Jemma Roets - Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist, B Communication Pathology (Speech Therapy & Audiology), Masters in Early Childhood Intervention, PR: 082 000 0451045


Jemma Roets qualified as a Speech-language therapist and Audiologist at the University of Pretoria in 2007. She later completed her Masters degree in Early Childhood Intervention, specialising in severe disabilities, in 2013, at the University of Pretoria. Jemma worked in Gauteng Health District Services from 2008-2012, where she was appointed as the Chief Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist at the end of 2009. She started a private practice at the beginning of 2013. The practice currently includes school-going children with communication disorders, mainly from the ages of 0-6 years old, however older children are also treated.

A personal area of interest is early childhood intervention and the care-taking or caregiver-child environment. The care-taking environment is the

ultimate determinant of the child's developmental outcomes (Shonkoff & Meisels, 2000). In an environment of superior care a child's innate potential is allowed to evolve (UNICEF, 2007). Without such an environment children with disabilities, as well as normal developing children, may not be afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential.

3 Components of parenting that are essential for a child's cognitive development are:

  • cognitive stimulation;
  • caregiver sensitivity and responsiveness to the child;
  • the caregiver's affect or mood.

(Walker, Wachs, Gardner, Lozoff, Wasserman, Pollitt and Carter, 2007). The stimulation from caregivers ensures that the child develops self-confidence, positive affect, task orientation and social behaviour.

Jemma was involved in the development of activity boxes for stimulation of children in their early childhood years. Please see www.skidz.co.za for more information.


  • Speech-language and hearing screening services;
  • Diagnostic speech-language assessment;
  • Speech-language therapy.

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Professional Registrations

  • Health Profession Counsel of South Africa (HPCSA);
  • South African Speech-Language and Hearing Association (SASHLA);
  • Board of Healthcare Finders (BHF).

For registration details please feel free to contact me.

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