Katie is from Dundalk and trained as an occupational therapist in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2008. Katie is the clinic director and supervises the occupational therapy team. She frequently acts as clinical educator for student occupational therapists both from Ireland and abroad.
She has extensive experience working with children and adults with Autism after providing home help to families with autistic children as well as volunteering with children with a variety of genetic and developmental disabilities. She completed her certification in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California (USC) and Western Psychological Services (WPS) in Miami, Florida in January 2010. Katie is trained in a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive techniques such as the CO-OP method, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
She frequently attends continuing professional development courses and sat on the AOTI council for over a year. She is an active member of the Paediatric Advisory Group and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Advisory Group and often presents at conferences and study days. She works with a variety of children from infancy to adolescence as well young adults. She has experience in assessment and treating adults in residential care and in community housing. Katie has a special interest in the long term effects of motor coordination issues and sensory processing deficits on mental health and every-day participation and function in teenagers and adults. She works one to one with this client group as well having developed the teen programme TIPS.
In February 2018, Katie volunteered as an occupational therapist in the Mephibosheth Training Centre (MTC) in Apam, Ghana, with a group from the University of Southern California (USC). She carried out community assessments, mentored student OTs from USC, carried out intervention with the children from MTC as well as lecturing in the University of Education, Winneba on the role of OT and on the topic of invisible disabilities.
Shauna is an Occupational Therapist working in Horizons therapy services and is from Newry. She returned to education as a mature student with a desire to work in healthcare, and has a strong interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She successfully completed a Higher National Certificate in Health in Social Care with Distinction, before going on to achieve a B.Sc. Occupational Therapy 2:1 from the University of Ulster in Jordanstown. Shauna has worked and volunteered with both children and adults presenting with a range of learning disabilities, physical disabilities and challenging behaviours. As such she has experience of assisting individuals with difficulties encountered with the occupations of daily living, social participation, and leisure.
Shauna has experience in other areas including hand therapy, where she worked with scar management and regaining function following plastic surgery, and mental health. She currently treats children and adolescents of all ages with a variety of abilities and diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay and dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder. Shauna is interested in promoting independence, and how functional difficulties can negatively impact this. She has completed post graduate training in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), and is currently completing her Sensory Integration Training. Shauna is willing and keen to develop her skill set further to help individuals achieve their individual goals through Occupational Therapy.
Shauna is a Speech and Language Therapist working in Horizons Therapy Services. She holds a Masters (MA) degree in English literature and language studies from NUI Maynooth and subsequently completed her Master of Science (MSc) degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick. During her studies Shauna volunteered with Childline and was involved in the Visiting Aphasia Scheme (VAS) acting as a conversation partner for residents who had suffered stroke. Shauna received the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) student award in recognition of her research project entitled ‘PEG or not to PEG: A systematic review of the evidence underpinning PEG recommendations in Dementia Clinical Practice Guidelines’. Her project is being presented at the 2018 European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) annual congress and is subsequently being submitted for publishing.
Shauna has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of abilities and diagnoses including; Speech and/or Language Delay/Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, post- Stroke adults, dysphagia and genetic and developmental delays/disabilities. By placing her clients at the centre of her professional practice Shauna provides comprehensive assessments and interventions appropriate to each individual client’s communication needs. She is committed to supporting clients to develop their own individual voice by working in partnership with them, using evidence-based interventions, to enhance their ability to effectively communicate..
Bríd is an Occupational Therapist working in Horizons Therapy Services. She holds a BSc. (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion from IT Sligo and subsequently completed her Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Limerick. Bríd has experience working as a GAA coach with children of all ages and abilities, with a particular focus on GAA for All, a sports inclusion programme. She has also worked on youth leadership and social inclusion projects. During her studies, Bríd volunteered with Comhairle Na nÓg Youth Council, with a wheelchair basketball team and with her local GAA club.
Bríd has experience in other areas of Occupational Therapy including Mental health and Acute Neurology. She currently treats children and adolescents with varying abilities, needs and diagnoses including; Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder. Bríd is enthusiastic about working with children and young people and loves helping them to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential. Her gentle and positive personality helps her to easily build therapeutic relationships with children and their families. She is dedicated to building her knowledge and skill in sensory integration to better help children and their families enrich their occupational lives.
Marguerite is from Dundalk and is practice manager and co-owner of Horizons Therapy
Services Ltd. She has worked as office manager in the clinic for over 9 years. She has a
varied career previously working in Science /Engineering for 28years, 20 of those years spent
Marguerite changed career in 2008 deciding to join the clinic team in an effort to achieve a better work-life balance. Since then the office duties expanded to include answering the many phone calls and e-mails from families concerned about their child or family member. She is dedicated to helping clients find answers to their enquiries and will answer any questions regarding the services provided by Horizons Therapy Services.
Marguerite works at creating an environment that helps to motivate a team of professionals who are dedicated to providing the best therapeutic services as well as providing a client centred, family friendly setting.