THE CENTRE TEAM
The Society for Language and Hearing Impaired Children (SLAHIC) which trades as the Children’s Communication Centre (the Centre) is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO). The SLAHIC management committee is involved in the governance of the Centre. The chairman is Patrick Munyembate.
The management committee comprises the chairman; three current/past parents; a representative from the School of Human and Community Development (Wits); a representative from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology (Wits); a HPCSA allied professional: the Centre’s administrator: and the Centre C0-Heads.
The management committee appoints the Centre Heads to manage the Centre. The management committee meet regularly throughout the year.
The day-to-day running of the Centre is managed by the two Co-Heads: Nicole Chesler and Lindsay Segal who are speech-language therapists.
The Centre has 8 speech-language therapists, one of which also works as a audiologist, 3 occupational therapists, 2 physiotherapist and 1 music therapist.
The teachers and teaching assistants at the Centre receive ongoing in-service training in working with children with speech, language, hearing and communication difficulties.
The Centre also employs an administrator-fundraiser, receptionist, bookkeeper, cleaner and security guard.
Parents are an essential part of their child’s team. Parents are encouraged to regularly observe therapy and teachers communicate with parents frequently.
In addition to this ongoing communication between therapists/teachers and parents, one formal observation and one formal feedback session a year are scheduled for each child.
The formal observation involves the child’s parents, together with one of the Centre Heads, observing the child in the classroom. The formal feedback session involves the child’s therapy team, teacher and one of the Centre Heads meeting together with the child’s parents to discuss the child’s progress.