Laura Russell

Laura RussellI graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2005 and completed my Community Service year at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Prior to qualifying as a Speech-Language Therapist, I completed a BA in Psychology & Linguistics and worked in London for several years.

I held the position of Senior Speech Therapist at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town for a number of years, where I gained experience in all areas of speech therapy from paediatrics to geriatrics. I later became a Clinical Educator at the University of Cape Town in 2010, where I still work part-time. At UCT, I supervise Speech-Language Therapy students as they undergo their practical training. I also teach the 3rd year BSc course in Voice.

In addition to my part-time post at UCT, I have a private practice which is based in Cape Town, and I consult to clients all over the country via Skype. The management of voice disorders is my particular area of interest. In addition to rehabilitation of injured voices, I have extensive experience in the professional voice through my work with various call centres, where I train agents on voice skills and accent modification. I also provide voice therapy to transgender individuals wishing to develop a voice that is more congruent with their image (typically voice feminisation). I am a speaker coach for TEDx Cape Town (independently organised TED talks). I also provide individualised training to any individual wishing to improve their communication or presentation skills.

I work too with adults with acquired neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury) and dysphagia (swallowing problems). I work at a pre-school three times a week with children who have speech, language or learning challenges.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two little girls who keep me very busy!

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