Alisha Patel

Speech & Language Therapist

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I specialize in working with the paediatric population with language delay or deviancy, articulation and/or feeding issues. I have also worked with adults with neuro-communication disorders and dysphagia and have completed my dissertation in creating a treatment manual for adults who have word-finding difficulties.

After working with various therapists over the years, I realised the importance of using a holistic approach for the treatment provided and sharing this form of approach with other therapists for professional development. I have developed an online portal called “Uncleft” wherein experts from various fields share their expertise on a topic which in turn will help train professionals and students. 


I take keen interest in observing and learning best practices of experienced therapists and then applying them in my own therapy. 

I believe that when we work on something continually and “be at it” (keep practising it), then over time,  not only do we end up achieving our goals, but surpassing them.

I have completed my Bachelors in Audiology and Speech-Language pathology from Topiwala National medical college (Nair hospital) followed with a Master's degree in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology from Manipal University. I am certified by the Rehab Council of India and hold a Clinical Competence Certificate (CCC-SLP) from ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association). I have also received training in Oral Placement Therapy and Makaton.

Ridhika Shah is the founder of The Pollyanna Practice. She is also a consulting Speech Language Therapist and the ‘Grandstand Coordinator’ at ‘The Gateway School of Mumbai’

Ridhika holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology from TN medical college & B.Y.L Nair charitable hospital, Mumbai and is a gold medalist in the state of Maharashtra for her final year graduation program. She is certified by the Rehab Council of India and is a member of ISHA (Indian Speech & Hearing Association). She has also received training and is certified by Hanen. 

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Alisha has been in clinical practice for more than 15 years, and has been a part of a variety of different set ups, ranging from schools, hospitals, early intervention centres and therapy clinics. She has had the opportunity to work with a diverse caseload, right from infants to 80+adults, and has had extensive experience in evaluating and treating speech, language and feeding disorders, along with dabbling in diagnostic audiology. Currently, she is a speech therapist and lower school section co ordinator at The Gateway School of Mumbai. Collaboration and teamwork are her strengths, and she thrives in a multi- disciplinary setting.

My Beliefs

Alisha believes every single individual has a right to communication,freedom of opinion and expression.And through motivation and commitment,, in depth knowledge and reflection, teamwork and collaboration, consistent effort and support, and the belief in an individual’s dynamism, we can ensure as a community, that every individual is heard, understood and accepted.

My Interests

For Alisha, speech therapy is her “ikigai”! She loves interacting with people,the outdoors,reading in a quiet nook with a view, and binge watching period dramas and psychological thrillers.

My Qualifications & Achievements

Alisha has completed her Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Topiwala National Medical College (Nair Hospital), Mumbai. She has an M.Sc. in Psychotherapy and Counseling from The Indian Institute Psychotherapy and Management Studies, Mumbai. She engages in constant professional development through different courses, seminars, PLCs and is currently being mentored by Jenifer Midili, Orofacial Myofunctional Specialist and Speech Therapist, who is based in Virginia, USA.