The Children
THE CHILDREN   The Centre caters for children who have a variety of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Anglemans syndrome and Rett Syndrome amongst others, often with intellectual, cognitive and / or...
The Board of Governers
THE BOARD OF GOVERNERS Graham Anderson- Chairman Deborah King- Principal Elsje Stuiver – Occupational Therapist Virgie Manquele – Tutor Brian Dickinson – Parent Karin Pretorius – Parent
The Programme
THE PROGRAMME –¬†Objectives & Methodologies The Centre is committed to the development of the child as a whole in an intimate, safe and healthy environment and offers an educational programme designed according to the specific...
The Staff
THE STAFF All of the staff receive in-service training on the many facets of special needs education. IEP and AAC methodologies continue to evolve with each new discovery of latent ability and talent. Meet the Staff:...

Organisational & Financial Structure

ORGANISATIONAL & FINANCIAL STRUCTURE

Whizz-Kidz Special Needs Centre is a registered Non- Profit Organisation (NPO NO. 014-714) managed by a Board of Governors

Providing care, therapy and learning for children with various levels of special need is understandably very personal, intensive and costly. Unfortunately the Centre has not benefited from any government subsidy in the past and the Centre continues to rely on school fees and donations alone. Securing sponsorship and fundraising is done on an ongoing basis and Whizz Kidz is always looking for contributions. How can you help? – Fund Raising

The Programme

THE PROGRAMME –¬†Objectives & Methodologies

The Centre is committed to the development of the child as a whole in an intimate, safe and healthy environment and offers an educational programme designed according to the specific needs of each child, following the IEP approach to individualised educational programmes.

Whizz Kidz stresses the importance of early intervention to improve the child’s participation and facilitate the inclusion of the child in the community.Communication strategies and techniques are integral to the daily programme. Due to the fact that many of the children do not have functional speech, a variety of IEP methodologies, such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) are used to compensate for the lack of or limited use of speech and facilitates both understanding and expressive communication for children with severe and often complex disabilities. IEP strategies are incorporated into all activities throughout the Centre.

Whizz Kidz considers the children’s parents and siblings in the primary family unit to be integral members of the child’s intervention team and the families’ goals are paramount in the planning of each child’s programme. Private therapists come to the unit so that therapy can take place during school mornings. The Centre’s specialised programme objectives include independence training, sensory stimulation, self-care activities, social and emotional development, communication and language development, functional scholastic skills as well as promoting the development of leisure and recreational skills. In addition we try to encourage and offer support for the parents and siblings. An integrated approach and constant communication between teacher, therapists and parents ensures maximum carry over throughout all areas of the child’s development.

The Staff

THE STAFF

All of the staff receive in-service training on the many facets of special needs education. IEP and AAC methodologies continue to evolve with each new discovery of latent ability and talent. Meet the Staff:

The staff and volunteers at Whizz Kidz comprise a dedicated team of people with a range of skills, expertise, qualifications and experience that provide a nurturing and fun environment for the children.

Catherine Phillips

Principal

Joanne Ravell
Speech & Language Pathologist
Michelle Lipke
Physiotherapist
Gladness Mthembu

Gladness Mthembu
General Assistant

Vincent Ntinga

Vincent Ntinga
General Assistant

The Board of Governers

THE BOARD OF GOVERNERS

  • Graham Anderson- Chairman
  • Deborah King- Principal
  • Elsje Stuiver – Occupational Therapist
  • Virgie Manquele – Tutor
  • Brian Dickinson – Parent
  • Karin Pretorius – Parent