‘'The Practical Nua Programme
Practical Speech and Language Therapy Ltd. is currently in the
process of research and development of ‘The Practical Nua Programme ©’
in conjunction with the University of Ulster.
(June 2007 to date)
The focus of the programme is within the areas of vocal volume, vocal rate,
pitch and tone and is being used with children with Down's Syndrome, Autism and
Asperger's, children presenting with ADHD and is also being used with children
and adults presenting with stammering and voice disorders.
The results of the
programme, which has been evolving since 2005, has been very exciting and the
hope is that it will soon be leading the way in this mostly forgotten area
within Speech and Language Therapy, opening the way to further research and
development of this crucial area of social communication.
Funding has so far
been accessed from the HEIF Northern Ireland for Phase One and from Enterprise
Ireland for Phase Two which enabled Practical Speech and Language Therapy Ltd.
in partnership with the University of Ulster to create the first protype of the
programme for the worldwide market for children and adults. R&D is
continuing to bring this product to market.
The first group of parents attended training in ‘The Practical Nua Programme ©’ 2009 in Dublin and follow up therapy was provided for each child. The successes
and achievements of all the parents and children involved has been remarkable
and the programme is continuing for each child.
The first adult client who attended for a block of therapy for cluttering- very
rapid pace of speech, over a 6 month period has recently been discharged
following a 3 month review. This adult has been the first adult to be seen,
using the ‘The Practical Nua Programme ©’ as the main therapy tool.
Practical Speech and Language Therapy Ltd. looks forward to keeping you
updated on the R&D of ‘The Practical Nua Programme ©’.