Child Development Team - Speech and Language Therapy

We provide services to children who are

  • 6-18 years of age
  • and who also have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or a moderate, severe or profound Intellectual Disability

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The Child Development Team also includes

  • Service Manager
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clerical Support

Speech & Language Therapy can offer advice and therapy to children, parents and schools. We can help your child with:

  • Using pictures to support understanding and following routine
  • Developing alternative modes of communication e.g. communication devices, Lámh, Picture Exchange
  • Understanding language (e.g. following instructions)
  • Expressing themselves (e.g. finding the right words)
  • Social skills such as taking turns in games and keeping a conversation going
  • Feeding, Eating, Drinking and/or Swallowing (FEDS) e.g. children who:
  • have a limited range of foods in their diet
  • have difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • are at risk of choking or food going down the wrong way
  • need modified diets
  • need alternative modes of getting nutrition such as PEG feeding

Services we provide

  • We offer a range of supports and services to the children and families attending our team. What we do to help depends on the child’s needs. These may include:
  • Individualized assessments of a child’s strengths and needs
  • School visits – goal setting meetings, classroom based therapy, co-teaching
  • Linking with other health and education professionals
  • Individual and group intervention sessions for children
  • Parent workshops and training
  • Home and school programmes

To Refer

Does your child already have a diagnosis of ASD and/or an intellectual disability?

If yes then please complete our referral form and additional information forms and send them to us with any reports you have

Do you think that your child needs an assessment to decide if they have ASD?

If yes then please complete our referral form and additional information forms

Please give as much information as possible. Please include all professional reports for assessments your child has already participated in.

Who else can refer my child?

  • Teachers
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Health Staff or G.P.s can also refer your child to us (They need your parental consent)

Our Contact Details

  • Cavan: Child Development Team, Hillside, Rathcorrick, Cavan, Co. Cavan, H12 NT26 Phone: 049 438 0100
  • Monaghan: Child Development Team, St Davnet’s Complex, Rooskey Monaghan, Co. Monaghan Phone: 047 74262

Other services that may fit your child’s needs better

Do you think that your child has difficulty with learning?

If yes then please talk to your child’s school. They can contact the National Educational Psychologist Service (NEPS)

Do you think that your child needs support for mental health or attention in schools?

If yes then please go to your G.P. who can refer you to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Information about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is also known as ASD, Autism and Asperger’s. It is a developmental condition that affects 1 in 68 people.

No two people with ASD have the same symptoms or experiences. The core characteristics include:

  • Restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviours and interests
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Difficulties with social interaction

These may present as:

  • Difficulty developing and maintaining peer friendships
  • Reduced interest in sharing enjoyment and activities
  • Social communication difficulties both verbal and non-verbal
  • Rigidity of thoughts and behaviours
  • Dislikes changes in routine
  • Obsessive or ritualistic behaviours

ASD is only diagnosed if:

  • all three symptoms have an impact on your life
  • and they make your daily life more challenging

Speech and Language Therapists are one of the core members of the team who diagnose ASD.  We can help by providing:

  • Assessment with other team members to determine if your child satisfies criteria for ASD
  • Advice and support for you and your child
  • Parent workshops about how to help your child with ASD
  • Group therapy to help your child with their social skills
  • Help to develop communication skills