Speech therapy for children with special needs
PLEASE NOTE Our therapists operate independently from OWL Day Care and their fees are NOT included in our school fees. Please find the respective therapists contact details below:
- B. Communication Pathology in Speech Pathology (University of Pretoria)
Lauren completed her studies at the University of Pretoria where she did her dissertation on feeding principles with children with cerebral palsy. She completed her community service year at Johannesburg Metro Clinics and thereafter spent time abroad in Korea teaching English. When returning to South Africa, Lauren worked in remedial schools, special needs schools and a multi-disciplinary therapy centre in Johannesburg. She has a passion for working with children with special needs and has offered community outreach to an NGO for individuals with cerebral palsy and a school for children on the autism spectrum. Lauren is currently doing her masters in Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria.
Therapy and Assessments
Therapy usually happens on a one-to-one basis. Parent/care-giver involvement is encouraged to ensure both parent and child are empowered with the skills needed to help in the home and school environment. We also recognise the importance of the proper education and training of parents and teachers, and thus do parent-based intervention as well as school-visits to ensure carry over of skills occurs.
Sessions range between 30 – 60 minutes and are held based on the needs and availability of the child.
Assessments are conducted as a once-off or as dynamic (ongoing) manner. This helps the therapist establish a base-line for skills that have not yet developed, helps set aspirational and realistic goals, and aims to provide measurable outcomes when re-assessment occurs.
Our Special Interests
The drive behind the practice is its passionate interest in the following disorders:
- Early intervention and language stimulation with delayed and/or at risk infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers
- Special needs conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, genetic conditions and syndromes
- School-aged language and academic support, such as reading and phonics as well as language specific difficulties
- Auditory processing and aural-rehab therapy
- Speech therapy for articulation, stuttering and apraxia
- Feeding therapy for any feeding related issues, both structural and functional