MSc Speech Language Pathology (University of Cape Town)
Elizabeth graduated as a Speech Language therapist in 1992 and worked for many years within multi-disciplinary teams and at schools. In 2007 she began working with a talented team of Speech Language therapists to offer a language based literacy intervention to school age students.
As Elizabeth, a therapist, mentor and lecturer in her peer community honed her skills over the years, it became apparent that not only did she have to turn children away because the need exceeded the capacity of her practice, but that there were also many problem readers who could neither afford therapy nor gain access to therapists or reading centres. How to solve these problems? The idea of the Virtual Reading Gym (VRG) was born. Together with her co Executive Directors, David Lewis and Natalia Pereira, Elizabeth spent three years developing an affordable and accessible online programme where remedial readers work with a mentor.
Elizabeth is passionate about helping more children to read and she doesn’t only want them reading confidently – she wants them to love it.