Local Woman Lorrainne Receives Prestigious Speech and Language Award
Last week Lorrainne McErlean from Lisburn was awarded the Laura Millen Memorial Award from Autism NI for excellence in Speech and Language Therapy.
The award is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and acknowledges and honours exceptional work within the field.
This year’s winner, Lorrainne McErlean, has worked for over 30 years within speech and language therapy and demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to many autism families throughout Northern Ireland. During her career, Lorrainne has had a pivotal role in shaping the direction of services for children with neurodevelopmental conditions including autism. She also led on the development of a document of standards of practice for speech and language therapists working in autism diagnostics. Lorrainne also made a significant contribution to the development of Trust-wide diagnostic clinics for pre-school and school age children and worked tirelessly to reduce long waits for newly formed Autism Assessment Clinics (AAC).
Autism NI CEO, Kerry Boyd said: “The Laura Millen Memorial Award is a very special award. Laura was a member of Autism NI’s Board of Directors and practised as a speech and language therapist working with young individuals with autism and their families.
“To be able to award Lorrainne with this exceptional achievement is wonderful, and I am delighted that the late Laura Millen’s memory and talent is continued to be remembered.
“On behalf of Autism NI, I would like to congratulate Lorrainne and thank her for her dedicated work in the field of autism and speech and language. She now continues to provide high standards of care and assessment in her role as an autism Diagnostician, leading a service of Speech and Language Therapists who follow her model of compassionate and excellent care.”
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