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BSC Speech-Language Pathology

(UCT 2004)

Areas of Special Interest
  • Acquired Communication Impairment: assessment & therapy 
  • Dysphagia assessment and management

I am an experienced Speech and Language Therapist, based in Cape Town, in practice for 19 years.   


I provide hospital based care in ICU, medical, surgical and care of the elderly wards; home based intervention for adults and children as well as sessions at my home office (Sea Point) or sessional rooms on Kloof Street in the CBD.

After completing Community Service year (2005) at the East London Hospital Complex and gaining experience in the South African private sector as a locum in private practice and at Pro-Ed House School, I moved to the United Kingdom.  I streamlined my practice to work in the field of adult communication and dysphagia management within the National Health Service (NHS), including a role as stroke Speech and Language Therapy lead of a hyper acute stroke unit.  Since returning to South Africa to establish a private practice, I have maintained my interest in adult neurology.

My exposure to the outpatient, acute hospital, online and specialist stroke unit settings has strengthened my skills in the assessment and management of: 

  • Acquired communication impairments (dysarthria, dysphasia, verbal apraxia and cognitive-communication impairment), including:

    • Formal and informal assessment for the purpose of differential diagnosis 

    • Dynamic therapeutic intervention 

    • Targeted and functional therapy & goal setting

    • Provision of advice to the patient, family and multidisciplinary team regarding the nature and impact of the communication impairment,

    • Establishment of strategies that promote participation  

  • Dysphagia secondary to acquired or progressive neurological impairment (stroke, TBI, Brain tumours, parkinson’s disease, MND, etc) acute or chronic medical decompensation (e.g. respiratory compromise), structural changes (e.g. head & neck cancer related) and cognitive-behavioural decline associated with dementia.  This includes the management of inherently complex dysphagia associated with the potential co-morbidities of the ageing population.

Working within the field of paediatrics, my area of interest focuses on early years intervention (preschool).  This includes strengthening listening and language skills, articulation and early literacy skills (phonological awareness).  I have a developing interest in working with children who present with different, pervasive social-communication difficulties, such as children on the autism spectrum.

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