Courses on Learning Disabilities
Saaled National Update 2017
Dr Colinda Linde graduated in 1993 with an M.A. Clinical Psychology (cum laude) from R.A.U. Her
training at Wits was psychodynamic, and at RAU a combination of systemic, interpersonal and
person-centred. She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which is an active, short-term,
practical approach where the therapist teaches the client how to become their own CBT therapist!
After completing the course work for Clinical Masters as well as a year’s internship at Sterkfontein
Psychiatric Hospital, Colinda spent a year as Resident Psychologist at two Places of Safety,
assessing and working with children and teens, until commencing full-time private practice in 1995,
focusing mostly on the anxiety disorders (panic, social phobia, agoraphobia), and with an interest in
stress, health and pre-surgery intervention. Subsequently she also completed a Doctorate in
psychology, which entailed creation and testing of an original intervention to reduce overt and covert
anxiety at the time of breast cancer diagnosis.
Sharing information widely is another interest, and to this end Colinda runs a CBT peer supervision
group and has been a regular contributor in various forms of media – written (Longevity, Femina,
Cosmo, The Star), radio (A word on Psychology, the Jenny Crwys-Williams show- radio 702; Monica
Fairral’s Health Show, SAFM; Health talk on Classic FM ) and television (3 Talk, Great Expectations,
Morning Live). Journal articles in GP and psychiatry publications- Specialists Forum, Serenity,
Arthritis Focus, Mental Health Matters- complete the picture. Samples of these are available on her
In recent years, Colinda has discovered meditation and mindfulness, and offers Mindfulness-based
CBT; the best of both approaches.
Chantelle Strydom and Elzette Badenhorst are both Occupational Therapists from Sensory Stars.
Sensory Stars is a well-established Occupational Therapy practice, in Atholl, Johannesburg.
Sensory Stars predominantly provides a service to children with sensory processing difficulties using
an intensive intervention model of treatment.
Chantelle Strydom studied at the University of Pretoria, graduating in 2009. Chantelle has been
working in the field of paediatrics for 7 years. She joined Sensory Stars in 2015.
Elzette Badenhorst studied at the University of Pretoria graduating in 2005. Elzette has been
working in the field of paediatrics for 12 years. She joined Sensory Stars in 2013.
Both Chantelle and Elzette have done their training in Sensory Integration through the SI Network,
UK and Ireland. In July 2018, they both had the amazing opportunity to complete mentorships level
1 and 2 at the STAR Centre in Denver, Colarado, under the “guru” of Sensory Processing Disorder,
Dr Lucy Jane Miller.
Queries – please contact Shirley Gray – firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just completed my PhD in Neuropsychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. I currently work on the Wits Academic Hospital circuit where I am a joint appointee at the University. I lecture on Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment to medical students and registrars. The clinic I work at specializes in neuropsychological rehabilitation of various disabilities. The clinic is a part of Tara Hospital and the majority of the patients struggle with mental illness as well as neurocognitive compromise. I am responsible for providing therapy, assessment, and neuropsychological rehabilitation for our patients. My PhD focused on cognitive interventions for neurocognitive compromise as a result of HIV which is a pandemic in sub Saharan Africa. My particular area of interest is in neurocognitive and neuropsychological rehabilitation of any kind of brain injury including TBIs, degenerative disorders, CVAs, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Secure parking will be available
There will be no cost for this talk
Snacks will be served, so please RSVP
Please complete the attached registration form and email to Zelda Wolfsohn at email@example.com
|7:45 - 8:15||Registration|
|8:15 - 8:45||STEAM, DESIGN THINKING & PROJECT - BASED LEARNING: PBL A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
|8:45 - 9:45||THE MYTHS, MAYHEM, MYSTERY AND MAGNIFICENCE OF PBL
|9:45 - 10:00||INVENTIONS TO SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT: A GRADE 3 PROJECT
Kerri-Lyn Jones, Tasnim Areff, Tamara Reddy
|10:00 - 10:30||Tea|
|10:30 - 11:30||# OUTDATED: EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
|11:30 - 12:30||INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: UPSETTING THE APPLECART
|12:30 - 13:00||PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INQUIRY BASED LEARNING IN A GRADE 6 CLASSROOM
In this presentation, Yasmin will discuss the principles of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Education incorporating design thinking and project-based learning. The aim of this approach is to create an environment that nurtures problem-solving, critical thinking, social skills and perseverance, while developing technological literacy and scientific competence. Attendees will leave with practical ideas on how to apply STEAM Education to their classrooms.
Yasmin is the Educational Technology Coordinator at Pridwin Preparatory School and has a special interest in STEAM Education. She has degrees in Commerce and Information Systems which she applied as the Head of IT for a manufacturing company. After having children, she became interested in Psychology and its application to education. She has her Honours in Psychology and is currently completing her PGCE. Yasmin’s goal is to nurture children’s natural creativity and curiosity and teach in a way that is integrative and experiential, using technology to enhance learning.
Natalie is the Deputy Headmistress of Roedean School. For the past number of years she has been responsible for driving curriculum innovation in and outside the classroom. She is passionate about ICT integration that is rooted in authentic, deep thinking in cross curricula projects. Natalie is a key member of the Cognitive Education Drive Team at Roedean, which is the first school in South Africa to be accredited from Gr 0 -12 as a Thinking School by Exeter University. Natalie has over 20 years of classroom experience. She is a past Microsoft Innovative Teacher who represented South Africa at the international Global Forum in Washington D.C. Natalie has her B Ed Honours degree in Educational Leadership and believes in the power of strong teaching teams to drive collective change in the curriculum. Natalie has presented at a number of educational conferences, and is working closely with TSSA in growth mindset training.
This presentation is entitled, “The Myths, Mayhem, Mystery and Magnificence of PBL. Natalie will unpack realities and the practicalities of implementing PBL, the pitfalls, the promises, and the successes. She will also provide educators with tips on how to start the process and reflect on the mindset needed by teachers, pupils and parents to implement PBL successfully.
Kerri-Lyn Jones, Tasnim Areff, Tamara Reddy
Kerri-Lyn Jones (B. Ed (Wits) B.Ed Hons (Wits)), Tamara Reddy (B Soc Sc Hons (UKZN) PGCE (UNISA))and Tasnim Areff (B. Ed (Wits) B.Ed Hons (Wits)) are the current, Grade 3 teachers at Pridwin Preparatory school. Tamara is the youngest member of the trio, and is the resourceful and creative spirit. Kerri-Lyn is the Head of Grade and the driving force behind the team. Tasnim is the dynamic, reflective counterpart of the trio. Project / problem based learning is one of the prisms through which this triad manage to make some of the teaching and learning moments sparkle.
The constantly changing world of the 21st century makes it vital that teachers possess the courage to teach and develop the essential skills our children will need to thrive in this new era. Our teaching must change to accommodate the core skills of the 21st century. We need to look at how to educate our children for these new challenges and move beyond content and the label of a mark.
Michele Botha is the Primary Schools’ Assessment Specialist at the IEB. She holds a BPrimEd, BEd and MEd from UCT. She has worked extensively in Primary School education and, prior to joining the IEB in 2014, was responsible for assessment, curriculum design and development at Elkanah House and Somerset House in the Western Cape. Michele was part of the team which used the Bring Your Own Device philosophy to implement Project Based Learning and ICT integration at Somerset House. She has also co-authored a series of Natural Science and English textbooks and participated in a series of pilot projects for the Western Cape Department of Education, including studies in multilingualism and differentiated teaching. Michele has also spoken at the Google Conferences held in South Africa, the 2017 SchoolNet Conference, the 2018 EdInnovation Conference, as well as the 40th International Association for Educational Assessment Conference held in Cape Town.
In this presentation, Jeandré will discuss the philosophy of Inclusion with vignettes from her own experience as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in the UK, where Inclusive Education is the norm. She will also provide educators with practical suggestions and strategies for differentiating the curriculum to ensure that the needs of all learners are met, including those with barriers to learning and those who are gifted. Attendees will leave with a deeper appreciation of the aims of Inclusion as well as tools to ensure that their classroom practice is inclusive.
Jeandré is the director of Bellavista S.H.A.R.E., the education resource centre for Bellavista School. She has worked in education for fifteen years - both in South Africa and in the United Kingdom - as an educator, special educational needs coordinator and assistant headteacher. Jeandré fervently believes that all children should have access to a curriculum that is at their level and appropriate to their needs. She takes great joy in supporting teachers to achieve this.
Shirley Gray has been teaching for the past 30 years and she is currently the Grade 6 Social Sciences teacher at Crawford Preparatory Sandton. She is a dynamic, passionate and innovative educator, who tirelessly embraces new methodologies. When Inquiry Based Learning was introduced at our School, Shirley devised a number of Inquiry Based Learning projects, which proved to be most successful.
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