Sumaya Babamia

Speech Language Therapist

Doctoral Candidate


Sumaya is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education, University of Cape Town under the supervision of Professor Karin Murris. She graduated with a BA (Speech and Hearing Therapy) and MA (Speech-Language Pathology) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sumaya has worked extensively with children from birth to school age who present with speech-language and communication difficulties such as autism and neurogenic disorders, neuro-developmental therapy, early childhood intervention as well as alternative and augmentative communication. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools and private practices in Johannesburg. In addition she has taught at the University of the Witwatersrand in the capacity of lecturer and clinical supervisor. Sumaya’s theoretical-practical areas of interest relate to emerging intervention practices for children with complex, communication needs, onto-epistemic justice for dis-abled children within learning and therapeutic settings, decolonizing practices in education, postqualitative research methods and transdisciplinary research engagement. Her current research looks at the use of the Philosophy for Children pedagogy with autistic children using a posthumanist praxis.