Welcome to Edu-Play Family Centre

for the wellness of your child

Our Mission

Edu - Play Family Centre will provide a well-integrated service and education program for families. We aim to serve the diverse academic, physical, social and emotional needs of our students. All aspects of our organization's activities are child-centered, designed to assist individual learning styles to achieve success.

Services

Social and Life Skills Development Program
Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions.

 

Whether we are with friends, sending an email, in a classroom or at the grocery store, we take in the thoughts, emotions and intentions of the people we are interacting with.

 

Most of us have developed our communications sense from birth onwards, steadily observing and acquiring social information and learning how to respond to people. Because social thinking is an intuitive process, we usually take it for granted.

 

But for many individuals, this process is anything but natural. And this often has nothing to do with conventional measures of intelligence.

 

In fact, many people score high on IQ and standardized tests, yet do not intuitively learn the nuances of social communication and interaction.

 

While these challenges are commonly experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorders, social communication disorder, Asperger's, ADHD, nonverbal learning disability (NLD) and similar diagnoses, children and adults experiencing social learning difficulties often have received no diagnosis.

 

The Edu – Play Family Centre curriculum targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label. Our curriculum is tailored for facilitation at schools in a group setting. The curriculum is also facilitated at the Centre as an individual or group option.

Inclusive Tutoring
On enrolment at Edu – Play Family Centre, an initial comprehensive assessment is facilitated by one of our directors. This assessment forms an essential part of our specialised tutoring program as this assessment identifies your child’s particular areas of strength and difficulty. This means that programs can be individualised and targeted at addressing your child’s particular areas of need. Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, TEACHH, Floortime, RDI, Makaton, Braingym, Integrated Learning Therapy, Move to Learn, theraplay and PECS are incorporated into programs. Individual programs are developed and these tutoring programs are conducted on a one – on – one basis. Your child is able to work at his or her own pace to develop the skills needed to improve learning.

 

We believe in a multi - disciplinary approach, and for this reason we encourage working in co-operation with other professionals who work with your child, such as Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Pediatricians or teachers.

 

Tutoring ages at the Centre are available from two years to sixteen years of age.

Early Learning Centre
Schooling and tutoring services offered at the Centre can also be offered at home. These services are offered on an individualised basis. Visit our website for more details: Edu-Play Early Learning Centre

 

1. Educational Kinesiology
Educational Kinesiology is a comprehensive and enjoyable learning-skills program for people of all ages. Brain Gym® Instructors, recognize movement and cognition (the body and brain) as one whole system, see the muscles and senses as working in synergy, and understand learning to be built on play, cultivating the senses and motor skills, rather than overriding them.

 

The Edu-K curriculum of honoring the learner’s body wisdom by moving to internalize meaning provides opportunities for the development of the following main areas of human experience:

 

  • the physical skills of learning
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  • self-regulation - the self-care, initiative, and self-direction that are best discovered through movement and social interaction
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  • structured play - interactions with others or with objects in which a theme provides a creative context for the unfoldment of learning through purposeful movement
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  • symbolic thinking - mental processing in which, by mastery of the coding of words and images, concrete physical experience is represented
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  • aesthetic appreciation - the perception of beauty and other sensory/emotional values experienced through pattern-seeing, in such areas as nature, fine arts, and coordinated movement
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    In courses and private sessions alike, the Edu-K work is known for its movement-based approach to personal goal setting. People come with challenges that range from wanting to improve communication skills (such as reading, writing, listening, or focusing their attention) to aspiring to connect with their inner joy or self-confidence. When they then experience their abilities in the context of their habits of movement, a new world opens up to them.

     

    2. Integrated Learning Therapy
    Integrated Learning Therapy brings together knowledge and practice from various related fields. The focus is on the development of the central nervous system (including the brain, the peripheral and autonomic nervous systems) so that components can support our learning and everyday functioning.

     

    After a careful assessment procedure (consisting of an interview and a personal evaluation of the child’s neurodevelopmental status) any suspected or confirmed underlying issues will be addressed through suggestions for lifestyle or other adjustments and a program of movement-based activities.

     

    3. Move to Learn
    Much preparation needs to occur before a child is ready for effective academic learning, and most of it occurs through the natural movements and play common to all children. First we learn to roll, then to creep on our tummies, then to rock on hands and knees, then to crawl - and all the time we are learning and preparing ourselves to learn.

     

    We are progressing through important developmental stages. Our muscles build strength and co-ordination, our eyes learn to focus and we become integrated and ready to take on more complex tasks such as learning to read and write. But what if, for some reason, one or several of these developmental stages are missed? What if a child doesn't spend enough time rolling or doesn’t crawl? What if a child reaches school age and they do not have all the building blocks of learning readiness in place?

     

    The bad news is that these skills build on each other, and if a foundational skill is not acquired, the resulting ‘gap’ can compromise the entire learning structure. The child may struggle with expected age appropriate physical skills and the conduction of messages in the brain and the nervous system will usually be inefficient and slow, making academic learning more difficult. Many struggle to keep up with their peers and most do not achieve to the level of their natural capacity.

     

    The good news is that these developmental stages can be addressed at any age. If a child is having difficulty at school, sometimes simply guiding them through these developmental milestones again can help them fill in the missing gaps and become ready to learn academically.

     

    Move to Learn ® has developed a simple movement program for exactly this purpose. It is designed to help children acquire the skills they need in the natural way and order that they were originally intended to be acquired – through movement

     

    Counselling
    Edu- Play Family Centre provides provide adult, child, adolescent, individual or family counselling.

     

    Please enquire at the Centre for more information regarding your specific need.

    Theraplay
    Theraplay ® is a child and family therapy that has as its goal enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. The principles underlying Theraplay are that, in healthy relationships, there should be natural patterns of playful and healthy interaction. The goal of Theraplay would be a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding. It is one type of play therapy that can be used with children.

     

    Theraplay sessions are active, intense, physical and fun. In school settings, Theraplay can be incorprated in individual and group counseling as well as in typical clasroom settings to promote prosocial behavior. Theraplay experiences are structured, nurturing, engaging and challenging.

    Parent and Family Support
    No one is ever prepared for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disorder or Learning Difficulty. Although it may have answered some of your questions as to why your child’s development has been different to other children, it may still be a shock to you.

     

    In order to take the best care of your child, you need to take care of yourself first. You may find yourself so busy meeting your child’s needs that you forget this important step. It is important for you to consider your own sources of strength, coping skills or emotional attitudes.

     

    You may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start, but there is no single way to cope. Everyone copes with the diagnosis and relieves their stress differently.

     

    At Edu – Play Family Centre we offer parent consultations, in these parent consultations we provide emotional support in making decisions about the child's immediate future. Practical advice and guidance how to deal with the child's difficult behaviours, questions of family and friends and future decisions are given.

     

    Mutual support and training groups for parents and families are also facilitated. The purpose of these groups are to provide a safe, encouraging environment where parents share their concerns, learn and practice new parenting skills, and connect to each other and to community resources. Mutual support groups help to reduce parental stress and isolation as well as increase parents’ self-efficacy and competencies. Groups provide invaluable opportunities for parents to both receive support and give support to other parents who face similar parenting challenges.
     

    Affiliated Services

    I am an educational psychologist, with a practice based in Kenridge. I obtained my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology through the University of Stellenbosch. I have extensive experience with children on the autistic spectrum, and every day I am learning more. The services offered at my practice focus largely on optimising the learning and development of children, adolescents and students. This includes assessing the cognitive, personality, emotional and neuropsychological functioning of a person, as well as identifying and/or diagnosing barriers to learning. Furthermore, I provide therapeutic interventions to optimise learning and development, because any traumatic experiences (such as divorce, family discord, bullying, abuse or witnessing a traumatic event) have a detrimental impact on a person’s ability to learn. I have a special interest in sandtray therapy, but I also employ other therapeutic techniques such as narrative therapy, play therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Lastly, I provide career guidance and assessments to high school students to help with choosing subjects and/or a suitable career path.

    For more information or to book an appointment via telephone/email, please visit www.karingerberpsychologist.com

     

    I am a Speech – and Language Therapist in private practice. I obtained my degree through the University of Stellenbosch. I work with children who have language difficulties at both my practice as well as at their school. This may include children on the Autism Spectrum, children With dyspraxia and non – verbal children who make use of alternative communication systems (AAC). It is my passion to support and improve as much as possible the quality of life of these children by providing them with a means or an improved means of communication.

    For more information contact Cecile Herselman on 084 370 1977 or cecileherselman@gmail.com

     

     

    I am a swimming teacher and tutor for the STA (UK) with qualifications and experience in teaching babies from birth, toddlers from beginners, children up to competitive level and Adult learn-to-swim. Through the years I have worked with children and adults that has Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s and Autism. I am also a tutor for the STA and I offer courses in Baby Swimming as well as Learn-to-Swim courses. Teaching Swimming is my passion. I love what I do and the job satisfaction is indescribable. I believe teaching your child to swim is a life-skill that is non-negotiable.

    For more information contact Sunée McKelvey on suneemck@gmail.com or 079 721 2592 or www.facebook.com/swimwithsunee

     

    I am a passionate Occupational Therapist who obtained my degree at Stellenbosch University and work in private practice in Durbanville. I have gained experience both in South Africa and abroad in assessment and treatment of children of all ages. I believe in early intervention and have a special interest in the assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. I work closely with parents to educate, as well as assist in understanding and supporting the development of their child. Further interests include both awareness and informational talks to all involved with the care of children, and to educate and train others to support the child in the home and school environment.

    Through Occupational Therapy, we create opportunities for children to master their developmental tasks and help them to achieve their maximum level of independence while participating in their daily life activities, including self-care, coordination, play, social interaction and education.

    For more information, contact Margaux Snyman on 0745792660 or margauxsnyman@gmail.com

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    info@edu-play.co.za

    0829295907

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