Nicola Sowah

Speech-Language Therapists



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
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • 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)

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

Hosted and attended “Spelling to Communicate” workshops with Elizabeth Vosseller in October 2018 in Pretoria and Cape Town





Nicola Sowah (practice owner)

Cell: 082 224 5090









Bianca Nel

Cell: 082 334 5585









Simone Zevenster

Cell: 078 350 5483










Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or to book an appointment. Services are available in ENGLISH  and AFRIKAANS

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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


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.










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.










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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.


Some Speech-Language Therapy humour:



Today is Apraxia Awareness day – everybody deserves a voice.



Nelson Mandela and Children


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



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


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

our education system


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


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.

. down syndrome day


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






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