I’m Faye Godsell, a Speech and Language Therapist who offers private assessment, intervention, supports to schools and autism units as well as offerring parent training workshops and consultation work to the HSE. I am a current committee member of the Independent Speech Therapist of Ireland (ISTI). I am also a mummy of two young boys.
I graduated with a BSc in Speech and Language Pathology, from Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh, in 2003. Since then I have been working with children, of all ages, who present with a wide variety of speech, language and social difficulties. I began my career providing supports to teachers and SNA’s in a school for children with a diagnosis of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as part of a CAMHs Team, in Dublin. The sea and the mountains drew me back to Sligo where I began work for the HSE Early Intervention Team, playing a key role in establishing this team alongside my esteemed colleagues.
On the journey for a more balanced life for myself and my family, I set up my private practice in 2011 and feel so blessed to now work in this role, supporting children and their families, in a space where we can work at a pace that is needed for each individual family. I have a particular passion for supporting children by taking the time to listen to their individual stories and understanding their unique personalities and needs. Parents/carers are seen as an essential part of their child’s assessment and intervention. It is my role to support parents to understand their child’s communication needs and how to support them at home in everyday life. I know I have done a good job when parents feel confident and in control of their children’s speech and language therapy.
My love of my job, training and experience over the years lead me in the direction of working with all children, particularly those with speech and/or language delays, intellectual disabilities, attention and social difficulties and those that are on the Autism Spectrum. I have been part of an Autistic Spectrum Diagnostic Team throughout my career in the HSE and I am delighted to continue that role in private practice.
I am a full member of CORU, the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and am also a current committee member of the Independent Speech and Language Therapists of Ireland (ISTI).
I take the continuation of professional development very seriously and actively participate in regular training events, journal clubs, peer supervision and reading of research articles and books that are relevant to the service I provide.
Below is a list of some of the specific training I have undertaken:
- Hanen ‘It takes two to talk’ ‘More Than Words, and the ‘Target Word’ parent programmes
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs)
- Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS)
- The Derbyshire Language Scheme
- Talk Tools
- Family Learning
- Shape Coding
- Fun with Fluency
I have also trained, worked and attended seminars in areas such as:
- Sensory Integration
- Parents Plus
- Orofacial Regulation
- The 10th Down Syndrome World Congress
- Solution focused therapy
- The Michael Palin Stammering Approach
I am currently based in Sligo town, in clinic, alongside the wonderful Dr. Julie Meehan (Clinical Psychologist, Strategic intervention Life Coach and workshop facilitator) and Dr. Sinead McNamara (G.P.).