About Me

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I started off my speech therapy journey by completing my undergraduate degree at
University of Cape Town. It was during this time that I quickly knew that I wanted to work with young children. And not just any children. Those with feeding difficulties, special needs such as autism and cerebral palsy, and those little ones whose eyes have so many stories to
tell but no real way to tell them.

So began my path. After a year of community service in Johannesburg, I started working at a
school for children with autism. Simultaneously not wanting to lose my passion for feeding and special needs, I completed my Bobath/NDT training, certification in Picture Exchange Communication System; the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS); Makaton and my Master’s degree in speech pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
After some time in Autism and education I felt like I needed to spread my wings a little and I was afforded the opportunity to spend some time volunteering at both the Scotland and Wales Bobath Centres. Additionally, I made my way cross country and was fortunate to complete a course entitled “Diagnostic and intervention in early eating behaviour disorders and tube dependency” at the Psychosomatic division at the University Children’s Clinic, in Graz, Austria. This clinic adopts an interesting multidisciplinary, intensive in-patient approach to feeding disorders.

Upon my return to SA, I consolidated my passion for young infants with special needs and
completed my Advanced Bobath/NDT Baby Course and began working at the Speech Therapy Department at the University of the Witwatersrand lecturing and supervising in the fields of paediatric feeding; paediatric neurogenic communication disorders and early
intervention. I regularly get roped into speaking at parent groups, CPD events and workshops in these fascinating fields.

Academia left my hands feeling a little idle and so I continued to run a paediatric in-patient
speech therapy practice as well as client home-based practice with a case load of predominantly infants and young children with complex feeding disorders and neurogenic communication impairments. My passion for these children and the little lives that made
me love my job to begin with, took over and thus the start of Thrive Therapy Services.

Because every child deserves the opportunity to thrive…