Assessment Services for organisations
Our clinician-led assessment and intervention service
comprises psychologists, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists
and physiotherapists. Services are available to both children and adults across Ireland.
Our multi-disciplinary team works collaboratively,
sharing information and discussing each case, to reach consensus conclusions.
As part of our clinical governance we review assessment reports to
ensure consistency and clarity for each individual case.
We are responsive to the requirements of our clients, and sensitive to the needs of
individuals and their families during the assessment process.
Our reports are comprehensive: as well as standardised scores and interpretation
we include practical recommendations to bridge the gap between
assessment and accessing services.
If needed, we can take care of the entire case lifecycle - contact; booking of appointments;
DNA handling; and post-assessment questions from families and other professionals.
Our team is accustomed to working with translators where needed.
AON - Full Population
Since 2013, we've provided AON assessments for seventy individuals a month in
an urban, multi-ethnic area with some socially deprived or vulnerable families.
We cover the full population: the majority of individuals require psychology, speech & language and occupational
therapy assessments; some also require physiotherapy assessments or autism diagnostic assessments.
Due to the size and nature of the work we have daily contact with our client to report progress
and discuss cases of concern. We handle day-to-day coordination of assessments and bookings ourselves.
We pride ourselves on our effectiveness, sensitivity, and ability to help families make sense of their child's needs.
AON - Complex Cases
Since March 2014 we've provided AON assessments for about twenty complex individuals a month for a HSE client
who performs the majority of AON assessments in house.
The individuals typically require psychology, speech & language; occupational and autism-diagnostic assessments.
Our client requires a high degree of differential diagnosis due to the complex presentation and multiple needs
of the individuals. For this contract, our workflow integrates the client's
existing governance process.
By working in this way, the client benefits from our specialism in autism diagnosis, while
each individual is accurately assessed so that they can be referred to the appropriate services.
Primary Care Psychology
We provide support to a primary care service in a rural area.
The work comes in bursts of thirty individuals at a time to be completed within two months for resource deadlines.
Individuals typically require psychology and autism-diagnostic assessments.
The client uses us to ameliorate staff shortages caused by maternity leave and structural difficulties.
By doing so, each individual is assessed within the deadline, which ensures they have an opportunity to access resources.
What to do next
We have a proven track record and are able to provide references from existing clients.
The first step is to talk with us to determine what you require, and then
we'll go from there.
Led by Caroline Winstanley, our team
comprises experienced professionals of four disciplines, some of whom
have a special interest in working with individuals on the autistic spectrum.
Dr. Suzanne Foley Clinical Psychologist
I began my psychology career by completing my undergraduate in Psychology at UCD,
followed by my MSc. in Applied Psychology at the University of Ulster. Subsequently I
worked in the UK for five years. I worked as Assistant Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Royal Liverpool NHS Trust; and
in the Learning Disabilities Service, Pennine Care NHS Trust. I also worked as Research
Assistant in the Department of Mental Health (Addictive Behaviour), St George's, University
of London, and in the Department of Psychiatry (Autism Research Group), University of
Oxford. I returned to Ireland to completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at NUI,
Galway. Since then I worked for IAA conducting ASD assessments and the HSE completing
Assessments of Needs.
Currently I work with a voluntary agency providing groups for adults
and continue to stay involved in working with young children with an ASD diagnosis and their
Dr. Kaj Gohil Clinical and Community Psychologist
I hold a Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology, having trained at the University
of Exeter, UK. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience of working in specialist autism
diagnostic services across both the public and private sector. I have extensive experience
of working therapeutically with individuals and their families affected by autistic spectrum
conditions. I am also able to offer training and consultation to professionals. I am registered
with the HCPC. I am also a member of the
British Psychological Society ;
The Division of Clinical Psychology;
The Faculty for Race and Culture;
and the Networking Community of Psychologists in Independent Practice.
The approaches which I apply to my practice include narrative therapy, social inequalities
and a community psychology perspective. I am very interested in developing animal assisted
therapy which I would like to apply to my practice in the future.
Emma Twohig Speech & Language Therapist
I am fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist with current membership of the Irish
Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT). I graduated from University College
Cork with a BA in English and Psychology. I then continued my studies as a mature student and
graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy from City University
I have extensive experience with a wide variety of clinical populations and
diagnoses. I worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a school for intellectual disabilities in
Wicklow. In this position I worked in early services, preschools and with school aged children. I
provided assessment, intervention and support to the clients, their families and their teachers. This
role also gave me the opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of Autism and the
methodology of ABA.
Currently I combine my work in a school
for children with Autism with some individual sessions in a child’s own home.
I have been trained in the use of Lámh and PECS.
I am also familiar with some high tech
communication systems. Additionally, I've attended a Michael Palin
course for older children, teenagers and adults who stammer.