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We’re a special needs school with a difference

We are a registered LSEN Preparatory School, GDE Reg: 700400348, and can accommodate a maximum of 59 pupils ranging in age from 4 years turning 5 years to 18 years of age. We do not work in Grades as our pupils levels differ in each subject. We have a separate premises for our Junior and Senior phase. Our children have varied “labels” that have been attached to them by outside sources.

The staff at our school are very passionate about giving all our children opportunities to be able to contribute to society in their own unique way. We believe that a child is able and valuable with much to offer to the world.

Our children have been rejected by both government and private schools because of their labels. Currently our pupil ‘labels’ are cerebral palsy. hearing impaired, asbergers, autistic, down syndrome,  burn victim, near drowning victim, speech impediments, visually impaired, learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder and epileptic etc.

Every child has weekly oxygen therapy in our mild hypobaric oxygen chamber as well as weekly hydro therapy in our heated indoor hydro therapy pool with a qualified biokineticist

We take time to work out who they are and what their method of learning is.

Additional practical lifeskills:

  • Snr section will cover vegetable gardening, sewing, woodwork, art and hospitality among others
  • Individualised Learning Portfolios

We currently offer:

  • Maximum 10 children per class
  • Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching techniques
  • Audiblox Therapy
  • Hydro Therapy in a heated indoor pool
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Physical education with a Biokinetisist

  • Literacy program backed by James Patterson
  • Interactive white board teaching – keeping up with technology
  • Makaton
  • PECS – picture exchange communication
  • Coding
  • Computer science
  • We use tablet technology with every pupil

Support therapists available on site:

  • Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Physio Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, Biokineticist

Our staff

Sharon Rowe

Sharon Rowe

Qualifications

  • NHED(PP)
  • SDTA
  • Audiblox Therapist
  • ABR Therapist
  • Usui Reiki Practitioner
  • Jikiden Reiki Practitioner
  • Makaton Sign Language certified
  • Braille
  • Level 2 First Aid certified
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy certified

Experience

37 years of loving my work, every day a new adventure filled with loads of learning from each child I have had the privilege to work with.

I started in Pre-schools going up to senior teacher then Principal in a main stream school. From 2005 I headed up the foundation phase of Footprints school and we then opened the Intermediate and Senior phases in 2009. I have taught each phase and can honestly say I love them all.

Why I do what I do

I believe every human being is able to contribute to society in their own unique and valuable way. I love a challenge and thinking out the box, this is why I enjoy working with children, they are creative and have a wonderful enthusiasm for life. My eyes are opened daily to new ways of thinking because I learn from the children I work with, we are a team and together we can conquer the world piece by piece. Life is full of exciting adventures and lessons to learn and teach, working with Special needs children is a blessing and I can honestly say “I LOVE MY JOB”.

“Treat children as if they were what they ought to be, and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming”. This is what I aim for each day

Stephanie Roux

Stephanie Roux

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and English)
  • Honours in Psychology
  • Advanced Certificate in Play therapy
  • Registered Lifeline Counsellor
  • Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Makaton Sign Language certified
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy certified

Experience

I began my training in an ABA centre and then went on to work at the Centre for Autism Research and Education. While completing my honours degree I facilitate children with special needs in a mainstream environment. I went on to work at a Special Needs Centre when they first opened and joined Footprints in 2015.

Why I do what I do

I love the challenge as well as the rewards of working with children with special needs. I enjoy having to adapt lessons for each individual child and having to constantly think out of the box. I enjoy the sense of achievement I feel when a child finally achieves a goal and knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone.  The quote below explains every child with special need s that I have worked with and that is why I do what I do.

‘Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer their help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for good. This is how they’ll change the world’.

megan

Megan Bouwer

Qualifications

  • Montessori Qualified
  • National Qualification Level 5 in Early Childhood Development
  • CPR and first aid certified
  • Makaton Sign Language certified
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy certified

Experience

I have been teaching for 16 wonderful years and so have gained much experience with children aged 18 months to 8 years old.

Why I do what I do

Teaching is my absolute passion and I am very blessed to be able to make a difference in children’s lives.

emma

Emma Jane Howard

Qualifications

  • B.Ed Human Movement Studies and
  • B.Ed Honors in Learning Support
  • Member of the Golden Key society
  • Awarded Honorary Academic Colours for my thesis on Dyslexia.
  • Makaton Sign Language certified
  • First Aid certified
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy certified

Experience

As a special needs teacher and remedial therapist, I have experience working with children with autism, intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities as well as medical conditions and challenging behaviour.

Why I do what I do

My aspiration is to motivate personal growth, support academic development and help those to overcome learning barriers. I am passionate about individualized education and assisting others to achieve their potential.

tamzin rowe

Tamzin Rowe

Qualifications

  • BA Hons. Biokinetics (UJ)
  • BA Sports Psychology (UJ)
  • Masters of science medicine Biokinetics (WITS)
  • Level 2 First Aid & AED (PulsePoint)
  • EMS Trainer (HFPA)
  • Yoga Instructor (Trifocus)
  • Athlete Nutrition (Trifocus)
  • Sports Nutrition & Supplementation (HFPA)
  • Sports Massage Therapy (HFPA)
  • Essentials of Nitrition (HFPA)
  • Vitality Wellness (Vitality)
  • HIV counseling Skills Training (Life Assist)
  • Chronic Stress, cortisol & Pain (eCPD)
  • Ethics & SARS (eCPD)
  • Behaviour Change Intervention (U. Stellenbosch)
  • Healthcare Burnout (TUKS)
  • Disease Modifying Therapies (TUKS)
  • Cardiovascular Disease & Hypertension (SAHS)
  • Dartfish Video Analysis (Dartfish)
  • Dartfiah Tagging Analysis (Dartfish)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy certified

Interests

  • Orthopaedic
  • Sports specific
  • Special population

I am a current Karate All styles National athlete, National karate coach & 2nd Dan blackbelt. I love being outdoors & being active, adventures are my thing.

Michele Walters

Michele Walters

Qualifications

  • Port Elizabeth Technikon Secretarial Diploma
  • University of Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • B.A. (Soc Science.) Hons.   Social Work and Psychology
  • Taught Computer Literacy and Logo  at Parktown Convent and Houghton Primary
  • Member of Teachers Federal Council
  • Japari School
  • Joined Footprints School
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy certified

Experience

  • Numerous computer literary courses   windows  power point excel  word at Joburg training college
  • 10 Network knowledge Programme courses from beginners to advanced for Primary and Secondary schools
  • Makaton
  • Braille
  • Numerous symposiums on Autism
  • Sex education  for Primary and Secondary  schools courses at Bella Vista school

Why I do what I do

My aspiration is to motivate personal growth, support academic development and help those to overcome learning barriers. I am passionate about individualized education and assisting others to achieve their potential.

As a fully registered school with the department of education parents are able to claim their school fees as part of their tax returns.