Meet The Speechworx Team

Ashley CEOAshley de Klerk (ne Coetzee, practice owner)

  • BSc Speech- Language Pathology (UP) 2015
  • Vital Stimulation trained therapist (Dysphagia) 2017
  • It Takes Two to Talk (Hanen) for early communication intervention 2017
  • Read for Africa (Literacy and Dyslexia) 2017
  • The feeding Symposium (2016)
  • Spelling to communicate (Autism) 2017
  • PROMPT Therapist 2019

Ashley strives to empower parents and caregivers. Ashley has experience and a special interest in autism. She hopes to reach out and open the world of communication to non- verbal children and aid in providing them with their unique voice. Ashley has a passion to grow and learn in the extensive field of paediatrics, and to work closely with children and their caregivers. Ashley is a mother of two boys and one girl and has been with Hope Studio since 2018.

AshleighAshleigh Van Eden

  • BSc Speech-Language Pathology (UCT) 2017
  • PROMPT Therapist 2020

Ashleigh has experience with both adults and children of various ages and difficulties. Early Childhood Intervention and paediatric feeding difficulties are her noted interests and is currently doing her Masters in Early Intervention. She is passionate about personal and societal progression and aims to make a difference in the lives of the children she provides therapy to.

Lauren Ross Speech TherapistLauren Ross

  • BA Speech-language Pathology (University of Pretoria) 2018
  • Masters: ‘The use of non- word keywords in the speech assessment of English second language learners’ (University of Pretoria) 2019

While in her community service, Lauren gained experience working with English second language children and children with special needs. In 2020 she moved to Johannesburg and started at Hope Studio. She is passionate about working with children with special needs, articulation disorders and language delays

Kayli Speech TherapistKayli Altmuner

  • BA Speech Therapist and Audiologist (WITS) 2018

Kayli has a passion for paediatrics, specifically Early Communication Intervention (ECI) and feeding. She received the SASLHA prize for the best final year student Speech Pathology Clinical, as well as the Pierre De Villiers Pienaar prize for the best student in speech and language pathology (clinical). Over the past year, Kayli has gained critical people skills in patient engagement, compassion, empathy, integrity and encouragement. Kayli looks forward to growing her knowledge and skills within the private setting.

Gabriella Speech TherapistGabriella Selikson

  • BA Speech-Language Pathology (Wits) 2018
  • PROMPT Therapist 2020

Gabi studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and qualified as a speech therapist and audiologist in 2018. She received the AB Clemons award for the best final year research project and is in the process of publishing an article in an international journal.

Gabi completed her community service year at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in 2019 where she worked with the paediatric and adult neuro population as well as providing audiology services. Through this year she gained invaluable experience which taught her perseverance, compassion and to advocate for those who can’t themselves.

Gabi has a passion for early childhood intervention with a keen interest in optimizing communication in the special needs population. She has completed training in Makaton (levels 1-4) and has recently been trained in PROMPT.

Gabi joined the Therapy Worx team in January 2020 and is excited about all she’ll learn from the special people who walk through her door!