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Cork Team

Cork Clinic

Julie O’Sullivan – Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Clinical Manager

Julie is a graduate of Dublin University, Trinity College, with over 20 years experience of working with children in Ireland, UK and Canada.  Julie has extensive training in Sensory Integration which is employed as the principle frame of reference within all of the clinics nationwide. Julie is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and has recently completed her masters in Sensory Integration – Theory and Practice, one of only a handful of therapists in Ireland with this award. and is also qualified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).

Julie has also been certified as a Bobath (NDT) therapist and has extensive experience with treating children with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological conditions.

In addition, Julie administers the ADOS diagnostic for Autism for toddlers and older children as part of a multi-disciplinary team assessment.

Julie is passionate about delivering the best possible service for children and their families and in further developing the awareness and effectiveness of early intervention when working with children with a range of developmental needs.

Relevant training

  • Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner
  • Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT)
  • Bobath (NDT) Practitioner
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Therapeutic Listening Programme – certified practitioner
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • Trained in DIR floortime
  • Trained in Sensory Modulation and Regulation intervention with adults (Tina Champagne)
  • Astronaut Training Programme

Julie is based in the Cork clinic and also visits the other clinics on a regular basis.  It is incredibly important that Occupational Therapists, similar to other health professionals, are provided with access to Senior expertise for guidance and validation in dealing with new situations and client needs.  We believe that The Sunflower Clinic is unique in this regard in Ireland within the Occupational Therapy profession and we value and support our teams around the country.

In 2018, Julie was invited to be a key speaker at the Autism Ireland conference in Cork, where she gave a talk on Sensory Integration and Autism to over 600 people.

Juanita O’Reagan – Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Juanita graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2006 with a Bsc (Hon) O.T.   She has over 12 years’ experience working in the field of Paediatrics and has worked for a number of services including private practice, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and CoAction. While in CoAction, Juanita was employed as the Head of Service for the Occupational Therapy Department for all of West Cork. As part of her clinical role she worked as a member of the Progressive Disability team in Clonakilty and provided an OT service for children presenting with complex developmental needs.  Additionally, she was involved in caseload management, service management, risk assessment and supervision of Basic Grade therapists. Juanita has a keen interest in continuing professional development and has undergone training in Sensory Integration, Visual Perception, SOS feeding, DIR floortime and ABLE training for relation based brief interventions. Juanita has a special interest in providing early intervention for children presenting with complex developmental needs and has extensive experience in this area.  Juanita has completed her training for the ADOS-2 assessment and is part of our growing Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Juanita works Tuesday-Thursday 7:30- 18:00 in the Cork Clinic.


Emma Healy- Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Emma graduated from UCC in 2013 with an Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy. Emma has worked for a number of healthcare services, where she gained valuable experience assessing and managing busy caseloads. She has also volunteered as an Occupational Therapist in orphanages in Belarus, working with children with a variety of different needs, including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and ASD. Emma completed the Handwriting Without Tears training course, which is implemented in our handwriting groups.  Since joining The Sunflower Clinic in January 2017, Emma has completed Sensory Integration: Module 1, as well as ADOS-2 training and now works as part of our multidisciplinary team, assessing for ASD. Emma has a special interest in working with younger children and ran a popular Get Ready for School summer camp in August 2018.  Emma is also involved in the leading and organising of Social Skills groups and ASD Summer Camps within the clinic.


Nicola O’Donoghue – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Nicola joined the Cork clinic in September 2018 and has quickly established herself as a favourite with children and parents alike.  Nicola graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from University Limerick after initially completing a degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies in University College Cork.  Nicola has organised and run a number of groups in Cork including a Social Skills group for under 7’s and has also assisted in a number of summer camps.  Nicola completed a number of placements when studying for her Masters including time spent in Enable Ireland as part of a multi-disciplinary team working with the Early Services and School-aged teams for children aged 3 up to 12 years of age.


Muireann O’Connor – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Muireann joined the Sunflower Clinic in 2017 and initially headed up our Kerry service, before moving to Cork this year.  Muireann graduated from UCC with an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy and spent time with the Cork clinic whilst on placement.  Muireann has a special love of working with younger children and  has completed Sensory Integration Trialing Module level 1 and is currently working as part of our younger years team in Cork.  Muireann has developed a very good working network of teachers and principals in schools in West Cork and is our main liaison for this area.


Shauna Sheehan – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Shauna joined our team in 2019 and is based in Kerry 4 days and Cork 1 day per week.  Shauna graduated from University College Cork with a BSc. in Occupational Therapy in 2015.  She moved to the UK and worked with the Royal Free Hospital NHS in North London with a team working with children aged 4 – 19 years old.  Shauna also spent time as a school-based OT and completed a number of training courses including Introduction to Sensory Integration, Postural Care Workshop, and a three day course on Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues.


Donna Creedon – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Donna has joined the Cork team having spent 2 years at Enable Ireland where she managed a caseload of children presenting with a primary diagnosis off physical disability.  Donna graduated from UCC in 2016 with a BSc. Occupational Therapy and has completed module 1 of Sensory Integration.  Donna’s experience of working with children on a day-to-day basis has allowed her to seamlessly add to the clinical team in Cork, where she has quickly established herself as very popular with parents and children.


Elaine Hourihane – Senior Eductaional Psychologist

B.A. Applied Psychology, H. Dip. Ed. (Primary), M.A. Ed. Psych.

Elaine graduated from UCC with a degree in Applied Psychology and then went on to complete her H.Dip and Masters in Educational Psychology at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.  Elaine has worked as a primary school substitute teacher, a Learning Support and Resource Teacher for a school in Cork and now works part time for a Cork charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team dealing with children with a range of developmental needs including those on the ASD spectrum.  Elaine has completed the training for the ASD-specific assessments ADOS-2, ADI-R and also the Griffths Mental developmental scales.


Dr. Elaine Killowry – Educational Psychologist

University of Limerick, B.A. Psychology & Sociology, University of Bristol, PHd. in Educational Psychology, D. Ed. Psych.

Elaine has recently joined the Sunflower Clinic in Cork after spending several years abroad in the UAE. Whilst there, she spent time as a Kindergarten/Primary Teacher before returning to the UK to work for Educational Psychology Service in Bristol. Elaine then worked in Ireland for NEPS for two years, completeing her Doctorate and retruning to the UAE, where she spent three years working for a private organisation as an Educational Psychologist carying out the assessment of children and young people (including cognitive, learning, social-emotional, behavioural, developmental), formulating appropriate interventions based on individual need and conducting individual therapeutic work with children and young people. Elaine brings a wealth of knowlege and experience to the clinical team in Cork.


Aileen O’Brien – Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Aileen is a Senior Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who has recently joined the Sunflower Clinic team. Since graduating from University College Cork in 2009, she has worked in a variety of paediatric settings including preschools, schools, private practice and disability services in Ireland and Australia.  Aileen has extensive experience helping children develop their language and social interaction skills, and is passionate about doing so using naturalistic, relationship-based approaches such as DIR Floortime therapy in her work. She has undergone training in the ‘Hanen – More Than Words’ language program, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding.

Aileen is also trained in ‘1 2 3 Magic and Emotional Coaching’, an approach which provides parents with strategies they can use to encourage positive behaviour as well as manage challenging behaviour.  Aileen has completed the ADOS-2 training programme in TCD and has over  6 years’ experience of working with children on the ASD spectrum.  Aileen feels strongly about working with families and empowering parents to best understand their child’s development, so that they can feel confident about how to help their child at home.


Yvonne Carey – Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Yvonne is a Senior Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from City University, London in 2013, where she was awarded an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy with distinction. She is passionate about working with children and their families and has a broad range of experience working in a variety of paediatric settings, including clinics, nurseries and mainstream schools as well as a special school for children and young people with Autism and a resource base for Deaf pre-school children. She specialises in working with the Early Years population of under 6’s with a variety of speech and language disorders and other communication difficulties as well as working with children in the specialist clinical areas of Autism, Hearing Impairment and Deafness. Additionally qualified and experienced as a secondary school teacher, she has also worked with older children with additional needs in mainstream school settings.

Yvonne has completed training in the Family Partnership Model, the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy approach, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Gina Davies Attention Autism Programme, The SCERTS Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports) widely implemented for children with ASD.  She has trained in sign systems including British Sign Language and Lamh Module 1.  She is also trained to administer the ADOS diagnostic for Autism for children as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Yvonne is committed to empowering families and maximising the potential of every child.


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