At SpeechMatters, we offer consultation and training support to childcare workers, educators, families, and all staff who work with people with communication needs.
Jonathon Linklater trained to be a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) at the University of Sheffield, and qualified in 2002. Prior to that he studied English Language and Linguistics MA (hons) at the University of Edinburgh. Since qualifying he worked for the Health Service Executive (HSE) with children who have a wide range of communication disorders from speech and language delays to physical, sensory and learning disability.
Jonathon, who stutters himself, established the HSE Dublin Adult Stuttering (DAS) course in 2005. He has presented at international conferences on this therapy approach for stuttering. Jonathon re-established the Stuttering Special Interest Group for SLTs.
Jonathon is chair of IASLT's website committee and is a member of IASLT Council.Â He has been involved with the Irish Stammering Association since 2003 and is currently Development Manager for the charity working with self-help and parent supports as well as groups for young people who stammer - young ISA and ISAYiT! drama groups.
Since completing the European Clinical Specialism in Fluency Disorders in 2009, Jonathon is undertaking PhD research at the University of Limerick with guidance from the TCD's School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies.
Aisling Keogh qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from the University of Essex, Colchester, England. She has worked in both the private and public sector. Aisling is experienced in working with adults and children with communication delays and disorders such as; stuttering, specific speech and language delays and disorders, dysphonia (hoarse voice), autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. As a certified Hanen 'It Takes Two to Talk' clinician, and Elklan Tutor, Aisling has delivered individual and group training sessions to teachers and childcare workers in schools, montessories, playschools and the home, to help them support children with specific speech, language and communication needs, to enhance communication. As a dysphagia trained clinician, Aisling has also worked with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders.
Aisling is qualified as a Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) Clinician and delivers voice training to clients with a range of voice disorders including Parkinson's Disease. She has also worked with adults and children with intellectual disabilities, and acquired communication disorders including Parkinson's Disease and provides training to teachers on voice care. In 2014 Aisling qualified as a European Clinical Specialist in Fluency Disorders . She continues to work closely with the Irish Stammering Association and works with a wide range of people who stutter. Aisling co-founded SpeechMatters with Jonathon in 2011.