Our Team



CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist

Saziye Cakıroglu (Shazze) was graduated from Bogazici University with a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature in 1984, from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Vancouver, Canada with an M.A. degree in Linguistis in 1988, and from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) with an M.A. degree and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1991. Saziye passed the examinations given by the Department of Health and received her license to work in California as a speech pathologist in 1991 and started to work in California during the same year.

Shazze attended many seminars on speech language pathology and dysphagia during her education and work. She participated as an assistant at summer stuttering camps at UCSB in addition to regular clinic hours during her internship. Shazze performed videofluoroscopy for diagnosis of dysphagia and treated patients accordingly. Shazze worked in several cities in California such as Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Santa Rosa as a speech and dysphagia specialist at several clıinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

Shazze came to Turkey in 2007 and worked as a speech language pathologist and dysphagia specialist at Ege University Physical Therapy and Rehabililation Department with aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia and dysphagia patients. Shazze participated at sessions of dyspahagia diagnosis with flexible endoscopy and treated patients with dysphagia.

Shazze currently works at Günışığı Child Center in Istanbul and is a member of American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Areas of Interest
  • Articulation problems (inability to articulate certain sounds)
  • Phonological processes (delayed correction of childhood phonological processes such as stopping, palatal/velar fronting, cluster reduction, gliding of liquids, final consonant deletion, etc.)
  • Stuttering and disfluencies
  • Comprehension, memory, attention and reasoning problems
  • Acquired aphasia (for example as a result of CVA), apraxia, naming problems and dysphagia
  • Dysphagia in children and elderly