I was born and raised in the beautiful Western Cape. The people and children of Cape Town have always been my passion, ever since I can remember.
About Gillian Adonis
Carla le Roux
I was born and raised in Cape Town. Ever since I can remember I have tried to help those in need. I realized through speech therapy I can help others in a very special way.
I completed my Speech-Language- and Hearing Therapy degree in 2017. In 2018 I completed my community service year in Upington, where I had the opportunity to see a wide variety of speech-language- and swallowing-related difficulties.
I firmly believe in advocating for my patients and spreading the message that not being able to communicate does not mean having anything to say.
My approach to therapy is empowering both the patient and caregiver and treating the problem holistically. I don’t only focus on what the problem is, but also how it affecting the person with the problem as well as their loved ones, their daily functioning and the activities they enjoy. I believe in training the caregiver of my patients on how to practice the patient’s speech and language at home and being actively involved in the therapy process.
Speech therapy has given me the chance to be absolutely in love with my job. It has given me the joy of going home knowing I helped a child say their first word, helped someone make a new friend at school by being able to look them in the eye and greet them, or helped a stroke survivor tell a family member they love them.
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”
I am a graduate of the University of Cape Town where I studied both Speech and Language Therapy and a second major in Psychology. Since graduating I have worked mostly in hospitals in the public and private sectors.
I am passionate about all areas of speech and language therapy, but I am especially interested in therapy for children with special educational needs and feeding and swallowing difficulties. I also enjoy working with adult patients, both during their hospital stay and afterward. I am also a tutor at UCT where I help teach student speech therapists about the full spectrum of adult communication and swallowing disorders.
I am very satisfied with the results my son has shown. We have been bringing Zachariah for a while and am amazed at the progress he has made. One never realises the importance of spoken language until you have a child that is unable to communicate with you.