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 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.
Bernadette Mee is our speech and language therapist. She has a degree from Trinity College Dublin and a master’s degree from the University of Limerick. She has nine years’ experience working with a paediatric population and three years’ experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities. As part of her role Bernadette will provide a thorough assessment to establish both your child’s speech, language and communication needs and their strengths. An individualized evidence-based intervention program will be created based on these findings. She works closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team which includes teachers and other therapists both within and outside the clinic as appropriate. She promotes open communication with parents and guardians and works with them to find the right supports for their child.
Kerrin Hickey is our CORU registered Occupational Therapist, specialising in Paediatrics. Kerrin has training in the Handwriting Without Tears Programme (c) and Lámh Module 1.
As an Occupational Therapist, Kerrin focuses on helping children and adolescents complete meaningful activities that occupy their time. This includes supporting her clients to learn, develop, and adapt their skills, to increase their confidence and engagement in the childhood occupational areas of selfcare, education and play. Kerrin works cohesively not only with the team but with the child’s community as a whole; promoting inclusion, awareness and understanding among family members, caregivers and educators. Kerrin uses a child and family centred-approach to guide her planning and seeks creative evidence-based interventions to support her clients. Kerrin has a passion for working with children which is evident in her interactions.
Kerrin has over ten years experience working with the paediatric population, which includes working as an SNA, an AIMs Support Worker, an afterschool club facilitator and she has a Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education.
Emma Spencer is one of the clinic’s Speech and Language Therapists.
Emma graduated with a Masters degree in Speech and Language Therapy from UL in 2018, having previously studied Psychology in NUIG. Emma has undertaken further training in Lamh, PECS and the SCERTS framework.
Emma has professional experience working in school and clinical settings with children with varying needs including Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Apraxia, Fluency Disorders, and Articulation/Phonological Disorders. As a Speech and Language Therapist, Emma works closely with children, their families and their teachers as part of a multidisciplinary team and collaboratively sets goals and develops intervention plans in the form of direct and group therapy.