Therapists

Ann Norton manages the Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic on a voluntary basis. She is a mother of 3 and her oldest daughter Nicole has Cerebral Palsy. Ann is also a Reflexolgist with over 16 years experience and provides 10 hours per week of reflexology to children attending the clinic. Ann is also involved in various fund-raising projects and has done so since the inception of the charity. If you are planning on organising a fund-raising event for the Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic, please contact 0656896015 or theclarecrusaders [at] gmail [dot] com beforehand to have all details centrally available.

Ellen Shaw is our Physiotherapist. Her caseload consists of children with Developmental Coordination Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Physiotherapy aims to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability. Ellen provides effective, evidence based interventions which are individually tailored to each child. She works closely with the multidisciplinary team at Clare Crusaders to ensure each child receives comprehensive treatment and care. 

Sonja Wolski is our occupational therapist. Sonja's caseload consists of children with varying diagnosis including autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental coordination disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Her role is to assess and collaboratively set therapeutic goals with each child and to subsequently provide effective interventions which will facilitate each child to achieve their goals. She has gained experience working with children of all ages and various special needs during university and since graduating from university and thoroughly enjoys working as a paediatric occupational therapist.

Aoiffe Lynch is our Special Education Teacher and graduated with a B.A degree in Montessori Education from St. Nicholas Montessori College in 2008. Her degree enables her to teach children up to 12 years of age. As part of her training Aoiffe has gained an extensive knowledge in many aspects of Montessori Education including Montessori Theory, Methodology, Psychology and Special Education. Aoiffe’s caseload consists primarily of children with the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities or learning delays, Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome. Part of her role is to improve the child’s cognitive functions, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and to help concentration. Aoiffe works closely with the rest of the multi-disciplinary team to provide suitable learning strategies that suit the needs of each individual child. Aoiffe has completed Children’s First child protection and Welfare Issues course during her Montessori training. Aoiffe is also a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland.