Joanna Reintges

Joanna Reintges

SaLT

BSc Speech Language Pathology 

Hello, my name is Jo.  I qualified with a BSc in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2019. I then went on to work in a small hospital in rural KwaZulu-Natal, where I was the only Speech and Language Therapist servicing the district. I had the amazing opportunity to work closely with the community and with all age groups. It was this experience that highlighted my passion for working with school-aged children.  Since starting at Words First, I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with teachers and teaching assistants to encourage and support them in creating communication-friendly classrooms.  What I absolutely love about Words First is the opportunity to grow and develop as a therapist, and I feel grateful to be part of such a supportive team.  Coffee and the outdoors are my favourite pastimes! In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking and finding new coffee spots. The book that has had the biggest impact on my life is  When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. I love this book because it really highlights how precious and fleeting life is!