Jessica is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist hailing from Ireland. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from the prestigious Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in 2015. After completing her degree, Jessica relocated to the UAE to commence her clinical career. From 2015 to 2021, she held a vital role at a school-based centre for People of Determination, serving a diverse clientele from 3 to 21 years old. During her tenure, Jessica assessed and treated individuals with numerous clinical conditions, including Hearing Impairments, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Down Syndrome Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Global Developmental Delay.
In June 2021, Jessica furthered her education by acquiring a Master in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland. She is under supervision, preparing to achieve her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Her career ambition is to merge her two areas of expertise by becoming a dual-certified SaLT-BCBA.
Jessica firmly espouses working with parents and families outside the clinical setting to maximize therapy outcomes. She prioritizes setting goals that are not only achievable and functional but also imbued with personal significance for every child she works with. She finds fulfilment in her profession by assisting children in forming friendships, facilitating communication with loved ones, and aiding their academic advancement.
Remembered fondly from her previous position: Jessica served as a Speech and Language Therapist at the Safe Center for Autism in Dubai.
Her clinical areas of specialization:
- Language disorders
- Speech (articulation) disorders
- Developmental delays
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices: Proloquo2Go, LAMP Words for Life, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Down Syndrome Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Early intervention for speech and language delays (children 0-3)
- Speech and language intervention for intellectually disabled children, adolescents and young adults
- The link between communication and behavioral challenges