Meet the Team

Nicola Sowah

Nicola Sowah

Speech-Language Therapist
Bianca Nel

Bianca Nel

Speech-Language Therapist
Cayla James

Cayla James

Speech-Language Therapist

Nicola Sowah

I started my practice in 2010 with a desire to reach as many people as possible who have difficulties with communication. My passion lies with the non-, minimally- and unreliably-speaking Autistic population. Although I have experience working in various areas of speech-language therapy, I have personally chosen to focus on this population. I feel there is such a great need and so much misunderstanding around them. I believe that they are smart, underrated and often not given the opportunities that they deserve.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Communication Pathology (Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology) at the University of Pretoria in 2008. I then completed my Master’s degree in Alternative and Augmentative Communication in 2017. I went on to focus on the provision of Augmentative and Alternative Communication at my practice, including the method Spelling to Communicate (S2C).

S2C provides the non-, minimally- and unreliably-speaking population with a generative language system by teaching them to purposefully co-ordinate their brains with their bodies and use spelling as a means of communication. Click here for more information. I am also the director of the organization Spelling to Communicate South Africa, NPC and the first registered S2C practitioner in Africa.

I love working with a great team of therapists and will often be involved in the assessment process of new clients. Despite me personally focussing on the Autistic population, our practice is well-equipped and trained to work with a variety of populations and communication challenges.

When provided with the right opportunities, methodologies and attitudes, I believe that all people are capable of achieving great things. I presume competence in all of my clients and as the quote by Ignacio Estrada goes, if I cannot teach in a way that the person can learn, then I believe in changing the way that I teach.

My qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s of Communication Pathology (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology)- University of Pretoria, 2008, Cum Laude
  • Master of Arts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication- University of Pretoria, 2017, Cum Laude
  • Registered Spelling to Communicate Practitioner, 2019 (first in Africa)
  • Hanen Certified: More Than Words
  • Hanen Certified: It Takes Two To Talk
  • PROMPT Level 1 trained

Contact details:
082 224 5090
nicola.speech@gmail.com

Bianca Nel

My name is Bianca and I am a Speech-Language Therapist that has a passion for young kids and our non-speaking population. I graduated from the University of Pretoria and did my community service year at Steve Biko Academic Hospital. I realized soon in my career that the Autistic population fascinated me and that is where my passion lies. I have been in private practice for over five years. I am also a mom to two beautiful girls, and I believe in involving the family in therapy. It is my dream to one day give a voice to every non-speaker out there. 

Contact details:
082 334 5585
banxi26@gmail.com

Cayla James

Cayla graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2016 and completed her community service year at a government hospital in Rustenburg. Thereafter she joined a school-based speech therapy practice in Midrand. During this time, Cayla completed her Phono-Graphix Reading Therapy certification through Read for Africa. In 2019, Cayla joined the Nicola Sowah Speech and Language Therapy team to further develop her skills in the paediatric field.
Cayla has a special interest in paediatrics and early childhood intervention. She embraces a holistic approach, combining toys and what the child likes to develop their speech, language and communication skills. She provides services at the practice as well as schools around the Pretoria East area.

During her free time, Cayla dabbles in photography; spends time outdoors and thoroughly enjoys reading.

Contact details:
073 346 0996
cayla_james15@yahoo.com