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Saaled National Update 2017

Welcome to SAALED

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Postal Address:
PO Box 55023

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- Mrs Elacia Whittingham - Chairperson


-Brenda Rae - Admin


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The Annual General Meeting will be followed immediately by Vicky Bowes and Wendy Antoine presenting -

Deconstructing Information Processing –
A case study

Wendy is a seasoned Psychologist who has over 20 years of experience. She is particularly interested in early identification and intervention of children with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She completed her postgraduate study in psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand (1987 –1990), and served 18 months internship at a remedial school in Johannesburg. She continued to work at the remedial school for a further four-and-a-half years before going into private practice. Over the years she has specialized in other areas for example, play therapy for children using a psycho-dynamic approach, group therapy with children and adolescents and Parent-infant therapy with mother, father and their under-five year old, to assist in their ‘getting-together’ as a family unit.

Vicky is an experienced Sensory Integration and Neuro-Development trained therapist, who has also completed her basic and fellows training in DIR/Floor time, completing the course for professionals through Profectum in the USA. Vicky works through building a strong relationship with the child and family, carefully considering the unique individual makeup of the child and specifically adapting her interventions to the child using the DIR framework and her skills as an SI and NDT therapist. She has a special interest in working with children under 5 years of age, specifically those with relational and language difficulties.

Secure parking will be available

Please complete the attached registration form and email this, together with proof of payment, to Jean James-Smith –



Latest Courses on Learning Disabilities



Accredited By the British Dyslexia Association (BDA)


This course affords Educators and Health Professionals training in identifying risk for literacy or Dyslexic-type difficulties, and intervention for individuals with Dyslexia.

The outcomes of the course are:

  • Understand Dyslexia and the theories of causality;
  • Understand “normal” literacy development and how the learner with Dyslexia differs;
  • Identify reading difficulties and evaluate risk for Dyslexia;
  • With mentoring develop and facilitate an individualised, structured programme with one learner for a twenty hour intervention;
  • Able to support inclusion of learners with Dyslexia.

All materials and facilitation are online. Candidates are expected to dedicate 5 hours per week for the online activities over 36 weeks. In addition, two assignments, the assessment and intervention will form part of the candidate’s assessment portfolio. Individual mentoring is provided for the profiling of reading difficulties or risk for dyslexia, and the intervention.

A limited number of candidates will be trained to ensure maximum attention.
Entry requirement is an appropriate professional qualification and a minimum of three years educational or therapeutic experience.

The course will run from September 2017 to May 2019.

  • The course fee is R31 270.00 per person. (Payment options are available on request.)
  • Candidates are expected to buy the core textbook and one standardised assessment tool, estimated at a total of R5000.00. They should have access to broadband internet, courier / postal service.
  • A non-refundable fee of R500 is payable on registration. Documentation will be reviewed to determine whether the entry requirements outlined above have been met.
  • For BDA accreditation (optional) candidates pay a separate fee of an estimated 80 pounds.
  • To register go to: AND send a detailed curriculum vitae to
  • Enrolment opens 07 July 2017 and closes 25 August 2017.
  • For enquiries contact Cindy Ebersey on 011 788-5454 or
  • Bellavista reserves the right to cancel this course, if there is insufficient interest.

You can register online at the link below: teracy-and-dyslexia-enrolment

Download the print ready details here



Creative Engagement

Saturday 29 July 2017 – 08h00 to 13h15
Registration fee: R150.00pp
Crawford Preparatory Sandton, Benmore Rd

Download the details and registration form here


8.30 to 10.00: Mindfulness and practical initiatives to practice mindfulness in the classroom
by Mark Hayter

This seminar will look at the concept of mindfulness and some practical initiatives to practice mindfulness in the classroom.

10.30 to 12.00: Exploring Ways to Embed Critical and Creative Thinking in the Classroom – A workshop
by Kemble Elliott

This workshop will cover creative ways to encourage critical thinking by engaging participants with philosophical questions that lead to metaphysical explorations of object and concepts.  We will also touch on position and point of view, questioning the message and the messenger.

12.15 to 13.15: An Invitation to Be Outside
by Estelle Martinson

This talk will look at social innovation and biomimicry in the school setting, for example understanding disruptive innovation through a study of invasive species, and organizational principles in the behaviour of social insects such as ants and bees. 


Developing Thinking in Children and Adolescents

Saturday, 11 March 2017 – 08h30 to 12h00
Registration fee: R150.00pp
Roedean School, Prince of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg


Katy Mthethwa will share the theory underpinning metacognition, with specific reference to WHY we need to develop children’s metacognition. Katy will move on to the 'HOW TO' of developing thinking in children and adolescents by describing a number of different thinking tools.

Thinking Maps – how a visual tool to record a cogntive processes assists in metacognition

Thinking Routines – having tools to make our thinking visible and reflect upon our learning

Thinking Hats – empowering students to problem solve independently

Blooms Taxonomy - using it as a tool for students to develop metacognition

Habits of Mind - giving students strategies to think about and develop great dispositions towards learning for life

The second speaker, Michaela Carr will share her insights and experiences of implementing these tools in the classroom and the impact it has had on the thinking of the girls at Roedean. 

Curriculum Vitae

Katy Mthethwa began her teaching career in the UK after graduating from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education. In 2010 she was appointed Head of Thinking Skills at St Peter’s School, Johannesburg, where she implemented the use of Thinking Maps and a range of other tools to develop Higher Order Thinking across the curriculum.  This led to St Peter’s being accredited as a Thinking School by Exeter University in 2014.  Katy is passionate about curriculum development which has a Thinking Philosophy at its core.  She is an accredited Thinking Maps trainer and a founder member of Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA).

Michaela Carr has been a member of the Roedean Drive Team for cognitive education since 2009. As a member of staff at Roedean she was trained in Habits of Mind. She is a TSSA trainer for the junior schools in de Bono’s Thinking Hats. She has also completed her training for TSSA in Thinking Maps. She is the coordinator in Cognitive Education in the Upper Junior School and she has presented numerous workshops to the Roedean staff.

To register, download the registration form here.

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