Nicola Hart

Nicola Hart is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for over 20 years with people who have Down syndrome and their families. She has been working for Down Syndrome Ireland since 2010, first in a local branch, then in a national capacity.
Nicola became full time team leader for the Member Support Team in 2017. She continues to offer advice, training and support as National Speech and Language Advisor and has given up her direct Speech and Language Therapy work with the local branch in Kildare in order to concentrate on her national role.
Nicola believes strongly that research should inform practice, and represents Down Syndrome Ireland annually at the European Down Syndrome Research Forum. She is active in disseminating
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Nicola Hart - Member Support Team Leader

Member Support Team Leader

Nicola Hart is an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who has worked for over 20 years with people who have Down syndrome and their families. She has been working for Down Syndrome Ireland since 2010, first in a local branch, then in a national capacity.
Nicola became full time team leader for the Member Support Team in 2017. She continues to offer advice, training and support as National Speech and Language Advisor and has given up her direct Speech and Language Therapy work with the local branch in Kildare in order to concentrate on her national role.
Nicola believes strongly that research should inform practice, and represents Down Syndrome Ireland annually at the European Down Syndrome Research Forum. She is active in disseminating information from research to families and professionals working with people who have Down syndrome via training, conferences and the Down Syndrome Ireland magazine. She is very interested in the link between spoken and written language in children and adults who have Down syndrome, and is working with Speech and Language Therapist Grainne De Paor on some original research on the impact of adult literacy learning on spoken language.
Nicola is secretary of the Down Syndrome Ireland Special Interest Group for Speech and Language Therapists (DSI SIG). She is a member of the Lámh Research and Development Board, and was involved in developing the concept and content of the award-winning ‘Lámh Time’ app. Nicola is also a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT), and recently co-authored an IASLT position paper on Speech and Language Therapy provision for Children with Intellectual Disabilities.

Nicola can be contacted on (01) 4266500 or be email: nicola@downsyndrome.ie