Best practice guidelines for speech therapy for children and young people living with disabilities and neurodiversity


Research Area:

Disability; neurodiversity

What is the research about?

Many children and young people living with disabilities and neurodiversity access speech therapy through Children’s Disability Network Teams. There have been many issues reported in terms of access to therapy and types of therapy offered. The aim of this research is to develop best practice intervention guidelines, informed by international evidence, expert speech therapy opinion and opinions of service-users.

Opportunity for:

Parent or carer

Involvement Opportunity Details


Time commitment:

Attend maximum of three 1-hour online meeting between April – December 2024

Contact between meetings:

In between meetings Noreen (the lead researcher) will be developing a grant application for a HRB Applied Partnership Award. Insights from PPI meetings will be integrated into this application and Noreen will provide monthly email updates, including relevant sections of the application for PPI collaborators to review if they wish provide feedback.

Length of involvement:

The initial involvement will be over 9 months. If the grant application is successful involvement could last up to 2 years

Start date for involvement:





If online, explain how:

Teams, Zoom or FaceTime - we can decide what best suits for each person

If in person, explain where:

Not applicable

Other ways of communicating:

The researcher is happy to use phone/video calls or voice notes for communication

Funding available for:

PPI contributor’s time

If no funding available, explain why:

Not applicable

Other Information

Stage of the research study/ programme:

Early planning

Is this opportunity for PPI in a PhD:


Closing date to contact researchers:


Research Team

Contact person:

Dr Noreen O'Leary


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Contact email:

Researcher background:

Speech & Language Therapist

Research funder:

No research funder at present; grant application is for Health Research Board funding


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