Remedial education centre makes ‘roots’

2016-01-12 06:00
 Photo: supplied Catherine Clay with one of the children at the centre.

Photo: supplied Catherine Clay with one of the children at the centre.

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ROOTS, is a community based initiative founded by Catherine Clay, a remedial education specialist with many years’ experience in both South Africa and abroad.

“Roots is pending registration as a non-profit organisation and will operate as a centre that will accommodate pupils who do not meet the requirements for special needs or remedial schools, yet require daily educational stimulation.

“Roots is on the tranquil Willow Creek Animal Farm in the Assagay Valley. Symbolically the willow tree is a symbol of strength and standing firm, while it faces the greatest of challenges.

“Here at Roots we aim to offer a firm foundation for not only children, but their families too, making their experience one of balance and growth while learning in harmony.”

Roots offers a unique approach to learning for those with disabilities and learning delays who require customised assistance in order to meet their potential and learning goals.

“Roots endeavours to accommodate all pupils, however, we currently can only provide limited assistance for those with severe mobility disturbances.

“Currently children with autism, ADD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders and undiagnosed developmental delays that compromise cognitive functioning are accommodated.

“These pupils are accommodated whether they are able to “learn” in a typical sense as we believe all children can learn and achieve their potential to whatever degree in an individual capacity.”

Roots is based largely in an outdoor farm setting where children can safely interact with farm animals and nature. Provisions are made for inclement weather so the programme remains uninterrupted during chilly and misty Hillcrest days.

“Roots will make use of art, music and drama therapies, animal assisted therapy, therapeutic horse riding, speech and OT based exercises, holistic sensory integration exercises remediation and enrichment exercises aiming at enhancing strengths and developing weaker areas, physical activities and therapeutic massage aimed at assisting muscle tone and physical strength, OT and speech therapy based exercise, customised programmes seeking to develop phonic and/or sound and listening skills, visual orientated learning skills and introduction to numeric and spatial concepts.

“We strive to provide constructive flexible support and an effective climate for learning and assisting children to achieve their potentials, through the establishment of appropriate goals based on individual needs.”

For further information contact Clay on 072 575 9695. - Supplied.

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