Nicola Sowah

Speech-Language Therapist

Nicola

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. Every child is an individual.

I 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
  • Children in need of Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • 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)

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)

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or to book an appointment:

Cell: 082 224 5090

Email: nicola.speech@gmail.com

Click on the link to view my  Facebook page

Services are available in English (Nicola, Karen and Bianca) and Afrikaans (Karen and Bianca)

 

NEWS:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/5/2015:

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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02/04/2014

Happy World Autism Awareness day!

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27/03/2014

CDC Report: 1 in 68 U.S. Children have Autism Spectrum Disorder:

20/02/2014

Amazing- a non-verbal young man with Autism releases his first single. Have a look here.

15/12/2013

Nelson Mandela and Children

29/07/2013

An absolute MUST WATCH: Carly Fleischman explains first-hand why children with Autism ‘stim.’

28/07/2013

Forbes published the following statement based on the recent report by  the CDC (Centre for Disease Control  and Prevention USA):

‘You will probably see a lot of headlines about the 1 in 50. Some organizations might even try to use those numbers to scare people, to talk about an “epidemic” or a “tsunami.” But if you look at the numbers and the report itself, you’ll see that overall, the numbers of people born with autism aren’t necessarily increasing dramatically. It’s just that we’re getting better and better at counting them. The next step is getting better at accepting autistic people, seeing their potential, and ensuring the supports and resources they need to fulfill that potential.’

08/07/2013

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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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01/05/2013: Please note that I got married in April and that my surname is now SOWAH.

 

2nd of April: Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Only through educating people about Autism and raising awareness can we reach more children.

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Breaking news! U.S. Autism Estimates climb to 1 in 50 school-age children! Read the news here.

 

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

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Interesting Articles:

10/11/2013

New study showing that hyper-connected neurons in children with Autism may cause social symptoms

19/07/2013

New study that shows an underlying  biological basis for Sensory Processing Disorders.

02/07/2013

A very interesting article which supports the fact that we need to create extra motivation for children with Autism to communicate. Use what they like and unlock their inner voice!

Read the article here

20/05/2013

Ways to communicate with a non-verbal child. Click on this link to read the article.

02/04/2013

South Africans making a difference to raise awareness on World Autism Awareness Day.  Check it out here

23/03/2013

A useful article on helping children with Autism- provides teaching strategies and parenting tips. Read here

16/03/2013

Read about the benefits of using an ipad in Speech-Language Therapy sessions.

 

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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