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Alafiya received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Truman State University in 2009 and Masters in Speech and Language Pathology from University of Texas at Dallas 2011. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and a member in good standing of the Health and Professionals Council UK (HCPC). She has been a practicing SLT since 2011 and has worked in America, India, and the United Kingdom. She currently works for the NHS as a full-time therapist.
Alafiya specialises in dysphagia (swallowing disorders), acquired communication disorders (such as communication problems after a stroke or traumatic brain injury), neurological rehabilitation (such as rehabilitation for neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Motor Neuron Disease, etc.), and case-by-case basis for paediatric communication and swallowing problems. She also has expertise in training other healthcare professionals, nurses, and healthcare assistants. She is fluent in multiple languages including Gujarati, Urdu, and Hindi. The ethos of Alafiya Sachak’s practice as a SLT is to support and help that positive hope come as close to reality for her clients, families and caregivers.
Areas of interest
Swallowing Disorders; Aphasia; Apraxia; Dysarthria; Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders; Augmentative & Alternative Communication; Neurological Conditions; Stroke; Traumatic brain injury; Neurodegenerative Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, MND; Dementia; Parkinson's Disease; Autism
Current NHS consultant posts held
Head of Adult Speech and Language Therapy, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Culture, Travel, Good music
•3rd place Award for Quality Improvement Poster Presentation, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, 2017
•Clinical Achievement Award, Staff Excellence Awards 2016, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
•Clarke Family Scholarship recipient for research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011
•Graduate Honorary Scholarship, University of Texas at Dallas, 2010
•Kirksville Rotary Club International Scholar
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Gujarati - Native or bilingual
- Urdu - Native or bilingual
- Hindi - Fluent
Sachak A.(Nasrulla, A), Petry M. (2009). Attitudes toward computer-assisted reduction among college students who speak English as a Second Language. Kirskville, MO: Communication Disorders Program, Truman State University.
• Paula S. Cochran Ph.D., CCC-SLP & Janet Gooch Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Faculty Mentors
• Presented at the 50th Annual Missouri Speech, Language and Hearing Association Conference (March 2009) and awarded 1st place
Sachak A (Nasrulla A)., Thomas E., Williams L., Eberly S., DuHadway C., Petry M., Wecke T., and Siemann P (2008). Giving a child a voice: Boardmaker Activity Pad Explorations. Kirksville, MO: 21st Annual Student Research Conference, Truman State University.
• Paula S. Cochran Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Faculty Mentor
- Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology University of Texas at Dallas 2011
- Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Truman State Univeristy 2009
Affiliations / memberships
American Speech Language and Hearing Association
Health and Care Professions Council
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.