Marlene is originally from Portugal and arrived on this beautiful green island in 2014. Marlene has trained as an occupational therapist in the School of Allied Health Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of Porto graduating in 2012. After she finished her undergraduate qualification she enrolled in a Masters Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health in the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto. Marlene completed her post-graduation in Sensory Integration in 2020 through SI Network UK & Ireland, Ulster University.
Marlene has worked in many different clinical fields including psychiatric and mental health services, psychosocial rehabilitation centres, intellectual disabilities day services, and community-based settings for adults and children. Marlene started working at Advance Therapy Systems in 2017, and has extensive experience assessing and treating children with a variety of diagnosis, including, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and sensory processing disorder.
As a senior paediatric occupational therapist, Marlene has been performing other roles in the clinic, such as managerial tasks, clinical supervision, and clinical training.
Marlene has completed other well-known CPD training courses in paediatrics such as DIR Floortime Training, Handwriting Without Tears, and Sleep with Disability (by Aine O’Connel).