Vivienne Norman

Senior Lecturer, Speech-Language Therapy


BSc (Log) UCT 

M Communication Pathology (University of Pretoria)

Teaching area  

Paediatric Dysphagia; Early Communication Intervention

Research interests

  • Paediatric dysphagia
  • Early Communication Intervention

Research focus

My research as well as that of my postgraduate students, focuses on paediatric dysphagia.  Projects include; feeding and swallowing difficulties in infants and children with different underlying medical conditions, such as TB meningitis, tracheostomy, HIV, congenital heart defects; the validation of a dysphagia screening tool for the South African context; support needs and QoL of caregivers of children with dysphagia. I am currently working towards a PhD on dysphagia in infants and children with congenital heart defects.


African Paediatric Fellowship Programme; HPCSA; South African Dysphagia Research and Education Group


Morrow, B.M. & Norman, V. (in press). Food for thought – paediatric critical illness and feeding outcomes. Paediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Norman, V., Louw.B., & Kritzinger, A.(2007). Incidence and Description of Dysphagia in Infants and Toddlers with Tracheostomies: a retrospective review. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 71: 1087-1092.

Pascoe, M., Rogers, C. & Norman, V. (2013). “Are we there yet?” On a journey towards more contextually relevant resources in Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology. SAJCD, 60 (1):2-9.

Norman, V., Singh, S.A., Hittler, T., Jones, N., Kenny, N., Mann, R., McFarlane, S. & Moeng, A. (2011). Indications, medical conditions, and services related to gastrostomy placement in infants and children at a tertiary hospital in South Africa. South African Journal of Child Health, 5(3): 86-89.

Pascoe, M. & Norman, V. (2011). Contextually relevant resources in speech-language therapy and audiology in South Africa – are there any? SAJCD, 58:2-5.

Kathard, H., Norman, V. & Pillay, M. (2010). Configurations of self-identity formations of adults who stutter. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 57: 51-57.