Sonja Higham (AAC focused Physiotherapist)
After completing her Physiotherapy degree at Stellenbosch University, Sonja moved to a rural hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, eventually heading up the Therapy Department. In that time, Sonja completed her Honours and Masters in AAC through the Center for AAC, University of Pretoria and also assisted in setting up a special needs school, working with a number of the students in AAC. Sonja started Speak2Me after moving to the Cape Town area in 2011.
“It is all about that ‘a-ha’ moment when one suddenly connects with an AAC user and real communication begins. There is an ecstatic joy in a person when they realise they have been understood, after having been trapped in silence for so long.”
Samantha de Freitas (AAC focused Speech Therapist)
Samantha worked in a rural town in the Northern Cape,within an integrated multidisciplinary team, after graduating from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Speech-Language Pathology. She is enthusiastic and enjoys working with the special needs population.
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said… and in time providing a voice to the voiceless”
Kristyn du Toit (AAC focused Speech Therapist)
After completing her degree, B in Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy, at Stellenbosch University in 2015, Kristyn worked her community service year at Potchefstroom Hospital in the North-West province. Kristyn has an absolute passion for working within the paediatric population.
“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”
Cris Higham (Technology and Development)
Cris has a passion for knowledge and discovering new things. This has lead to a diverse career history, having worked as a Mechanical Engineer, Application Developer, High School Teacher and Financial Manager. It also drives Cris to solve the ‘problems’ that arise, in providing AAC solutions to Speak2Me clients.
“I believe anything is possible, given enough time, money and perseverance. The fun is in getting it to work.”
Faldielah Gaidien (Administration Assistant)
Faldielah comes to us from the retail sector, having a passion for retail, the hustle and bustle of the industry. She built her career, by working in multiple departments within a big national company, from Operations Assistant to the Operations Executive. She has worked in various industries, such as retail banking, operations, Insurance broker, to running her own business as a caterer.
“Lead with your heart and your life will follow.”