Sarah Bean

BSc Speech-Language Pathology

(UCT)

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Cape Town

South Africa

Tel: 081 311 3666

Email: sarahbeansalt@gmail.com

About

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, in practice for 14 years.  After completing Community Service 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 community, acute hospital 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 assessment of school age children to determine the presence of speech, language or literacy difficulties contributing to academic and social participation  limitations.   In the past, this has included teaching a daily literacy lesson as Pro-Ed House School.