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Speech and language Therapy

Meet the Dóchas Speech and Language Therapist

 Róisín Burke

 Speech and Language Therapist

Róisín is a Mid-West native, born in Meelick and raised in Castletroy.  She graduated from UL with a first-class honour in Clinical Speech and Language Therapy.  Since then, she has worked in Primary Care, Early Intervention, and School-Age Disability services, providing support to children with a wide range of communication needs, and to their families.

Róisín ran the Dóchas Speech and Language Therapy Service in partnership with the University of Limerick.  She is delighted to have the opportunity to continue to offer affordable speech and language therapy to children and families across the Mid-West through her work with Dóchas Midwest Autism Support (Mon-Fri 9:00-16:00) and Thomond Speech and Language Therapy (Mon-Fri at 18:00, & Sat at 9:00, 12:00, and 15:00).

Róisín is passionate about providing evidence-based, family-centred care.  She has trained in Hanen More Than Words (MTW) and It Takes Two To Talk (ITTTT), Attention Autism, Lámh, Floortime, and PECS.

To make a booking, please contact or 061 405923 extension 4.



Art Therapy

Art therapy promotes mental and emotional growth through art making. Unlike art instruction, art therapy is conducted with the aim of building life skills, addressing deficits and problem behaviours, and promoting healthy self-expression. Participants are encouraged to explore and express themselves using art materials; crafting attractive artwork is not the goal (though it may be a happy by-product).

Why is Art Therapy beneficial to children with autism?

  • Offers a visual communication
  • Easy way to help resolve conflicts they cannot verbally express
  • Reduces Stress
  • Helps with imaging and thinking symbolically
  • Improves the ability to recognize (and respond) to facial expressions
  • Helps with Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness
  • Can be used to help with Sensory Processing Issues
  • Improves fine motor skills

School Visits

We are also here to facilitate schools with school outings where groups can come and use the facilities within our centre during term time. If your school is interested in booking a visit, please email or call 061-405 923 for any questions you may have on the process.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Dóchas Midwest Autism Support was established by parents in 1997 in response to the need for an organisation to represent the needs of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Mid-West region. The charity supports children, young adults and their families.

14 Parnell Street, Limerick