B.Sc. (Hons) Clinical Speech and Language Studies
Senior Speech & Language Therapist
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.
Lorraine published work in The Irish Psychologist (2008), the National Educational Psychological Service’s February Research Brief (2014), and most recently, in the UK’s peer reviewed journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (2017).
Awards: “Excellent” and Highly Commended Award at the PSI Students Congress (2008).
Conferences: Presented at the Psychological Society of Ireland’s National Conference in 2016.
- Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland
- Member of the Division of Educational Psychologists, PSI
- Chairperson of the Kilkenny/Carlow Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Group (0-3 yrs)
- Member of the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health
- Lorraine spent two terms on the Committee of the Division of Educational Psychologists, PSI and she is currently on a working group with the PSI who are revising the Best Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders for children and adolescents (birth to 18 years).
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)