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Marijke Morris

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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. 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 who has voice difficulties, which impacts on their work. Marijke has over 20 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 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. Follow CATTS on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for handy (and quirky) tips on how to help your child to communicate. Warning: cat videos may occasionally pop up!

Courses

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How to help a child who is stuttering
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Stuttering, or stammering can profoundly affect an individual. There are ways you can practically help.

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Attention
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What is Attention, and how can we help kids ‘tune in’?

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"I have learned loads. I have to minimise distractions. Keep my language simple, not have long sentences. smaller sentences in chunks. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Try and encourage turn-taking. Use visual clues."

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"I feel this course has covered so much and I have gained so much from it I can’t think of anything else that could be included."

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"I learned to give a child time to process what you are telling them. Show picture support. Show good listening yourself"

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Communicating PAIN
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"I never thought of it in the way it was presented in this talk."

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"I liked the way the course was delivered easy to follow and understand. I also got a few ideas that I could use in my work going forward."

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"I have learned in order to teach pain you have to teach body parts and the concept of pain combined. I have been given lots of ideas to do this."

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"Loved this course, especially the importance of teaching and of talking about pain and how it is presented."

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"I got loads of ideas to work on expressive/receptive language in relation to expressing pain"

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"I never realised something pretty obvious: the need of teaching the body parts in order for the children to communicate effectively where it hurts."

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"I liked the delivery of the course. The provider was easy to listen to and conveyed her information clearly and concisely. The ideas to teach body parts and concept of pain were very helpful."

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"I liked the quick, simple and incidental learning methods. Concise and engaging course. The presenter was informative and her personal stories interesting."

Being able to successfully communicate the source of, and even cause of, pain is vitally important in a young child or a person with communication issues.

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Behaviour – An overview
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"The presenter gave very clear instructions on how to help a child with behaviours that challenge. The 8 points were very simply put and easy to follow."

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"The speaker is very articulate and explains things very well. the eight things to consider give a good overview of how best to manage behaviour so as not to negatively impact the child."

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"I liked the ideas strategies and scenarios explained. I will try to incorporate these in the Early Years"

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"The eight area’s covered each had their own learning, from the use of the abc approach to grandma’s rule it is important to consider how our reaction to each situation can impact the child."

Short overview about behaviour. This topic comes up a lot in requests from parents, teachers and carers alike.

But… what is behaviour?

After this course, you may wish to take:

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Behaviour – Using Social Stories
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"I learned about choosing something that interest them to base the social story on, also the importance of positivity & not setting the child up to fail"

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"Loved it!! Haven't used Social Stories before. Can't wait to check out websites recommended."

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"I learned that it is very important to use the right phrases. That verbal children can help to write social stories with you as opposed to having it written for them."

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"I loved the way it was presented and so clearly explained, also how she said to use phrases like sometimes/ I will try etc, it gives the child the understanding that they will not always get it right nor are they expected too."

A social story is a great tool to help manage expectations, which can often lead to a reduction in what is often termed ‘Problem behaviour’.

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Communication Passports
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"I had never of heard of this before so it was all new!"

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"Thoroughly enjoyed the session, lots of practical ideas and tips."

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"Love the examples and template! Very useful."

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"Engaging presenter !! Lots of useful information."

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"Loved the style of the video and the fact you could see the pages of the passport as she was explaining them."

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"Great tips and ideas to help me with the children I work with."

Speech and Language Therapist Marijke Morris outlines what Communication Passports are, how to create them, and why you always need them for children and adolescents with communication difficulties.

If there is ever a ‘Silver Bullet’ item, when done well, that can help family members, teachers, SNAs and carers to work together to ensure a child is given the best chance – this is it.

This short course is FREE. You do need to log in to view or access it however.

It is best to have your child’s teacher or SNA’s help with creating these.

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Practical Techniques to help a child’s communication
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"I really liked that there were videos to demonstrate how to use the different strategies. I find these very useful as for myself, I find it easier to learn when I am able to see exactly how the techniques are used."

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"I didn’t realize how many opportunities there were each day to work on communication, both formally and informally. Excellent"

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"The short videos were very helpful and gave great ideas to try"

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"I like the real life footage, putting the strategies in place"

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"All the different strategies for teaching communicaton. All techniques were clearly explained. The use of the child alongside the lecturer in the video made it a lot easier to understand."

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"I enjoyed this course especially as there were videos to demonstrate all the elements of trying to encourage communication."

Children with communication difficulties need extra practice. Typical kids need hundreds of repetitions of a word to learn a word (except for swear words) and kids with communication difficulties often need more than that.

When you create communication opportunities, you make sure that your child practices their communication skills. And as we all know, practice makes perfect!

The techniques in this course are the foundation skills needed to ensure your child gets the best consistent opportunities to communicate and learn.

Think of it like watching a game of football. ‘All’ that the player really does is repeat the same core skills over and over again during the duration of the game, long kicks, dribbling, heading the ball, etc.  How well the player practices each individual skill and learns to combine them makes the difference.

It is the same with assisting a child to encourage communication – whether that child is pre-verbal or at any stage of language development.   Each video snippet of the techniques are designed to be viewed frequently by you, or those with whom your child regularly interacts with, grandparents, childminders, older siblings etc.

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5 ways to improve your child’s communication
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Here are 5 things you can do to help your child communicate.

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5 Critical Mistakes Parents of children with communication difficulties make
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There are some common things which every parent goes through when they suspect, or are informed that their child has a communication difficulty.

Parents:
This short talk does not seek to tell or suggest to avoid them, it does however outline what they are, so that you know that it isn’t just you, all parents have gone through some or all of these to a lesser or greater degree. Once you are aware, you are better able to deal with them and help your child.

SNAs / Teachers / Therapists:
Knowing and being aware of the concerns and issues a parent may have helps you to better help them.
Please take the 15 minutes to view this talk.

Remember: For you, it may be say, a Tuesday afternoon; for the parent you are speaking to, that day may go down in their family history as the time they were informed of a concern, or a diagnosis – or the day their child had a breakthrough in class!

(For anyone using the CATTS CPD points on this site to help them with their professions CPD hours, we have allocated this talk 1,000 CPD points – usual amount is 10-50.  Trying to understand the needs and concerns of the parents you work with is vital.)

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Lámh Courses
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All upcoming Lámh courses with CATTS.

Please click on the ‘Take This Course’ button below to see a list of upcoming dates.

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Early Childhood Communication – Tips for Language Development
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  • This presentation is aimed at parents of young children and will offer tips for early language development.

This is a general talk designed to provide information on language development in young children.

It is not focused on children with specific or additional needs, but information is provided on when to be concerned about your child’s speech and language development.

Your Instructor

Marijke Morris

Marijke is the Lead Clinician for CATTS. She has more than 19 years experience in Speech and Language Therapy.

She qualified and worked in South Africa before moving to Ireland in 2001. Her degree also includes qualification as an Audiologist. She founded CATTS in late 2009 after several years with the HSE.

Her 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.

Marijke also has experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), including Lamh (signing), the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and high tech communication devices. Marijke is trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which assesses social and communicative behaviour associated with autism.

Marijke is certified to present the Hanen parent training programmes It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words and TalkAbility. She is also a certified Lamh tutor.

She has a special interest in paediatric Speech & Language Therapy, food aversion and professional development. Marijke is registered with the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and the International Association of Logopedics and Phonetica (IALP).

She is chairperson of the Independent Speech-Language Therapists of Ireland (ISTI).

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Creating, Using & Teaching Visuals
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How to create, and use visuals PROPERLY to help the child in your class, person in your service, or loved one at home, communicate with others – AND reduce anxiety and frustration. (For everyone!)

This course which is created and delivered by a Senior Speech & Language Therapist (SLP in the USA) covers the steps required to create and support someone who cannot speak for themselves, by using Visual aids.

Although this may seem straight-forward, doing it properly involves a lot of ‘Light-Bulb’ moments and insights which are not normally apparent.

This course will be of benefit to:

Special Needs Assistants, Special Education Teachers, or Class Teachers who have people in their class who have communication difficulties.

Family members and carers of people with non-verbal communication needs

Nurses and Professional Care staff who wish to support patients in their care

This course covers:
1. How to Make Visuals
2. Choices
3. Visual Schedules
4. Key Teaching Strategies
 
You may already be trying to, or have been recommended to use visual communication tools by a professional for someone in your care. If so, this course will assist you.
 
If you have stumbled across this course by way of an internet search as your loved one has had an accident or illness which has caused them to lose their voice, it will give you a quick primer of things to do to help them as soon as possible.

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Emotional Regulation
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"It is important to allow the child to express their emotions but that you should give them strategies to cope with these big emotions"

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"I really liked the comparison between the t- Rex and the scale, I think a child would really enjoy this"

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"I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot from it. Thank you!"

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"I liked the walkthrough of emotional support documents"

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"I liked the section which explained the visual aids required to make emotional regulation a success."

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"I learned not to say calm down or don’t be angry/sad. I feel sometimes this can be a normal reaction but from now on I will be saying “What will make us feel a little less ………”"

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"I learned that it’s ok to let a child have these emotions, as long as we provide them with tools to help them come back down the scale again to help them feel ok"

Lets talk about emotional regulation. We all need it. How do you encourage it with someone who has difficulties?

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AAC 101
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"I learned that no one system, may be adequate and the technology may be used for different purposes"

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"I liked the positive emphasis, the highlighting of the importance of the student’s autonomy and enjoyment and the practical approach she had!"

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"I liked how each form of communication was covered and the pros and cons to each and everyone. I also liked how it was explained how you can prompt the person without going straight to tell the person."

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"I really enjoyed AAC Devices 101"

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"I really liked every aspect of this course and feel that I can take a lot of information away from it."

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"Good overview of AAC devices and allowed user to gain knowledge and make proper choice in what suits students best"

This overview of AAC devices will help you learn the differnt types of systems.

You will learn about the pros and cons to both the Light and High tech systems.
You will learn that no one system may suit, and to realise the importance of the student’s autonomy.
You will also cover the considerations that should be used for ACC.

It will also give pointers on how you can help and assist an individual who is learning to use their AAC device.

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Down Syndrome 101
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"It gave a clear insight into all ages of a child with Down syndrome and the difficulties they may face along the way, I found the course very interesting."

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"The different ways that you can alter your teaching to cater for their difficulties. The fact that they are a child with down syndrome and not a down syndrome child -lovely! The verbal and memory difficulties and how to help them in class – found very interesting."

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"Course was really well presented and full of practical strategies"

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"The practical tips on helping a child with down syndrome, such as giving choice, being aware that their physical or health problems may be impacting on their ability to learn in the classroom."

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"I have been working with some pupils with down syndrome and was never told a lot of this. I learned lots of practical tips that I can use. Thanks"

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"Found it very interesting. As someone who already works in a special needs school there was plenty of content that would really help me when working with a child who has down syndrome."

This training course will cover:
• What is Down Syndrome
• The scope and range of Down Syndrome
• Co-morbidity and what it means
• Early intervention
• Typical accommodations to support a pupil with Down Syndrome school
• Techniques that help generally

The 101 courses are designed to give an overview of the topic, and will give pointers and links to follow on courses that can deep dive more into tips or techniques to assist and help.