Barbara Solarsh

Discipline chair, Department of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology, University of Durban, Westville, South Africa

Barbara Solarsh is discipline chair in the Department of Speech-language Pathology at the University of Durban-Westville, Durban, South Africa. Areas of research interest include the interface between language and thought, the prevalence of disability in the South African context, alternative and augmentative communication, and the application of communication technology to individuals in a rural context. Prior to joining the University of Durban-Westville, Dr. Solarsh worked as a speech-language therapist and audiologist at a school for children with physical disabilities. She has also developed a “culture-fair” assessment tool for evaluating verbal problem solving and abstract thinking skills of rural Zulu-speaking children. Dr. Solarsh is an executive member of the Natal Institute for Community Health Education, and facilitator of the Valley Trust Rehabilitation Programme. She earned her Ph.D. in communication pathology from the University of Pretoria.


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