REGISTERED SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPISTS
We are passionate about facilitating confidence in young people
The Reading Language Gym is run by registered Speech and Language Therapists who have all undergone theoretical and practical training courses in language and literacy. All therapists meet regularly to discuss current trends in the field of language challenges. The founder is Elizabeth Nadler-Nir (MSc Speech and Language Therapy).
Founder and Director
Elizabeth graduated in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1992. She worked as part of a multi-disciplinary centre (psychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy) for four years. She then opened her own practice and received her master’s degree speech and language pathology with distinction. Her research project focused on early intervention for dyslexia within a disadvantaged community.
Elizabeth designed and taught the course on dyslexia at UCT’s Speech Therapy Department for a number of years and facilitated a number of masters’ students in the department over the years. She runs courses for teachers and colleagues and loves to make theories simple and practical. Her driving force is to remove any sense of shame around learning challenges and get people of all ages to read and express themselves verbally and on paper. Elizabeth lives with her husband, two children and many books.
Luanne van Zyl
Luanne graduated from UCT in 1998 with a BSc Logopaedics which was a dual degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She took up a post in the Cochlear Implant Unit at Tygerberg Hospital where she was involved with both the technical aspects and rehabilitation of the patients. She then moved to The Dominican Grimley School for the Deaf where she worked for a number of years. Her most successful project at the school was to get funding from the Mayor’s Office to purchase new hearing aids for many of the pupils at the school. Luanne obtained her Master’s Degree in Central Auditory Processing Disorders in 2003. After starting a family, she worked part time as a clinical supervisor at UCT before taking a position at The Reading Language Gym when it opened in 2007.
Jean Patterson is a Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from UCT in 1994. After working for the Barrett-Bloch Speech Therapy Practice, she spent three years in London working in clinics and developing a mainstream school service. On returning to Cape Town, she started her own practice and spent ten years working in Kenilworth before moving to The Reading Language Gym. She loves literacy work with all ages, although her particular field of interest is working with adolescents.
Lyndall graduated from the University of Cape Town as a Speech-Language Therapist in 2014. She completed her community service year in a rural hospital in Mpumalanga – quite a different and eye-opening experience! She joined the Reading and Language Gym in 2016. She loves anything to do with words and hopes to share that passion with the children. She also has a particular interest in working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Shannon graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2010 with a BSc in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in the area of education and literacy for the past eight years. During this time, she has been part of multidisciplinary teams in schools and in private practices. Shannon has a keen interest in supporting the learning and literacy development of adolescents.
Kate Rossouw (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Kate Rossouw is a Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from UCT in 2012. After completing community service in Grahamstown, she returned to Cape Town and worked as a locum speech therapist at a school with learning difficulties and at a private practice in Monte Vista. She also worked with student speech therapists from UCT, supervising at clinical placements and providing tutorials. In 2015, she started her Master’s degree with an interest in bilingual children with speech disorders. She moved to The Reading Gym in 2015. Kate is particularly interested in multilingual children and their speech and literacy development.
Rabia Mohidien qualified as a Speech and Language Pathologist in 2002. After completing her community service at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2003, she started working as a private therapist at Pro Ed House School in Rondebosch, a school that specifically caters for children who learn differently. It was this experience that created the love for working with children with learning disabilities and dyslexia. In 2007, after having her first baby, Rabia opened up her own practice at Oakley House School in Diep River, where she stayed for five years. At the beginning of 2012, Rabia followed her dream of working with Elizabeth and joined The Reading Language Gym in order to further her knowledge and continue her work with children.
Jane le Roux
Jane le Roux is a therapist at The Reading Language Gym and works part-time as a Senior Clinical Educator for Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. An experienced clinician, her work focuses on children’s speech, language and literacy development and ways to empower families, teachers and students to promote communication and learning in under-resourced contexts.
Judy graduated from UCT in 1994 with a dual qualification as a speech-language therapist and audiologist. She spent 15 months working in Khayelitsha, setting up a speech therapy and audiology department at Noluthando School for the Deaf. Judy then spent 8 years working in the UK, ending up as a specialist speech and language therapist working with deaf children with additional needs and on the paediatric cochlear implant team at the Royal National Ear Nose and Throat Hospital in London. She obtained her M.Sc at City University in 2004, along with an Advanced Clinical Skills Diploma in working with deaf people. Judy returned to South Africa at the end of 2004 to start a family. She worked part-time as a clinical supervisor and lecturer at UCT and has run a small school-based private practice in Wynberg since 2009. She joined the Reading Language Gym in October 2020.
Susan Brown qualified as a speech and language therapist from UCT in 2006. She completed her community service at a rural hospital in KZN and then worked at a well-established paediatric private practice in Durban for two years. In 2010 she moved to London and worked at an independent school for children with special educational needs and then for the NHS as a highly specialist speech therapist, in a special needs’ preschool. She completed her masters in Language and Communication Impairment in Children at the University of Sheffield part-time and graduating in 2016. After six and a half years in the UK, she moved back to Cape Town and has worked part time for UCT supervising the students at their clinical placements and also at a local private practice.
Shannon graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2018 with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and completed her community service year in a tertiary hospital in Johannesburg. She returned to Cape Town and worked in a private practice in Cape Town for just under 2 years. She worked with a wide range of adult and young patients, covering areas such as stroke, developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. However, school age learners with challenges in language and literacy was her area of passion. She feels very fortunate to have joined the Reading Language Gym team in 2021 so that she can deepen her area of interest.
Alison started her career in the financial services industry working for an accounting practice and then an independent investment consultant. In 2007 Alison moved to London where she worked for a group of private GPs. On her return to Cape Town, she was the administration manager for a gym for four years. She joined our team as our office manager in 2014.