Group SLT Services


Group Speech and Language Therapy Services 


Group Sessions

Throughout the year Aoife and Gráinne run various Speech and Language Therapy groups including:

  • Parent-Child Interaction course
  • Pre-teen group
  • Story Telling Groups (Narrative)
  • Social skills groups
  • Seasonal workshops

They also provide support with Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Skills.


Stepping Stones – Play and Learn Group


Our Speech and Language Therapists Aoife and Grainne are now running a fun play-based group specifically aimed at children aged between 1 – 3 years and their parents/carers.


What to expect: This group will focus on practical strategies for supporting early interaction skills and early speech and language skills in a fun and motivating way. Each week they will introduce a core communication strategy, and you will have the chance to put it into practice during play time with your child. The group will finish with a circle time, using song based activities aimed at supporting attention and listening, early speech sound development, turn taking and language skills.


This group will run for 6 sessions from 10.30 am – 11.30 am on the following dates;

  • Wed 6th March 2019
  • Wed 20th March 2019
  • Wed 3rd April 2019
  • Wed 1st May 2019
  • Wed 15th May 2019
  • Wed 29th May 2019

Please contact us at or the Down Syndrome Centre 01-6618000 to register your interest or to discuss the group further.

Please note places are limited.


Primary School Age Groups


Narrative (Story Telling) Group


Who is this group for?

This group is suitable for children aged between 9 – 12 years, who would benefit from support with telling their personal news, retelling fictional stories, and engaging in conversations with peers.


What to expect:

These sessions will target language skills and conversation skills required for telling stories. The sessions are run by 2 Speech and Language Therapists, and may have up to 6 children attending. Parents are asked to wait in our family room during the session. The therapists will provide activities for home.


During the sessions we will target skills such as:

– Auditory memory and recall

– Using “Active Listening” Skills

– Asking questions (Using “Wh” questions – “Who?” “What happened?” “Where?”

– Sequencing skills (First, next and last)

– Using a “beginning”, “middle” and “end” when retelling a story


Please note the targets will be altered based on the needs of the children in the group.



Language is vital for a child’s cognitive (mental) and social development. The use of signs in early years will help children to progress and relieves frustration and for most children signs are used as a bridge to talking.

Throughout the year, we run Lámh Courses for Family Members, Special Needs Assistants and Teaching Staff. To register your interest in our next course please email or call 01 661 8000.


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