SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Marie graduated in Speech and Language Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in
2014 with the Otway Freeman Gold Medal, awarded to one final year student
for excellence in clinical practice. Marie has over five years experience of working
full-time as a Speech and Language Therapist with children with a range of speech,
language, and communication difficulties. Marie believes that speech and language therapy should be fun, functional, and motivating for children. Since qualifying, Marie has remained committed to continuous professional development and has completed a number of professional trainings including; Hanen More Than Words, ADOS training, DIR Floortime, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). Marie is a full member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT), and is registered with CORU (Health and Social Care Regulating Body).
SPEECH AND DRAMA
Marie has been involved with speech and drama since she was four years old, completing all Royal Irish Academy Speech and Drama exams from Kindergarten to Associate Diploma, and partaking in a number of productions and competitions. Marie volunteered in India as an English and Drama teacher in 2014 where she saw the benefits of learning language through drama. Marie completed her Speech and Drama teaching diploma with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2015. Marie completed a Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education with Griffith College Dublin (and the Leinster School of Music and Drama Licentiate Diploma) in 2017, where she received the award for the student with the highest overall grade. Marie is passionate about drama being accessible to all children as a tool to promote their imagination, creativity, self-esteem, and communication skills.
Wordplay Academy was founded with the aim of combining communication and language stimulation with the creativity and imagination development of process drama. Wordplay Academy is the first school in Ireland that combines the professional knowledge and experience of language and social communication development with traditional speech and drama. It is the ethos of the Wordplay Academy that every child has the right to have their communication skills promoted, and to access the joy of drama in whatever form suits them best.