Nicola Sowah

Speech-Language Therapists

Nicola 

(SERVICES AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS)

I am a Speech-Language Therapist with a passion for facilitating communication. I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and I use a combination of approaches to encourage communication. I am passionate about language, autism and AAC, but I enjoy a varied caseload. Motivation is important to me, and I believe in using what a child likes in therapy- every person is an individual.

I am blessed to work with a fabulous team of speech-language therapists at my practice.

We currently work with a varied caseload, which includes:

  • Language disorders and delays
  • Autism
  • Early Communication Intervention
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Articulation Disorders and Phonological delays
  • Patients in need of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Auditory Processing difficulties
  • Reading and spelling difficulties
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Aural rehabilitation (my colleague, Karen, is very experienced in this area and will be working with the children with hearing loss)
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties (my colleagues, Bianca and Simone have a special interest in this area)
  • Spelling to Communicate (S2C)- a method that teaches autistic individuals with motor challenges to communicate by means of spelling (a form of AAC)

My qualifications are as follows:

B Communication Pathology (Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology) – Cum Laude (University of Pretoria)

Masters degree in Alternative and Augmentative Communication-  MA AAC – Cum Laude (University of Pretoria)

Hanen Certifed (More Than Words)

Hanen Certified (It Takes Two To Talk)

PROMPT level 1 trained

Attended “Tiny Handz” Basic Training (workshop 1 and 2)

Attended “Spelling to Communicate” workshop with Elizabeth Vosseller in April 2017 (helping non-and unreliably-speaking autistic individuals communicate by spelling)

 

MEET THE TEAM OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPISTS:

 

 

Nicola Sowah (practice owner)

Cell: 082 224 5090

Email: nicola.speech@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Bester

Cell: 083 568 3357

Email: karenbspeech@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bianca Nel

Cell: 082 334 5585

Email: banxi26@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simone Zevenster

Cell: 078 350 5483

Email: simone.pascoe08@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or to book an appointment. Services are available in ENGLISH (Nicola, Karen, Bianca and Simone) and AFRIKAANS (Karen, Bianca and Simone).

 

Click on the link to view my  Facebook page

 

NEWS:

1/4/2018

Welcome, Simone Zevenster! The practice continues to grow, and I feel blessed to have Simone as a new addition to the team so that we can reach more people who need our help. Simone will also be working the late afternoon shifts to accommodate those who have difficulty coming to earlier appointments, such as working parents. In addition to seeing the same type of cases as discussed above, Simone is also skilled in seeing adult patients with acquired speech, language and swallowing disorders (e.g. difficulties as a result of a stroke or traumatic brain injury).

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

6/9/2017

MA AAC Graduation: I am excited to announce that I graduated today with a Masters in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (University of Pretoria) with academic honorary colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/4/2017

Today one of my biggest dreams has come true! I am proud to have organized the first Spelling to Communicate (S2C) workshop in Africa presented by Elizabeth Vosseller of Growing Kids Therapy Center, USA. S2C  teaches non-, minimally- and unreliably-speaking autistic individuals the purposeful motor skills that are needed to communicate by spelling. It is a form of AAC and I believe so strongly in this approach. I am so happy to be attending this workshop with Karen and Bianca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/5/2015:

Visit my blog at www.speech4africa.co.za

5/12/2014

My practice is closed for the year. Wishing you all a blessed festive season. Next week I am heading to Umhlanga for HANEN TRAINING – MORE THAN WORDS. I will be Hanen certified by the end of next week! To read more about this awesome Early Intervention course, check out the Hanen website.

23/07/2014

Some Speech-Language Therapy humour:

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14/05/2014

Today is Apraxia Awareness day – everybody deserves a voice.

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15/12/2013

Nelson Mandela and Children

29/07/2013

An absolute MUST WATCH: Carly Fleischman explains first-hand about stimming.

 

08/07/2013

help communicate

 

04/07/2012 : iPad App for teaching Social Skills

My favourite iPad app for teaching Social Skills to young children is Puppet Pals HD.  It allows you to make your own puppet shows using characters from the app, or adding your own. You can create your own social stories and customize them based on the child’s langauge level and interests!

 

07/06/2013: New business cards

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20/05/2013: Is our education system in South Africa failing some of our learners?

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1/5/2013: Please note that I got married in April and that my surname is now SOWAH.

21/3/2013

21st of March is International Down Syndrome Day. Let us celebrate these special people with Down Syndrome and give thanks for all the love they bring to our lives.

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2/4/2012

2nd of April is World Autism Awareness day. Let’s work together to bring ACCEPTANCE to South Africa!

world-autism-day

 

INTERESTING LINKS:

 

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Printable PDF Documents that I have developed:

Speech-Language Therapy information brochure

The link between language, auditory processing and reading and spelling difficulties

Speech-Language Therapy in Mainstream Schools



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