Medico-legal services​

Supporting Capacity Assessment

Communication Difficulties

Supporting Capacity Assessment

People are presumed to have the ability, or capacity to make decisions about their personal lives. When capacity is called into question, an assessment of capacity may be required. With the Assisted Decision Making Act (ADMA) 2015 the assessment of capacity has moved to a functional approach with capacity being determined for specific matters as opposed to it being an all or nothing situation. 

Communication is central to capacity assessments, so individuals with communication difficulties can be at a disadvantage as a result. My role in relation to capacity assessments includes:

  • Involvement in the capacity and decision making assessment itself
  • Training of capacity assessors
  • Supporting the person with a communication difficulty to maximise their autonomy in decision making.
Communication difficulties chart

COVID-19 Information

Due to the COVID-19 situation, I am currently providing all appointments via teletherapy. This is essentially speech therapy over the internet instead of face to face. Please see my information packs in the resources section regarding how this works.


What My Clients say

Ms. Coyle is helpful, attentive to detail and establishes an easier rapport with individuals-making assessments much less daunting
Ciara McPhillips
Senior Associate Solicitor
Linda’s expert reports are detailed, thorough and objective. She provides a prompt professional service and is always available to discuss any issues that may arise. I have no hesitation in recommending her as an excellent Speech and Language Therapist medico legal expert
Paul Kelly,
Solicitor, Cian O’ Carroll Solicitors

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