We were extremely impressed with the excellent therapy Aoife worked on with Joshua. She has suggested and helped him with many targets and strategies to help him extend his skills to work towards being an independent young man. We found Aoife to be a very friendly, approachable and helpful young lady who took a genuine interest and great understanding of our profoundly deaf son.

Alison – Mum of Joshua (17)

I can confirm that I have known Aoife Tierney for nearly 3 years in a professional capacity. We have always found her to be a very hard-working and valuable member of our team.  Aoife is highly organised, has great communication skills and I have always been very impressed with the way that she has approached work.  Aoife has used her initiative and become involved in projects to support the work that we are doing in school. She has often suggested useful ideas for ways to improve the way that we support children with speech and language difficulties and has engaged successfully with staff and parents alike.

I highly recommend Aoife as a Speech and Language Therapist and I’m sure that she would be a great asset for any workplace.

Mrs. Vicky Atkinson – Assistant Headteacher/Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Farfield Primary & Nursery School

The work Aoife has been doing since September 2013, when I started working here, has been extremely effective. The children have made better than expected progress, as recorded in their EYFS profiles: Listening, Understanding and Speaking. She has made excellent relationships with parents and children in a highly professional way.

The children’s key people, who attend Aoife’s sessions with their key children, have benefitted hugely from observing her work. They have been able to continue to re-enforce the work throughout the week, as well as use the techniques, learned from watching and discussion with Aoife to benefit other children in their care.

As a teacher, with 37 years’ experience (10 of these as a SENCo), as well as having been involved in teacher and practitioner training over the past 5 years, I would like to say that I have never seen a more effective model of external expert involvement with children who have speech and language difficulties, than that being practiced in Canterbury Nursery by Aoife. I am very grateful for the skills and techniques I have learned from her, as are the other teachers and practitioners at Canterbury. The value that she has added to children’s lives by helping the children to gain the gift of speech and ability to express themselves cannot be over stated. As the children learn to express their needs they become less frustrated, which impacts hugely in the area of behaviour management for their parents. I know that the parents of the children who Aoife has worked hugely appreciate her work, which has been life-changing for them too.

Mrs. Jill Wallis BSc PGCE SENCo at Canterbury Children’s Centre