Aoife founded Sparking Speech in 2020 with the intention of creating a Speech & Language Therapy practice that provides high quality assessment and evidence-based intervention. Aoife believes in a child-centred approach that allows each child to reach their potential.


Since qualifying in 2012, Aoife has gained a wide range of experience working for the NHS in England and in a private capacity in Ireland. She has worked across a variety of settings including community health clinics, primary schools, private clinics and early years settings. An expert in her field, Aoife has worked with children and teenagers with a diverse range of communication needs including:

  • Selective Mutism
  • Autism
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Language Delay/Late Talkers
  • Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
  • Delayed & Disordered Speech Sound Development
  • Down Syndrome & Other Chromosomal Disorders

Qualifications & Professional Development

Aoife graduated from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy in 2012.

Aoife is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attends seminars and training courses. These have included:

  • Hanen Certified – More Than Words & It Takes Two To Talk
  • Natural Language Acquisition (NLA)Trained Therapist (Meaningful Speech)
  • Goal Writing for Autistic Students
  • Attention Autism
  • Makaton
  • Shape Coding
  • Maggie Johnson Selective Mutism Course (Modules 1-4)
  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) e.g. PODD, LAMP, Proloquo2Go, Grid, SnapCore
  • Assessing Minimally Verbal Children with Suspected Apraxia
  • Autism Conferences e.g. The Autism Show, Tony Attwood Talks Autism Seminar
  • Language & Literacy: Difficulties & Intervention
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)