Ms Saira Banu Karim

Person Saira B.S. Karrim  
Designation Ms
Discipline Speech-Language Pathology


 Personal Assistant/Secretary Thobile Sithole (

Nomathemba Hlongwa ( )

Campus Westville
Research Interests Autism Spectrum Disorder, Complex Communication Disorders,



Saira Karrim is a lecturer in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She lectures and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Her areas of interest are Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Cleft Palate.  Saira has graduated Masters students whose projects have focused on service delivery (assessment and intervention) for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the use of technology in communication intervention and employment in Intellectual Disability and Cerebral Palsy.  Saira has presented a number of research papers at both local and international conferences.  She is currently involved in a PhD related to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan.
 List of Publications  Abdoola, F., Flack, P. S., & Karrim, S. B. (2017). Facilitating pragmatic skills through role-play in learners with language learning disability. South African Journal of Communication Disorders64(1), 1-12.

Cole, L., Kharwa, Y., Khumalo, N., Karrim, S. B. S., & Reinke, J. S. (2017). Caregivers of School-aged Children with Autism: Social Media as a Source of Support. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 12, 3464-3475.

Wetherston, V., Gangat, S., Shange, N., Wheeler, K., Sayed Karrim, S. B., & Pahl, J. (2017). The views and knowledge of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder on a range of treatments. South African Journal of Child Health11(3), 117-121.

Wetherston, V. C., Karrim, S. B. S., & Pahl, J. (2018). Inclusion of individuals with cerebral palsy in the workplace. Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal9(1), 101-112.

Davids, E. L., Adams Tucker, L., Wambua, G. N., Fewster, D. L., Schlebusch, L., Karrim, S. B., … & Nalugya, J. S. (2019). Child and adolescent mental health in Africa: a qualitative analysis of the perspectives of emerging mental health clinicians and researchers using an online platform. Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health31(2), 93-107.