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.
Katie is neurodivergent herself and has a strong interest in supporting neurodivergent people be their truest and most authentic selves.
She has extensive experience working with Autistic children and adults 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
Following the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic , Katie has expanded on her work with adults who are struggling with their mental health
Katie has a special interest in the long term effects of motor coordination issues and sensory processing difficulties 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. 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 , 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.
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, 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.
Amy is an Occupational Therapist working at Horizons therapy services and is from Athlone. She is incredibly enthusiastic about her role in paediatrics and driven to continually learn within her field of Occupational Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Sports Science and Health from Dublin City University and subsequently completed her Masters of Science (MSc) in Occupational Therapy from Teesside University and a Sports Science and Health degree from Dublin City University. During her studies, Amy was an active volunteer within Special Olympic sports groups and Dyspraxia support groups. Prior to beginning at Horizons Therapy Services in February 2021, she progressed from a junior therapist working both in schools and clinic to becoming a senior therapist within a busy Sensory Integration clinic in the North East of England. Within this service, she gained experience working and supporting a variety of conditions, populations and complexities from 0-18 year of age.
She currently treats children and adolescents of all ages with a variety of abilities and diagnoses including autism, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay and dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder. Amy has completed extensive CPD training including; Sensory Integration modules 1, 2 and 3, Sensory Babies, Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO), Therapeutic Listening Programme, Zones of Regulation, Sleep with Disability, Training for Early Detection for Early Intervention, Primitive reflexes, screening, compensation , techniques and treatment and DiR Floortime. She is willing and keen to continue to develop her skill set to further support the child, adolescents and families she works with. Amy is passionate to ensure every child she works with progresses to reach their potential, while also supporting their families along the way.
Rebecca is a Speech and Language therapist in Horizons Therapy Services and is from Dundalk. She completed her undergraduate in English and History in UCD, before completing a Professional Diploma in Education and qualifying as a secondary school teacher. While working as an English and History teacher, Rebecca encountered students with a range of communication and literacy difficulties and disorders and became interested in knowing more about communication and how to support children with communication difficulties. Rebecca then returned to education to complete a Masters degree in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Limerick.
While at the University of Limerick, Rebecca participated in the Visiting Aphasia Programme, an initiative to support adults in the community with communication difficulties
following acquired brain injuries, and acted as a conversation partner. She completed her thesis on the treatment burden experienced by people with an acquired or progressive
neurological disorder undergoing dysphagia management.
Rebecca works with children and adolescents with a variety of abilities and presentations including, late talkers, children with speech sound delays/disorders, Autism, intellectual disabilities and chromosomal disorders and syndromes. She is qualified to administer assessments for ASD as well as Speech, Language and communication delays and disorders. Rebecca is dedicated to continuing her professional development and training.
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 11 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.