Speech and language therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. Patients range from children whose speech is slow to develop, to older people whose ability to speak has been impaired by illness or injury. It also includes treatment for those who have difficulty with eating or swallowing.
Our speech therapist, Jacqueline Schoeman, completed a BA degree in Languages and ended top of her class in her Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy degree at Stellenbosch University. After doing her community service year at Uitenhage Provincial hospital, she decided to further pursue a masters at Pretoria University in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
What is AAC?
AAC refers to a field of research, clinical, and educational practice aimed at assisting individuals with severe communication disabilities who struggle to express themselves adequately using speech and/or struggle to comprehend spoken language. Jacqueline’s research specifically focused on the latter - finding ways to support persons with comprehension disorders post stroke, and she was able to successfully co-author and publish an article in the international journal of Aphasiology.
Apart from her love for AAC, Jacqueline has a special interest in neurorehabilitation, specifically swallowing disorders (dysphagia), but will be seeing both children and adults with various speech, language and swallowing difficulties at our Lorraine branch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She has experience in various acute -, rehabilitation -, outpatient- and school settings.
Jacqueline believes, as Megan Hodge so aptly stated, that a career in speech therapy challenges you to use your intellect (the talents of your mind) in combination with your humanity (the gifts in your heart) to do meaningful work that feeds your soul.
Jacqueline matriculated in 2008 in Bredasdorp, Western Cape, and has since then completed a BA degree in Languages and ended top of her class in her Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy degree at Stellenbosch University. After doing her community service year at Uitenhage Provincial hospital, she decided to further pursue a masters at Pretoria University in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Elizma Strydom, the newest addition to the Bay Life Centre team, brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for speech-language pathology. Elizma's academic journey culminated in a BSc in Speech Language Pathology from the prestigious University of Cape Town, laying a solid foundation for her career. Following her graduation, Elizma embarked on a transformative year of community service in the rural regions of Transkei. It was during this period that she developed a profound interest in working with the paediatric population, particularly those with special needs. This experience not only honed her skills but also deepened her commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children facing communication challenges.>
For two years, Elizma dedicated herself to working closely with children, employing innovative approaches and compassionate care to support their development. Her dedication and the positive impact she made on these young lives underscored her commitment to the field. Yet, Elizma's thirst for knowledge and her desire to expand her expertise led her to explore another facet of speech-language pathology. She decided to broaden her scope to include adult neurology, recognizing the importance of offering support across all ages and the unique challenges adult patients face.
At the Bay Life Centre, Elizma Strydom is now poised to apply her extensive knowledge, her experience with both paediatric and adult populations, and her passion for speech-language pathology. Her journey from the academic halls of the University of Cape Town to the rural communities of Transkei, and her subsequent specialization in adult neurology, equip her with a unique blend of skills and insights. Elizma's dedication to her profession and her patients makes her a valuable addition to the Bay Life Centre team, where she will undoubtedly continue to make a significant impact on the lives of those she works with.