Marijke set up CATTS (Clinical Assessment Therapy & Training Services) in 2009 so that she could help people access speech and language therapy without long waiting lists. CATTS is a family-run practice and the whole family is involved in creating videos and training for families to use. CATTS was the winner of the Irish Enterprise Awards 2018 for Best Speech & Language Therapy Service and winner of GBI Most Outstanding for Speech & Language Therapy Services 2021.
Marijke loves helping families reduce children’s frustration, to make learning fun and to relieve parents’ anxiety about their child’s speech and language skills.
She also likes helping adults with voice difficulties. This can often have a severe impacts on their personal and working lives.
Marijke has over 25 years’ experience but feel like she is still learning every day. She qualified and worked in South Africa before moving to Ireland in 2001. Her degree also includes qualification as an Audiologist. Her also experience includes working as part of multidisciplinary teams in general Private Practice, Intellectual Disability, Visual Impairment and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with a wide variety of ages and disorders. As well as extensive direct clinical experience in Early Intervention, management and supervision, she provides SLT supervision and mentoring to other therapists.