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Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is an intervention service that focuses on improving a child’s speech and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language. Speech therapists, or speech and language pathologists (SLPs), are the professionals who provide these services

Early Diagnostics

It has shown that early intervention helps ensure better results from Speech Therapy. This has definitely been evident in my many years of practice. Therapy can start very young and articulation difficulties with children can start as young as 3 years for sounds like (k, g etc.) (see table summary).

Learn through Play

The word “play” means involvement in enjoyable activities. Therefore, “play-based therapy” involves the use of enjoyable activities to target a child’s speech and language therapy goals.

As a therapist I always try and make the sessions fun and interactive where they are learning through play whilst developing self-confidence.

About Sally

Speech Therapist

I am one of 3 children that was born in Gauteng and then moved to Cape Town and attended Herschel Girls High School. I have two children of my own who are 12 Months apart and they have been my biggest teachers. I love diagnostics and I always try to find the good qualities/ strengths in a child whilst helping them with their barriers to learning. I loved school and was privilege to attend a school exchange program to America when I was in high school. After completing my studies, I spent a year working with children at The Deaf Child Centre helping them learn through sign language and play. I then went to the UK for a few years and returned to commence work as a locum Speech and Language Therapist at Pro Ed. I later based myself more permanently in school settings working at various schools. I then started at Rondebosch Boys Preparatory School about 10 Years ago and since this year I have been focusing on Little Bosch and early intervention. Read more

 

My Speciality

My area of speciality is diagnosing, particularly the younger child. Having worked in this area for nearly 20 years collaborating with many different professionals i am able to see the child holistically. I really try and make the child and parents feel relaxed and enjoy the therapy process. Early intervention and learning through play is definitely a strength of mine.

My Approach

My approach is to try and make a child feel at ease and relaxed whilst assessing and working on therapy aims. I use fun interactive games and clever strategies so a child is reaching their therapy targets whilst they feel they are just playing. I have a very collaborative approach working with other professionals, teachers, parents so the child is supported in as many areas as possible. I love what i do and this definitely shines through in the therapy process.

My Process

The parent will contact me to set up an appointment. I meet with the child and assess the areas of difficulties. I then give feedback to parents and relevant others working with the child. I write a full diagnostic report should the child have had an assessment. Therapy aims are then set and i start working with the child either once or twice a week individually or in a small group. Therapy sessions are usually 30 to 45 minutes long. I regularly give feedback to teachers, parents etc on ideas to carry out at home/school. The child is later reassessed and once therapy aims have been met discharged. If the child is based at the school they are usually seen during school hours. A child can also be seen in the afternoons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let me put your mind at ease

How does the referral work?

A child may be referred by a parent, teacher, doctor etc. The parent then contacts me to give consent. I send forms to fill in with background information etc. The child is then assessed over 1 or 2 sessions. Feedback is then given with specific therapy aims targeted. A report is also sometimes written following a full assessment. I can also meet to give advice or answer any questions you have prior to and during seeing a child for therapy.

How does articulation therapy work?

A child can be treated both individually or in a small group.

  • The target sound or sounds are identified e.g. /s/ sound
  • The sound needs to be taught in isolation
  • (e.g. saying a /s/ sound infront of a mirror on its own to elicit correct tongue placement)
  • Teaching the sound followed by a vowel e.g./sa/, /si/, /sea/
  • Teaching the sound at the beginning of words e.g. /sit/, /sun/, /sock/ etc.
  • Teaching the sound at the end of words e.g. /bus/, /mice/, /dice/
  • Teaching the sound in the middle of words and clusters e.g. /slide/, /smile/, /basket/ etc.
  • Teaching the sound in short phrases
  • Teaching the sound in sentences
  • Teaching the sound during spontaneous conversation

 

What to do if unsure whether speech and language therapy is needed?

It is best to speak to a professional should you have concerns. I am more than happy to meet for a consultation and discuss any concerns you may have regarding this area and answer any questions.

 

What is the incidence of speech and language difficulties?

Delays in language are the most common types of developmental delay. It is estimated that about 1 out of 5 children will learn to talk or use words later than other children their age. Some children will also show behavioral problems because they are frustrated when they can’t express what they need or want.

 

 

What areas are covered in Speech Therapy?

Speech and Language therapy with children will look at the following areas depending on the difficulties:

  • Articulation: The abnormal production of speech sounds. E.g. lisping, omissions of sounds and substitutions e.g. ‘free” for “three”
  • Fluency (repetitions of whole words, parts of a word, struggling to get words out)
  • Receptive Language (Struggling with comprehension, following instructions etc.)
  • Expressive Language (Difficulties with formulating sentences and using the correct grammar etc.)
  • Phonological Awareness: This refers to a child’s ability to reflect on the speech sounds in words separate from word meaning. This is highly related to early reading ability (teaching a Pre-School child rhyming, initial sound identification, the sound the letters of the alphabet make, clapping out words into syllables etc. help this area)
  • Voice Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing disorder (CAPD): CAPD isn’t a hearing loss or a learning disorder. It means your brain doesn’t “hear” sounds in the usual way. It is not a problem with understanding meaning. It often starts in childhood, but some people develop it later. Between 2% and 7% of kids have it, and boys are more likely to have it than girls. The disorder can lead to learning delays, so children who have it may need a little extra help in school.
  • Social Use of Language Difficulties (using social stories and practical games to elicit improved social use of language)
  • Any other areas that may impact on Speech and Language Skills (case history information, medical, hearing loss etc.)
Will the articulation errors resolve on their own?

Certain types of articulation errors can resolve by 4 Years. Typically, these errors do not resolve should they still be evident by the age of 5-6 years. Also, some children have a more forward positioned tongue during articulation, so these difficulties need to be worked on younger so to prevent the difficulty becoming habitual. (See chart for articulation development)

How long does therapy take?

Every case is different so it can be hard to say however, I would be able to give a clearer idea once a child has been assessed and therapy has commenced.

 

TESTIMONIALS

What people are saying

My son loved her so much that he asked to please go back to “Thally”

“Sally is such a warm, loving, relaxed and friendly speech therapist. My son loved her so much that he asked to please go back to “Thally” when he was discharged only a term later.”

Juliet Hannington,
Paediatric GP, Claremont)

5.0
2019-07-29T18:57:35+00:00

Juliet Hannington,
Paediatric GP, Claremont)

“Sally is such a warm, loving, relaxed and friendly speech therapist. My son loved her so much that he asked to please go back to “Thally” when he was discharged only a term later.”

I could quickly see an improvement.

“What a wonderful experience with my son AJ doing speech therapy. He absolutely loved Sally and his group articulation classes, he took pride in doing his homework and said it was fun! I could quickly see an improvement. Sally also kept us informed weekly on his progress. Thanx so much for everything."

Lizel Fincham

5.0
2019-07-29T19:02:48+00:00

Lizel Fincham

“What a wonderful experience with my son AJ doing speech therapy. He absolutely loved Sally and his group articulation classes, he took pride in doing his homework and said it was fun! I could quickly see an improvement. Sally also kept us informed weekly on his progress. Thanx so much for everything."

Sally has received excellent feedback from education colleagues

“Sally has been a great asset to the paediatric team. She has been reliable, open and active team member. During her time in our service Sally has received excellent feedback from education colleagues who have commented very positively on Sally’s commitment and standard of therapy.”

Frances Walker
Speech and Language therapy Team Leader

5.0
2019-07-29T19:01:03+00:00

Frances Walker
Speech and Language therapy Team Leader

“Sally has been a great asset to the paediatric team. She has been reliable, open and active team member. During her time in our service Sally has received excellent feedback from education colleagues who have commented very positively on Sally’s commitment and standard of therapy.”

The boys have absolutely thrived under Sally’s care, and have progressed so well

My twin boys were recommended for speech therapy when we applied for Little Bosch, and we started speech therapy with Sally around 6 months in the year before Grade R. One of my boys is hearing impaired, so the need was great. The boys have absolutely thrived under Sally’s care, and have progressed so well, I think all of our expectations were exceeded. Her approach is gentle and thorough, and the boys absolutely love their time with Sally. All of our initial concerns have been greatly diminished, and the change in just a short time has been incredible. I cannot recommend Sally enough. She has been an integral part to the boys development and also making the challenges we faced with hearing difficulties as well as the fact they were very premature December babies so much easier. I have loved the fact she is stationed at the school, which makes my job as busy mom easier, but also the communication between the teachers and other involved therapists seamless, facilitating a combined effort to get the boys the much needed help they required.

Bronwyn

2019-08-01T10:59:41+00:00

Bronwyn

My twin boys were recommended for speech therapy when we applied for Little Bosch, and we started speech therapy with Sally around 6 months in the year before Grade R. One of my boys is hearing impaired, so the need was great. The boys have absolutely thrived under Sally’s care, and have progressed so well, I think all of our expectations were exceeded. Her approach is gentle and thorough, and the boys absolutely love their time with Sally. All of our initial concerns have been greatly diminished, and the change in just a short time has been incredible. I cannot recommend Sally enough. She has been an integral part to the boys development and also making the challenges we faced with hearing difficulties as well as the fact they were very premature December babies so much easier. I have loved the fact she is stationed at the school, which makes my job as busy mom easier, but also the communication between the teachers and other involved therapists seamless, facilitating a combined effort to get the boys the much needed help they required.

Sally has demonstrated outstanding clinical skills

“Sally has demonstrated outstanding clinical skills, is a good team player, dedicated and diligent.”

Dr D. Ogilvy

2019-07-29T18:59:24+00:00

Dr D. Ogilvy

“Sally has demonstrated outstanding clinical skills, is a good team player, dedicated and diligent.”
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CONTACT SALLY

Call Me

083 797 9862

Address

Private Therapy rooms based at:

Little Bosch, Laidlaw Lane

Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7708