Hello my name is Tayla, I studied at the University of Cape Town and completed my undergraduate Honours degree in Speech and Language Pathology in 2017. Additionally, I have completed my DIR: Floortime professionals course and am a qualified DIR: Floortime practitioner. After graduating, I spent 2 years working in South Africa’s public sector within a large tertiary hospital. This was an invaluable experience as I had the opportunity to work with children and adults with an array of difficulties. Thereafter, I spent a year working at our sister company the Kids First Clinic SA where I primarily worked with early years children. I started working in the United Kingdom for Words First in 2021, with my particular areas of interest including, autism spectrum conditions, sensory integration and early years. I feel passionate about intervention taking an interdisciplinary approach and ensuring that each child and their family has access to individualised, holistic care to assist them in reaching their utmost potential within all areas of life. As I currently work primarily at the Kids First Clinic, I am afforded the opportunity to work closely with each child and their family, tailoring their targets specifically to their areas of need and ensuring all team members around the child can work effectively together in achieving these. Working within Words First has given me access to a wealth of knowledge by learning from other SaLT’s within the team and ensuring continuous development throughout my career.
I love trying to find creative ways to engage and interest clients during our sessions, this might include sensory boxes filled with rainbow rice or pasta, and in my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking. If you had to call my best friend and ask her to describe me, I think she would describe me as loyal, caring and accountable.