SAHETI School


Speech and Language Therapists

Elena Philippou

Elena Philippou

Speech & Language Therapist

Contact Elena: philippoue@gmail.com

Elena Philippou pursued her B.A. Hons in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, through the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating cum laude in 2005. Following a year's community service at Johannesburg General working with disorders in patients facing varied communicative obstacles, Elena took advantage of the opportunity for international travel, moving to the United Kingdom. On returning to South Africa in 2008, Elena was appointed as a Speech Language Therapist at SAHETI School. In 2009, Elena completed her INTESOL (International Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification, equipping her with the skills to target and stimulate emerging language in learners who are not of English speaking background. In 2012, Elena completed her Masters in Audiology exploring the impact of Motor Neuron Disease on the Auditory System. The research outcomes linked to this study were internationally published in the textbook "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Symptoms, Treatment & Diagnosis". She has worked passionately over the past 8 years to provide SAHETI learners with high level therapeutic service and prides herself on running a practice based on transparency, open communication and above all, service based on sound therapeutic practice and continuing professional development. She has particular interest in exploring the treatment approaches for auditory processing development, and considers intervention for phonological awareness skills as a precursor to literacy development to be one of the most personally rewarding and crucial areas of development in school-aged learners.

Desi Nicolopoulos

Desi Nicolopoulos

Speech & Language Therapist

Contact Desi: desi.nicolopoulos@gmail.com

Desi Nicolopoulos [B.A. Hons (Speech Pathology and Audiology), B.A. Hons (General Psychology), TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)] is a speech-language therapist and audiologist working at SAHETI School. Desi completed her Speech Pathology and Audiology degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by her honours in Psychology, before doing her community service year at Alexandra Clinic. Thereafter, the community service year, Desi decided to do a course on teaching English to second-language speakers in order to be better equipped to teach these particular learners. Her interest lies in working with school-aged children who have speech, language and learning difficulties.

Nektaria Stivastis

Nektaria Stivastis

Speech & Language Therapist

Contact Nektaria: nektaria.stivastis@gmail.com

Nektaria Stivastis [M.Sc (Speech Pathology), B.A. Hons (Speech Pathology and Audiology)] is a speech-language therapist and audiologist working within the multidisciplinary team of SAHETI School. Nektaria completed her undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and went on to complete a Masters of Science degree at City University London. Her interest lies in working with school-aged children presenting with language and learning difficulties.