Karen Levin, Ph.D Speech Therapist, Johannesburg
This is an animal friendly practice. People who are allergic to animals OR who do not like to be around animals are unfortunately not able to attend this practice! Apologies to those who are excluded.
083 264 1697
25 Zonda Avenue,
Karen Levin, PhD
Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist
Johannesburg, South Africa
This is an animal-friendly practice. I cannot acccomodate those who do not want to be in the presence of animals or who are allergic. Apologies to those who are excluded.
About Karen Levin
I qualified at Wits University as a Speech Therapist and Audiologist, obtained my Masters degree in Speech Pathology at Wits, and my Doctoral degree (PhD) in Psychology at Stellenbosch University. My PhD was conducted in a department of psychology - that's why it is a PhD in psychology - because I chose to be supervised by a professor of psychology who is a leading authority in the field of critical disability, but the topic of my dissertation was about the communication of adults with cerebral palsy. I am a speech-language therapist, not a psychologist. I am registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa as a Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist.
I began my professional career with a year as a junior lecturer in the Department of Logopaedics at the University of Cape Town, and then as a speech therapist and audiologist in the state hospital system in Johannesburg. For almost a decade I worked at Forest Town School where I gained invaluable experience working with children with cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, and intellectual disability. I then took on a position at the University of the Witwatersrand where, for 17 years, I lectured, supervised students providing speech-language therapy and audiology, and conducted research. I was the Head of the Division of Speech Pathology for a few years, and for a period of time was the Head of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Wits. I left Wits to start a private speech-language therapy practice in Victory Park, Johannesburg.
I have attended a number of professional development courses (e.g. PROMPT; Talk Tools; Tiny Handz; CVI Range) and completed the 8-week basic Neurodevelopmental Therapy course as well as numerous refresher courses. In 2018 I completed a 6-month course through The University of Cape Town in association with the South African Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA) and obtained a postgraduate certificate in "Foundations of Medico-Legal Practice". In 2022 I completed a 2-week course on cerebral visual impairment taught by Christine Roman Lantzy and was trained in using the CVI Range.
I am on the editorial board of the international journal, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and review articles for a number of local and international journals.
I was the Communications Director of the South African Medico-Legal Association 2021/2, and am a registered Medico-Legal Practitioner.
I am a member of The South African Speech-Language and Hearing Association and The South African Medico Legal Association
When I was very young, I did 'speech and drama' and went on to qualify as a speech and drama teacher by earning two diplomas, an, ATCL and LTCL through the Trinity College of Music, London.
In my practice I see children with a range of communication impairments, and I also see adults, but I restrict my daily work with adults to those who have sustained traumatic head injuries and those who have cerebral palsy. I prefer to refer all other adults to my colleagues where appropriate. Because of my lifelong interest in communication disorders of a neurological nature (such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and genetic syndromes), I carry out assessments for medico-legal purposes as well. I do not employ other speech-language therapists but conduct all work myself. I refer to local audiologists for hearing tests when required
Some personal trivia
I am married and am the mother of two young men. I am a compost maker, love gardening, and am a serious animal person.
I adore ballet, theatre, and movies. And pottery and ceramics. And watching the clouds move.
I drink weak cappuccinos or rooibos tea with cold milk. And Joko and Five Roses tea too.