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Ms Aine Kearns

BSc, PG Dip

Biography

                      

Qualifications: BSc Speech and Language Therapy (University of Ulster, UK) , MSc Clinical Therapies (UL, Ireland).


Profile: Áine has worked in a variety of settings in Ireland and New Zealand with paediatric and adult caseloads.  Her clinical areas of interest are adult acquired neurological communication disorders, Stroke Care and the assessment and management of feeding, eating drinking and swallowing disorders in adults.

Clinical Experience:  After graduating from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Áine initially worked as a speech and language therapist with a mixed paediatric and adult caseload.  Since then she has worked as part of a community rehabilitation team, and within an acute hospital setting.  She also worked as part of a stroke service team providing assessment and management of communication and feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties in the acute stage of stroke. She has completed formal training in videofluoroscopic analysis of swallowing, LSVT Loud and principles of supported conversation.

Professional Membership:  Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists

                  

Research Interests

                      

Research interests in Use of Technology in Aphasia Rehabilitation, Attitudes to aphasia, Supported Conversation Training for Students and Health Professionals and Student-led placement experiences.

                      

Teaching Interests

                      

Teaching interests include Clinical education; Principles of supported conversation; Management of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) disorders; and neuroplasticity and dysphagia.