Our Team Members
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is an intervention service that focuses on improving a person’s speech and abilities to understand and express language, including nonverbal language, through professional assessments and therapy. Speech therapy is a broad field, and speech-language therapists (SLTs) can help your child with everything from eye contact and turn taking to articulation, language development and sentence construction.
Bea offers speech-language assessment and therapy in Afrikaans and English.
She obtained her degree in 2014 – Bachelor of Communication Pathology (in Speech-Language Pathology) at the University of Pretoria. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. In 2015 she completed her community service year at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital as part of the paediatric team. This is where she developed her passion in working with children.
In 2016 she started working in private practice and gained a great deal of valuable knowledge in treating speech- and language difficulties in school-aged children. She works part-time at Unity College, an independent special needs school.
The nature of the setting in which she has been working has enabled her to help a wide spectrum of paediatric clients.
She takes pleasure in learning new skills and understand the responsibility she holds as an individual and professional. She strongly believes in collaboration between therapists, parents and teachers.
Bea is trained in the PROMPT Technique as well as in the use of the Phono-Graphix Method.
“The essence of human behaviour is speech. Those of us who have spoken so much, so easily, so well, for so long, find it difficult to comprehend the remarkable complexities of communication” (Van Riper, 1972)
Bea offers assessment and treatment of the following for children between the ages of 3 – 12 years:
- Articulation disorders – Difficulty producing certain speech sounds, such as “r” or “s”.
- Phonological processes – Patterns of sound errors that developing children typically use to simplify speech as they are learning to talk, e.g. “tat” instead of “cat”
- Language delays and disorders – The use of simple vocabulary, errors in sentence construction, the use of incorrect pronouns, difficulty answering complex questions and general language delays.
- Auditory perception difficulties – Difficulty blending sounds, (e.g. c-a-t = cat), difficulty identifying first, last and middle sounds in words, difficulty recalling facts of a story, difficulty breaking words down to syllables and adding/removing sounds in words (sound manipulation).
- Early communication intervention – Intervention services that help children with delayed language develop communication and language skills.