Viviane Cappellari - High Hopes Dubai

Viviane Cappellari

Head of Speech & Language Department
DHA License Number: 00082911-001

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Vivianne is a licensed senior Speech and Language Therapist, registered with the Brazilian Council of Speech and Language Therapy (CRFa-RS) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). She is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Graduating in Speech and Language Therapy in 1999, Vivianne earned her Post Graduation in Oral Motor and Vocal Disorders (IMEC), coupled with a master’s degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the Santa Maria Federal University in Brazil. With a career spanning 25 years, she has focused on speech, language, feeding, and oral motor disorders. Over the last decade, her specialization includes diagnosing and treating dysphagia, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and childhood apraxia of speech. Viviane is renowned among health professionals for diagnosing and providing early intervention therapy to children with severe and rare diseases. She is also passionate about guiding and supporting parents in promoting their children’s development.

Viviane commenced her journey over 15 years ago at the Dubai Center for Special Needs (DCSN), catering to students with diverse cultural backgrounds and diagnoses. Following that, she provided therapy at The Physiotherapy and Family Medicine Clinic in 2014. In 2017, she joined High Hopes, where she currently serves as the Head of the Speech and Language department.

Today, she is recognized as one of the most prominent pediatric speech and language therapists in the Middle East, considered one of the best-trained professionals in the UAE.

Fluent in both English and Portuguese, Viviane can offer therapeutic support in both languages.


  • ADOS 2 – assessment
  • Assessment and Treatment of Dysarthria
  • Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, Denver CO USA
  • Communication Support for 0-25s individuals with complex needs – Elklan
  • Cortical Visual Impairment – Assessment and Strategies by Dr. Christine Rowman
  • DDS/DMSS – Dysphagia certification training
  • Dynamic Tactile Temporal Cueing (DTTC)
  • Dysphagia assessment in infant and neonatal cases
  • Introduction to Speech Sound disorder by Caroline Bowen
  • It takes two to talk- Hanen Program, Dubai UAE
  • KSLP – Kaufman Speech to Language protocol USA
  • LSVT loud
  • Makaton – Foundation and Advanced workshop, Dubai UAE
  • More Than Words – The Hanen program, Dubai UAE
  • Oral Motor Online Continued Education 60hs, Portal da Educação, Brazil
  • Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy’s OMT1/ OMT2 levels, Dubai UAE
  • PROMPT training- PROMPT Introduction and Bridging Institute USA
  • Supporting children and adults using AAC – Elklan
  • Talk Tools – A Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech and Related Motor Speech Disorders
  • Talk Tools – Speech Clarity Evaluation for Therapy planning: Lateral /s/ and /z/ treatment
  • Talk Tools – Develop Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in Down Syndrome Population
  • Talk Tools – Develop Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in Down Syndrome Population
  • Talk Tools – VOD- Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment and Program Plan Development
  • Talk Tools- Oral Placement to Speech: Transitioning Muscle Memory into Speech Sound Production
  • Talk Tools- Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Approach

HER Expertise

  • Acquired infantile apraxia
  • Adaptive swallowing
  • ADNP Syndrome
  • Anomia and word retrieval disorder
  • Apraxia
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Auditory attention disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Behavioral feeding disorder
  • Bilingualism
  • Brain injured related speech disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Chromosomal/Genetic Disorders
  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Early Intervention
  • Eating and Drinking disorders
  • Executive function disorder
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Feeding tubes- NG tube and Peg tube
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux feeding related disorders
  • Genetic and chromosomal conditions
  • Global Developmental Delays
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Infantile anorexia
  • Language delay
  • Learning disabilities
  • Lisp
  • Memory disorders
  • Microcephaly
  • Motor-Speech Disorders
  • Muteness – Selective Mutism
  • Oral breathers
  • Oral motor/ placement and feeding disorders/ picky eaters
  • Oral sensory disorder
  • Oro- myofunctional disorders
  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder
  • Orthodontic disorders
  • Palilalia and Echolalia
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Phonetic/ Phonological disorders
  • Phonological disorders
  • Prader Willi syndrome
  • Pragmatic Language Disorder
  • Prematurity
  • Rare Genetic Conditions
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Semantic disorders
  • Social and conversation skills
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Specific Language impairment
  • Speech Delay
  • Speech Errors
  • Speech Sound Disorder
  • Stuttering
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Visual impaired children
  • Voice disorders

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