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Niamh Ward
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Niamh is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist on the Cleft Lip and Palate Team based in Galway University Hospital. Niamh specialised in working with children with complex speech sound disorders early in her career and this passion for working to support people with speech sound differences led her to working as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within the Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate. While working as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within the Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate, Niamh completed an MSc. In Advanced Practice in Speech and Language Therapy. Niamh moved to her current position in 2021. In this role, Niamh is responsible for the assessment and management of children and adults with cleft palate and non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction in the west of Ireland. 

Niamh has combined her clinical role with teaching and training positions for a number of years, accepting a position as Associate Lecturer and Practice Education Facilitator with Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2018. Niamh consolidated her knowledge and skills in teaching in Higher Education through completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. In 2022 Niamh began to work as a lecturer within the Speech and Language Therapy Department of University of Galway. Niamh also helps to organise and contributes to national training days for Speech and Language Therapists interested in developing their skills in supporting children and adults with cleft palate and/or non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction. 

Clinically, Niamh is interested in the use of Telehealth to support the assessment and management of cleft related speech sound disorders. Niamh has presented two papers on this topic at international cleft conferences as well as contributing a chapter on using telehealth to support generalisation to a recently published book.

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