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.
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.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.
Caoimhe is our occupational therapist. Caoimhe'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.
Bernadette Mee is our speech and language therapist. Bernadette's caseload consists of children with varying diagnosis including autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, language disorders, speech sound disorders and stammering. Bernadette's role is to assess and provide 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. Bernadette has gained experience working with children of all ages and various special needs during her time in university and since graduating, she thoroughly enjoys working as a speech and language therapist.
Janette Casey is our resident qualified accredited Psychotherapist, with a post graduate diploma in Play Therapy. Janette’s caseload consists of working therapeutically with all young children from 3 years of age with emotional and behavioural difficulties (e.g. mutism, anger, communication difficulties, social exclusion etc.) in a non-direct way, to produce a natural positive outcome. Janette’s work involves a more directive approach with teenagers who are experiencing distress, depression, exclusion, bereavement, anxiety etc. this work involves a combination of behavioural therapy (PBT) and counselling. Adults are also supported within our facility through our parent support system and counselling. All interventions are evidence based within this department and are outcomes focused. Janette is also a clinical supervisor to junior play therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists. She strictly adheres to ethical codes of practice - including clinical supervision, CPD (continued professional development) and clinical governance and abides by Ireland’s child protection guidelines – ‘Children First’ This department is externally audited annually.