PALS is a small family business that has been in operation for more than ten years. During this period we have provided our services to a wide range of clients. These clients have included parents, students, schools, Vocational Educational Committees (Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, etc.), National Educational Psychology Services (NEPS) and recently the North Tipperary Leadership Partnership. While the majority of our cluients are in the Munster area, we do operate a nationwide service. We have established good working relationships with our clients over this period, and we hope that the future will see these relationships continue to grow and strengthen.
Psychologists working with PALS hold postgraduate qualifications in psychology related fields and are graduate members of both the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). They are on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use with the BPS, hold Level A Certificates of Competence in Educational Testing as well as Assessment and Access Arrangements qualifications as credited by the Approved Joint Council for Qualifications and the BPS . They hold affiliate membership with the Division of Educational Psychology at the Psychological Society of Ireland, meaning their work in the area of Educational Psychology is recognised by the Division.
Jason Greenford B.A.; M.Ed.; B.Sc (Psych); M.Sc (Psych)
Jason Greenford has a Masters’ degree in both psychology and education, and is a registered Educational Psychologist with the UK’s HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council), the governing body for health care professionals in the UK. He has been involved with the assessment and diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities in schools and privately since 2008, and is on the SCPA panel of psychologists to provide assessment and reports in schools for the DES. His work also covers the assessment of Comprehensive Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, and recently this has included Autism. Jason has presented talks and information for both teachers and parents on dyslexia, and provided in school training on the use and interpretation of psychological reports to form Individual Education Plan’s for students experiencing difficulties. Jason has also received specific training for administration of the 3di (the developmental, dimensional and diagnostic interview), a gold standard ASD diagnostic instrument.
Clinton Greenford BSc (Psych), MSc (PRM)
Clinton is a Psychologist whose main area of expertise lies in educational and vocational assessments as well as psychological research methods. His previous research has examined reading difficulties and possible associated emotional and behavioural difficulties. Previous experience includes administration of [psychological assessments, involvement in team ASD assessments, and the planning and implementing of specialized dyslexia teaching plans. Currently Clinton is responsible for the coordination of assessments and research for PALS, and is the first contact for our clients, and he is also involved in the more comprehensive behavioural and emotional assessments. Clinton has also received specific training for administration of the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), a gold standard ASD diagnostic instrument.
Frances O’Brien MSC, BSc, RN
Frances is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist. Her private consultancy work with PALS involves Speech and Language assessments and is also involved in team assessments for ASD. Her website is http://www.speechandlanguageclinic.ie/ .
Frances holds a Master’s Degree in Speech & Language Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her work experience includes eight years in the area of Early Intervention where she worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. She has worked with children with a wide range of communication difficulties, including children with special needs e.g. Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Down Syndrome.
Throughout her career, Frances has undertaken additional specialised training to enhance the communication needs of children with special needs including the following:
- Lamh (Irish Sign Language)
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
- Nuffield Apraxia Programme
- Sensory Integration
- Michael Palin stammering intervention
- Hanen Language Development Programmes