Senior Speech and Language Therapist
CORU Registered Speech and Language Therapist SL016076
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Registration IASLT IA090201
Erika Dowling is a Child and Adolescent Speech and Language Therapist. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.Sc. (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies. In college, Erika was awarded the ‘Undergraduate Award of Ireland’ in the Linguistics Category, and the ‘Trinity Beggs Leask Award’ for best research project.
Erika initially worked with Enable Ireland Services from 2010-2013. During this time she worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing assessment and intervention for children aged 6-18years presenting with Primary Physical Disability (e.g. cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy). She also worked on a specific team providing services for children and adolescents presenting with Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder.
Erika now works with the HSE in the area of child and adolescent mental health, providing assessment and intervention for children and adolescents presenting with mental health difficulties (e.g. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, selective mutism).
In a private capacity, Erika can provide comprehensive assessments for children through to adolescents who present with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs. Erika is highly experienced in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide a high quality and evidence based service for children and adolescents presenting with speech, language and communication needs.
Prior to working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Heath Service, Erika worked in Enable Ireland – a service for children presenting with primary physical disability. During her time there, she was the lead speech and language therapist on the Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder/ Dyspraxia Team in Bray ~ including co-facilitating group based intervention for children in the areas of ‘Assertiveness’, ‘Understanding and Expressing Emotions’, and ‘Self Esteem’.
Erika’s Qualifications & Training
The Practical Management of Eating and Drinking Difficulties in Children, Including implementation of the ‘Fun with Food Group Programme’ (Arlene McCurtin) – Intermediate Level – RCLST Approved Course (2012) with The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London
Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT) (2015) a programme for helping people to deal with intense emotions through four key principles of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness (communication and relations) and emotional regulation.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) (2015) is a goal orientated approach that places focus on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. The core principle of this approach is to help the individual to develop a vision of the future and offer support as they determine the skills, resources, and abilities needed to achieve that vision successfully.
Foundation Programme in Transgender Awareness – Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (2014 – workshop in suicide first aid.
STORM self-injury (2014)
Human Givens – How To Lift Depression – The practical skills you need – (2015)
Quantitative Behavioural (QB) Assessment Training – this is a specific assessment used by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the assessment of ADHD – Carlow/ Kilkenny was the first clinic in the Republic of Ireland to use this assessment.
Selective Mutism Children who can speak but don’t – Maggie Johnson Training
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and use of Board Maker Evidenced interventions for Children with Speech Sound Disorders – Caroline Bowen Training (2017)
Undergraduate Award of Ireland in the Linguistic Category – Gold Medal Award (November 2009) with Undergraduate Awards of Ireland
Hanen More than Words October 2018 – The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.
More Than Words does this by empowering you to help your child reach the following three goals:
- Improved social communication and back-and-forth interactions
- Improved play skills
- Improved imitation skills
Sensory Attachment Intervention Programme – 2 day introduction course March 2019 (TBC)