Nicole Donovan Pg. Dip., B.Sc.
Assistant Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist
Nicole graduated with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Psychology in June 2016 before specialising in Speech and Language Therapy and graduating with a PgDip from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2019. Nicole’s foundation in Psychology equipped her with the relevant knowledge to combine her skills and implement therapeutic practices for children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties.
Prior to commencing her Masters, Nicole worked as an EAL and Resource Teacher in Cistercian College, Roscrea. Nicole worked in tandem with subject teachers to enhance the learning experience of overseas students and prepare them to sit their Cambridge Examinations. As a Resource Teacher, Nicole worked in collaboration with Occupational Therapists to implement IEP’s for students with a diagnosis of Dyslexia, ADHD and Dysgraphia and to assist these students overcome their psychosocial and environmental barriers. Nicole is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland (Registration No: 227454) and has worked as a Substitute Teacher in various Primary Schools in County Tipperary. She was also employed by the Department of Education & Skills as a Home Tutor for July Provision, providing educational support for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
During her studies, Nicole worked in Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Hospital in Edinburgh. The client group she worked with included female teenagers with mental health needs; Emerging Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorders. She worked as part of a Multi-disciplinary team of Mental Health Nurses and Psychologists to provide emotional support for patients as well as assisting them in the implementation of their individualised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Program.
Nicole completed her Clinical Training in the NHS, as well as with the HSE Primary Care Team in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. She worked in a Junior Language Class in a mainstream Primary School for children diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder and Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia. Nicole’s role as a Speech and Language Therapist with the HSE was to devise a Therapy Program based on each child’s individual needs, to provide 1-1 therapy as well as facilitating weekly Group Sessions. Nicole worked in collaboration with the mainstream teacher as well as attending Parent/Teacher and SLT Meetings to discuss the child’s goals and recommend onward referrals, where necessary (i.e.) CAMHS. Nicole also has experience providing assessment and intervention for children and adolescents presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech Sound Disorders/Delay and children with Selective Mutism and Dysfluency.
Nicole is an Assessor for Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) 2020 for students applying for Undergraduate Courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions in Ireland. Based on Nicole’s experience, she was allocated Neurological and Speech and Language Therapy applications. These disability categories included students with a diagnosis of Speech and Language Communication Disorder, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Nicole applied her clinical judgement to review and interpret the educational impact statement provided by the student’s school as well as supporting documents provided by the appropriate Medical Consultant to ascertain whether each applicant meets DARE criteria. Nicole is a member of the DARE Advisory Board for Speech and Language Communication Disorders to review complex cases.
Nicole’s Additional Qualifications and Training:
• Module One Lámh course: Lámh is the manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Signing encourages eye contact and attention to movement; skills that are important for supporting speech development.
• Dysphagia care training using IDDSI framework accredited by: The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
• Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Qualification.
• Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: 2-day Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Course, supported by Action for Stammering. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an early intervention approach designed for treating stammering. This intervention has also been adapted for use with children with other speech and language needs, using video feedback to develop parents’ confidence and skills and addressing wider child management issues with parents, e.g. emotional and/or behavioural issues.