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.
Anél Wiese is our physiotherapist registered with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the Health Professionals Council of South Africa and she is a member of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Paediatrics. She qualified at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town South Africa and gained valuable experience working in the public health sector as well as doing locum work in various private clinics. Due to her extensive training in paediatric neurology and working experience in this field, she joined the Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic early in 2008. All her children are individually assessed and treated according to scientific evidence based practice. Anél works closely with parents / primary caregivers as well as the rest of the multidisciplinary team employed by the Clinic to ensure comprehensive and effective treatment on a regular basis.
Mary Frawley is our occupational therapist. Mary qualified in June 2008 with an honours occupational therapy degree (BSc Hons occupational therapy) from the University College Cork (UCC).
Mary’s caseload consists primarily of children with the diagnosis of 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.
Mary is registered with the Department of Health and Children and is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. She has gained experience working with children of all ages and various special needs 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.
Clare is a Speech and Language Therapist. She qualified with a Masters in Speech and Language from the University of Limerick.
Clare's caseload consists mainly of children with a diagnosis for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, speech sound disorders (e.g. apraxia, phondogical disorders), langugage impairments (language delays, specific language impairments).
Clare has additional training in PECS, Derbyshire Language Scheme, Hanen and LSUT.
Clare is a member of IASLT.
Kate is a Speech and Language Therapist. She qualified with a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from University of Limerick.
Kate works with children with a wide range of difficulties including Down Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, speech sound disorders, language impairments, ADHD and intellectual disabilities.
Kate has additional training including PECS, Làmh, Hanen, Derbyshire Language Scheme, Elklan and Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children who stammer.
Kate is a member of IASLT and RCSLT.