Meet Vocalsaints

Expert Treatment for Speech, Language, Voice & Swallowing Disorders.

Vocalsaints is directed by Sarah Campbell, a fully qualified and experienced Speech-Language Therapist, who offers high-quality services to children and adults with a variety of needs. She is committed to making an impact that reaches beyond the clinical environment, also providing support and guidance for caregivers as part of clients’ treatment. Where necessary, Sarah collaborates closely with other professionals, including the Ministry of Education’s public sector Speech-Language Therapists. She prioritises a smooth and speedy link with Audiologists, Otolaryngoloists (Ear-Nose-Throat Specialists), Paediatricians, Lactation Consultants, Paediatricians and Clinical Psychologists. This ensures that our clients’ needs are fully met, in a timely manner.

Introducing Sarah Campbell, MSLT

Sarah received her Masters in Speech-Language Therapy Practice from the University of Auckland, as well as a Bachelor of Arts: Major in Linguistics, Minor in Japanese from Waikato University. Her Masters’ thesis gathered norms for children 5;6 to 5;11 years old for the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology assessment – a system for measuring children’s speech development and gauging the point at which they may need specialist intervention.
 
Sarah proficiently supports a wide range of communication needs, with her experience being the most extensive around speech sound production, Auditory Processing Disorder, and issues related to language processing (an often mis-understood area). Sarah is a member of the New Zealand Speech Therapy Association and undergoes regular up-skilling, to ensure our clients receive the latest evidence-based treatment. She is proudly qualified in the following programmes, which she integrates into her therapeutic approach where suitable:

  • The Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk Program
  • The Hanen: More Than Words Program
  • The Hanen: Target Word Program
  • The Lidcombe Programme for Stuttering
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

With three young and active boys of her own, Sarah understands the needs of parents well and has a range of techniques and strategies to effectively implement therapy targets within the busy home-life. Sarah loves technology and uses this when working as a Speech-Language Therapist. She has been heavily involved with Toastmasters, from committee roles including Club President, to competing in and winning various speech and evaluation competitions.

Introducing Desma D’Souza, MSLS

Desma D’Souza, MSLS, obtained her Masters’ degree in Speech and Language Sciences from the University of Canterbury. Her undergraduate degree is a dual-Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (BASLP). Desma’s Masters’ dissertation examined the influence of phonotactic probability (a measure of how commonly a given speech sound occurs) on the nonword repetition accuracy aspect of a commonly used test of preschoolers’ early language development – the Test of Early Nonword Repetition (TENR).
 
Desma is able to draw upon experience from having supported a wide range of communication issues, but has particular depth of knowledge in assisting children with Autism, phonological disorders, hearing impairment and/or cochlear implants.
 
Desma specialises in providing treatment for bi-lingual or multi-lingual families, being fluent in four languages herself. She has a thorough understanding of and empathy for the challenges faced when learning English as a second language. Desma is dedicated to learning Te Reo Maori as her fifth language!
 
Before joining Vocalsaints, she worked as a Speech-Language Therapist at the Ministry of Education’s Hamilton branch, and earlier, at an Autism-focussed Early Learning Centre in Karnataka, South India. In her spare time, Desma enjoys painting and music, in particular, playing the violin and piano.