M.Sc (SaLT), M.A (Dyslexia), B.Sc (SaLT Hons)
Hi, my name is Amanda, I’m the Founder and Director of Words First Ltd. I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2001 from the University of Cape Town. After working at a school for children with learning difficulties, I became interested in literacy and completed my MSc in SaLT (Cape Town) and then my MEd in Dyslexia (York). I have worked in many wonderful schools in the UK and in South Africa and have a passion for integrating Speech and Language with Literacy in educational settings. Having built the company from scratch, my role continues to evolve but I am ultimately responsible for everything that Words First is and does. I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved to support children with speech, language, literacy and communication needs in schools and am delighted that we are expanding our team to include OTs.
I have two little girls who keep me very busy when I’m not working. I’m an avid dog lover and have far too many rescue dogs in the house – yes, my husband has banned me from volunteering at the animal welfare! I don’t like cooking, baking or reading but I love the outdoors, particularly mountains, and trail running to get to remote spots where I can breathe and reflect.
If you had to ask my best friend to describe me, she would probably say that I’m useless at communicating (ironic!) but when you need me, I’ll be there. She’d probably say I’m an excellent listener who expects the same in return, I’m brutally honest, even if it’s tough to hear but most importantly, I hope she’d say that despite my ineptitude at keeping in touch, I’m loyal.