’s perspectives; looking at a peer’s art work offers a concrete way to “see” another person’s point of view. Working together on group projects fosters cooperation, teamwork and a sense of acceptance.

Contact Details:

Telephone: 0892089103


Deirdre Griffin

Educational Psychologist


Deirdre has been working as an Educational Psychologist since 1999.  She originally started working with the ISPCC and then Barnardos before becoming a Mum and deciding to focus on Educational Assessments.  Her background of looking at children in the broader context of their emotional, social and education needs has been invaluable in developing my role as an Educational Psychologist.  When assessing children, teenagers and adults cognitive ability she considers a broad understanding of their well-being and personal context when generating by findings.

Typically, people equate their learning skills with their results in exams.  An assessment does something different. It breaks learning down into distinct clusters. These are verbal processing (learning by listening), fluid reasoning (problem solving), visual spatial reasoning, working memory (attention/concentration span) and processing speed.  This gives us really useful information about about a person’s learning strengths and difficulties.

Having established a learning profile, they then look at how well a person is performing in reading, spelling, math and writing.   If any specific learning difficulties like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia are in the mix, they will be revealed by looking at the types of mistakes a person makes as well as a discrepancy between their overall ability and their attainment scores.

Deirdre likes to include an emotional/behaviour screening test in my assessment.  This can reveal very important information about how “available” the client is to learning.  If life is difficult, learning is difficult. Deirdre has trained in Mediation, Trauma counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and coaching.

She likes to bring her broad skills together when using the Friends for Life programme.  This is a rated and researched programme which has been shown to increase resilience while reducing anxiety.  The programme is offered at a whole class level, small group level and at times on a one to one basis depending on needs.

Her clients have ranged in age from 2 years old to 68 years old, and is hoping to one day assess older clients as she knows the relief and understanding assessments can bring, no matter what age a person is.

Contact details:



Telephone: 0861738828 (text only)

Horizons Therapy

12 Brewery Business Park

Ardee Rd.


Co. Louth

Horizons Therapy are a group of qualified allied health professionals consisting of occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and clinical psychologists who work in a clinic based setting with a variety of clients with differing abilities.

They offer evidence-based therapy, assistance and support for children and adults with a variety of difficulties and diagnoses. They address anything that limits functional participation in areas such as schoolwork, language and communication, fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing difficulties, learning, play and daily occupations.

They are happy to give you advice on how their services can benefit you or your loved one.

Contact Details:

Telephone: 042 9351777



The Insight Centre

Portmarnock, Dublin

The Insight Centre have been shortlisted for the Impact in the Community Award this year! The Insight Centre is a Multidisciplinary Clinic based in the heart of Portmarnock. They strive to provide a high-quality assessment and therapeutic service to children and adults. 

They offer psychology, speech and language, and occupational therapy to those across the lifespan. Their reports are accepted by the Department of Education and all HSE services and all services are covered by health insurance companies. 

Contact Details:

Telephone: 01 8463894



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Stephanie Power Woodhouse

Speech Therapist



Communication Playgroups are dedicated to parents and their children with any type of communication and/or language difficulty. The main goal in these groups is to empower parents with the tools they need to function in everyday life, while helping their children develop their communication skills, particularly in the early years.

The 50-minute playgroup sessions are aimed at children aged 0-4 years and their parent/carer. Groups usually run for consecutive blocks of 6 weeks. During each session they cover a topic related to communication and/or language development. They have toys and games related to the topics, to model what you could do at home. All work done with the children is done through play.

Some examples of topics discussed during Communication Playgroups include engagement, the importance of interest in the world, turn taking, attention, etc.

At the moment Stephanie is preparing for a new form of group work: Social Skills Training. This will involve the teaching of social skills such as eye contact, proximity, turn taking, etc to a slightly older age group: 5-8 year olds. Such skills will be taught in a practical and fun way through play and games.

Stephanie has been a speech therapist for the past 16 years. She graduated from the University of Malta where she has worked in Clinics, Mainstream & Special schools and hospitals for 7 years. She has been working in Ireland after moving in 2009, in a Private Practice where she worked closely with a team of Occupational Therapists working with children with Dyspraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism. She has also worked with a Charity Organisation.

Three years ago after personal experience with the health services, Stephanie decided to start Communication Playgroups. Her practice has grown gradually, working with parents in groups and/or individually. She has also given talks about speech and language development.

Contact information:


Telephone: 086-87 88 537



Colette O’Hanlon Bsc Hons OT

Occupational Therapist


Henry Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Colette O’Hanlon is a senior Occupational Therapist, who qualified from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in 1999 and has over 17 years experience working specifically with children. Colette is registered with CORU and is also an AOTI registered practitioner.

As a Paediatric OT Colette aims to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment for children who are having difficulty with their every-day tasks (occupations) to help them to thrive at home, school and within their community. Colette has amassed a wealth of experience particularly in the areas of Sensory Integration, motor skills, visual perception, functional assessment and handwriting.  She has extensive experience working with children who have physical, sensory and learning difficulties with wide ranging diagnoses including: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD); Chromosomal Disorders including Down Syndrome; Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia); Developmental Delay; Executive functioning difficulties; Sensory Processing Difficulties etc as well as children who do not have a diagnosis.  

Colette has recently set up a private clinic in Tullamore offering a large sensory room as well as smaller assessment/treatment space. Details of some of the courses she has completed as well as further photos of her clinic can be found on her website or her Facebook page www.Facebook/ot4kidscoh

Contact Details:

Phone: 085 7492732



Wendy von Mollendorff

Senior Occupational Therapist

B.OT (UDW) & Masters in Early Childhood Intervention (UP)

Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Wendy is a paediatric OT who has extensive experience and can help in the following areas:

  • Gross & Fine Motor assessment and intervention
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Developmental Delay
  • Complex disabilities and the related needs
  • Assessment of Need
  • Learning Disability
  • Dyspraxia

Contact Details:

Telephone: 087 1329547


Gina Daly

Occupational Therapist

Co. Cork

Gina is a qualified Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration.

She is conducting PhD research on Sensory integration and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder aged between four and eight years. Gina’s specialist areas include paediatrics and sensory integration. She is based in Co. Cork.

Contact Details:

Telephone : 086 3993503


Niamh Davis

Speech & Language Therapist

Trim, Co. Meath

Niamh is a highly skilled and experienced therapist providing speech and language therapy assessment and treatment services to children and adults with communication and/or swallowing difficulties in Meath, Kildare and Dublin.

Niamh is committed to keeping up to date with evidence based practice and maintaining her professional development.

Appointments are offered at her office in Trim, Co. Meath or at your home. Free initial telephone consultation. Training sessions available in pre schools, schools and residential care settings.

Contact Details:

Telephone: 046  9490909 / 086 1967099



Healing Hands Therapeutic Riding Centre


Healing Hands
Two-mile water,
Co. Wicklow

Healing Hands Therapeutic Riding Centre are a family run equine assisted therapy centre, located on a farm in a calm and quiet atmosphere. They use specially trained horses and highly trained staff to facilitate people in the local and surrounding communities. All abilities are welcome. There is a sensory indoor arena and sensory trail. Therapeutic riding can be beneficial to those with autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioural and developmental disorders among others.

They offer a sibling programme at a reduced cost. They also offer therapeutic parent riding.

The cost per riding session:

1:1 with a Therapeutic Riding Coach 

€35.00, 1 coach, 1 horse handler and 1 side walker if necessary having a sidewalker depends on the individuals needs)

Tamdun riding(where a child cannot sit unsupported)

1 coach, 1 sidewalker, 1 horse handler and an experienced rider sitting astride the horse with the child.


Sibling programme:

Siblings ride together €55.00

087 6002599

Sunbeams Play Therapy Becky Lawlor

Becky Lawlor BA, Pg. Dip.

Play Therapist
Becky is a qualified Play Therapist with a background in Education. She has experience working with children from 3 -14 years. She offers One to One Play Therapy Sessions and Parent Consultations.

Research has found that Play Therapy can be helpful for all children, as it helps to grow their confidence, self-esteem, problem solving and coping skills. Play therapy is an suitable intervention for those with social or emotional problems, learning difficulties, behavioural disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, or anger, as well as those with attention deficit disorders or who are on the autism spectrum.

“Play Therapy allows children to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions through their primary form of communication – play! Through this therapeutic play, children can develop their play skills, problem solving skills, resiliency, self-regulation, and coping skills, which can help alleviate the problems they may be facing outside of the play room.”


7B Balbriggan Street
21 Fairview,
Dublin 3.

The Speech Centre

Catriona Lysaght
Speech and Language Therapist

Catriona Lysaght is a well-known private Speech and Language Therapist, who has worked extensively with children and adults at all stages of life, with a wide variety of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. She has a particular interest in children with speech and language delay and disorder, whether as a result of a disability or in typical developmental patterns. She also specialises in swallowing disorders, and provides dysphagia services to care centres across Ireland, including online dysphagia training.

Catriona prides herself on offering a top quality, tailor-made Speech and Language Therapy service for each individual and family under her care. She started working in private practice in 2010, setting up a small business called The Speech Centre. This has since grown to be the largest private speech and language therapy business in Ireland, a true testament to the exceptional speech therapy that Catriona and her team provide. There are now branches of The Speech Centre located in Dublin, Wexford, Castlebar, Galway, Tralee, Killarney, Mallow and Mitchelstown. Each branch of The Speech Centre has a local therapist dedicated to their own clients’ needs, and with particular areas of interest. If you would like to get in touch with Catriona or her team, just contact your local branch.

The following are just some of the client groups that Catriona works with at The Speech Centre:

AUTISM SPECTRUM and related disorders

DOWN SYNDROME and other chromosomal disorders








Catriona chose to be listed on this website because of the services she provides, and her keen interest in working with children and adults with additional needs.  

For more information about Catriona and her practice please visit her website, or contact her directly on 085 2175111 or

The Speech Centre clinics are available nationwide. Please click here to contact your local branch.

Sensory Stage Stars


Our classes have a different theme each week. Classes that run on Sundays, do so throughout the summer, to give some routine for our ASD students. Our teacher has completed the Lámh Module One Course and holds an Advanced Diploma in Autism Awareness.

These classes are held in our Mount Oval Studio, Rochestown. All classes run for an 12-week term. Places are very limited, so booking is advisable.

ASD classes are where our students can feel safe and explore the world around them, through sensory and role play. The skills developed in our ASD drama classes closely correspond with three of the main impairments seen in autism: social interaction, communication and flexibility of imagination.

In our Sensory Stage Stars ASD classes, there will be plenty of visual and vocal communication, puppets, improvisation, role play, vocal exercises, sensory play to include our eight senses and most of all, we guarantee learning through fun. Our programmes are for children verbal and non-verbal. And we have received excellent feedback. We see the able and not just the label.


Tel: +353 87 975 5764

Ber Carroll

Accredited Parent Mentor. Child and Adolescent Therapist.

Sensory Attachment Intervention Practitioner.


Ber is a mother and a grandmother who has worked extensively with both parents and children for the last 30 years. Ber started firstly as a Director of Sonas Montessori School and then worked as a Learning Support and Resource Teacher at Primary School Level. She completed further studies with a BA Psychology and English Literature, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy, Diploma in Parent Mentoring and Sensory Attachment Intervention Therapy. More recently she qualified with a Post Grad Cert in Teaching and Learning at 3rd Level and she now lectures part-time with U.C.C.

Presently her work includes her private consultancy where she offers Play/Creative Therapy for children aged 3-18 years along with working with individuals, parent and child engagement, helping to create family wellbeing and a secure base where healing takes place. She also offer training, workshops and seminars to teachers, child care workers, social workers, family support workers, and all professionals who are working with children and families. Ber is presently studying for a Diploma in Supervision Play Therapy.

The following are the hallmarks of her practice:

Parents always do their best and need only to be “good enough”.

Adults hold the key to the future and when they have opportunities to reflect on their lives children thrive.

I believe that all behaviour makes sense, adults’ and children’s alike and is a form of communication. When we understand what lies beneath the behaviour, the purpose of it, we will be able to resolve the challenges it presents.

I look beyond the labels that may have been imposed on a child and see the potential and true spirit of the child and help the parents to so the same.

All children are geniuses. Intelligence goes miles beyond the classroom walls.

Punishment is unnecessary and unhelpful, it instils fear and lowers self-esteem.

Discipline with love, choices and boundary setting lead to empowerment and high self-esteem

Further Training to date:

  • Sensory Attachment Intervention
  • Attachment and Psychopathology DMM ( Patricia Crittenden)
  • Sand Play Therapy Rocky Mountain Institute
  • CHippa Child Assessment Through Play (Karen Stagnetti)
  • Responding Therapeutically to Child Sexual Abuse (Eileen Prendiville).
  • SEe FaR CBT Beyond Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. New protocol for treatment of Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (Mooli Lahad)

Ber has given workshops and talks for students, parents and teachers in many schools. She has also done consultation work for individual children in schools.                

Agencies including Tusla, Towards Healing and MSD Ireland have engaged her support.

Ber Carroll

Nurturing Family Wellbeing

@ Midland Parenting and Child Therapy Centre

Dalystown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.



Telephone: +353872103247