Meet the team
Moné van Rooyen
LEARNING SUPPORT (NILD EDUCATIONAL THERAPY/REMEDIAL THERAPY)
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." It is so important for children to be at the center of their own learning processes, to be involved, to ask and answer questions, to enjoy learning, to be in charge of their own way of learning and to function as independent learners. Instead of trying to fit children in a mold, society needs to focus on every child's unique abilities and embrace it.
For above-mentioned reason, I furthered my studies in learning difficulties after I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Sport Science and Psychology. I obtained a diploma in Education, taught in South Korea (2-13 year olds) and decided I wanted to make a bigger difference. I received my Honors in Educational Psychology, majoring in Counselling, Psychometrics and Learning Support. I registered as a Psychological Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I then received my Masters degree in Sport Science, where I emphasized the importance of movement programs on the learning process. I am also busy with extensive training in NILD Educational Therapy (see services). My training also includes Play Therapy, Integrated Learning Therapy, Reading Therapy, and SEARCH and TEACH.
I work with children that experience a wide range of learning difficulties, including reading, spelling, math and written expression skills, problem solving skills and additionally, executive function, processing speed, auditory and visual perception, and dysgraphia.
I am married to Roelof van Rooyen. We live on a farm where we just absolutely LOVE spending our time, together with our two and half dogs (Sheba, Gina and little Ben, my Chihuahua) and our adorable, but very needy cat (Skattie).
Janrè van Schalkwyk
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with 10 years of professional experience. I offer individualized speech therapy at schools and at our therapy rooms and provide training and consultation to teachers, parents and other professionals. I work with children who have a wide variety of challenges, including auditory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, language delay and speech sound disorders. I strive to establish a close relationship with the families I work with in order to improve the potential and progress of the children I work with.
I graduated at TUKS, where I received my B.communicationpathology degree. I established Janrè van Schalkwyk Speech Therapy in 2010, after working at Flamboyant School for learning disabled children, Hearing and Balance Clinic and various schools in the White River-Nelspruit area. I am a member of SASLHA, (the South African Speech-Language and Hearing Association) and also registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. My training also includes workshops and courses in Play therapy, ADHD and ADD, Talk Tools, Sensory Integration/Processing Disorders, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
I am married to Nico and we are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Jana and Kara.
Lizélda de Bruin-de Villiers
“A career in speech, language and hearing therapy challenges you to use your intellect (the talents of your mind) in combination with your humanity (the gifts in your heart) to do meaningful work that feeds your soul…I am proud to be a member of what I consider to be the best profession on earth.”- Megan Hodge.
This quote is a summary of all my favourite things in life. I am passionate about communication. It’s by far my favourite thing to do! But what happens when your whole world changes or your communication potential is only a smile? As a speech therapist I believe that it’s my job to help every patient develop their fullest potential. That’s why I emphasize the fact that a speech therapist greatest benefit is her personality.
I am a farm girl originally from a small town, Koppies, in the Free state. I’ve studied at Stellenbosch University and received a B-Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy degree. I did my community service year at Dihlabeng hospital in Bethlehem where I had the privilege of working with children with a wide variety of disorders. I’ve recently became a lowvelder and provide my services at Flying Colours and as well as local schools. I received my Hearing Aid Acoustician diploma from University of Pretoria at the end of 2015. I’ve also registered with the PROMPT institute in 2015. I’ve completed the introduction and bridging level in 2016. I hope to be registered PROMPT therapist at the end of 2017.
The educationalist James Britton stated that Reading and writing floats on a sea of talk. This is why early intervention is necessary. It’s the building blocks of your child’s education.
Mireille van Niekerk
My name is Mireille van Niekerk and in 2007 I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing therapy at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2008 I completed my internship year at Themba Hospital situated in the rural outskirts of White River, after which I joined the speech therapy department at Flamboyant School (White River) working as part of a multidisciplinary team of therapists with children presenting with learning challenges.
After three years as part of the Flamboyant team of therapists I established my own private practice in 2012 and have been delivering speech therapy services at schools in White River and Nelspruit. Since graduating I have attended various workshops, seminars and courses including High-Impact Care and Preterm Baby Feeding, Introduction to the assessment and treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Early Communication Intervention, ADHD and Sensory Integration.
I have qualified as and am registered Dyslexia Therapist (RA2015/131) with the Red Apple Dyslexia Association and I am a full member of the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa (HPCSA: ST0004197) as well as the South African Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
I married my husband, Werner, in 2010 and we are the proud parents of three beautiful boys, Ruben, Schalk and Francois. We currently live in Nelspruit.
I qualified in 2004 at the University of the Free State and have been working with children since 2007.
My passion is enabling children to reach their fullest potential. To equip me to do this better, I qualified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) in 2007 and Ayres Sensory Integration in 2013. This allows me to have a better understanding of the basic neurological building blocks for development. Due to a changing world, children nowadays are often deprived of rich sensory experiences which come from being allowed to play freely in sensory environments. As sensory processing underlies all learning, this can lead to serious difficulties in terms of concentration, behavior and general development.
I believe in treating children’s delays in the most logical developmental order and thorough manner, and therefore love working in a team with speech therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and remedial therapists as required. This enables us to prioritize and treat each child as best as possible.
I consider the following as the pillars of successful therapy: that children learn best when they are having fun and have a good relationship with their therapist, and that the therapist should be well trained and specialized in peadiatric therapy and conduct the therapy in a well equipped and safe therapy room.
I am an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about seeing children thrive in their everyday environments. I am a believer in putting the “FUN” back into FUNCTIONAL. I keep a focus on early intervention, stimulation to achieve milestones and always remembering the importance of play in the process. Diane Ackerman said “Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.”
I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc in Occupational Therapy. I have previously worked at a special needs school in Johannesburg where I gained experience in neurodevelopmental conditions, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorders, autism, as well as other muscular and orthopaedic conditions. Prior to that I worked briefly in private practice working primarily with children with sensory and developmental conditions.
In 2013 I completed my sensory integration training through SAISI and in 2014 I did an introductory Neurodevelopmental Therapy course through SANDTA.
I thrive in working in a team environment as I feel it is essential to my learning as a professional and suits my personality but, more importantly to ensure a child receives the best care possible.
I am a registered member with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, OTASA, SAISI, SANDTA.
My wonderful husband, Chris an avid sports physiotherapist, our energetic son, Owen and I have recently relocated to Nelspruit and are very happy here. We are excitedly expecting a baby girl in May.
“ Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive who is youer than you” – Dr Seuss
Every child is unique, with his/her own character, likes and dislikes, challenges and talents. And every child has the potential to reach their own specific purpose in life. As a therapist I believe in connecting with a child where they are and building on their strengths to help them achieve their unique best. Growing is fun and embracing a child's interests, talents and abilities gives them a foundation to be 'overcomers' and be who they are meant to be. Walking alongside parents is of utmost importance to me, involving them in therapy and equipping parents with tools to help their child in every day life.
I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2013, headed out to rural Mpumalanga for community service, then planted my feet in Nelspruit. I have a passion for helping little people with the foundations of development. Working with premature babies and early childhood development (birth to 3 years), pre-learning skills, autism, down syndrome and congenital delays as well as behavior. I am Little Steps (premature baby care) trained, completed my introductory NDT, and have undergone further training in variety of developmental assessments, treatment of developmental delays and autism. I offer parent support and training along with stimulation groups for premature babies and babies with special needs. Individual sessions at the center as well as home based therapy is provided according to the child’s specific needs.
When my OT day is done, I am mommy to a precious busy toddler! We love getting messy, going on adventures and having fun with friends.
‘You are off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting so… get on your way!’ Dr. Seuss.
William Kamkwamba wrote the following inspiring words in his book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: “After a few days of rain, the seedlings will push through the soil and unfold their tiny leaves. Two weeks later, if the rain is still good, we then carefully apply the first round of fertilizer, because each seedling requires love and attention like any living thing if it's going to grow up strong.”
As an educational psychologist at Flying Colours, I believe that we are constantly at work in the lives of our children to fertilize, prune, water and love them so that they may flourish beautifully and strong. My studies have given me the skills and knowledge to support parents in the journey, and often challenges, which comes with raising our children.
I obtained my BEd (Foundation Phase) Degree cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch, after which I completed a BA Degree in Psychology. I completed my BEd (Hons) and my MEd (with specialisation in School Guidance and Counselling) at the University of South Africa, after which I was required to complete an 18 month internship under a supervising educational psychologist. I also passed the National Board Exams and am registered as an educational psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
As a mother of four young children, of which two are identical twin girls, I have a special interest in the cognitive and emotional development of twins. During my Master’s Degree, I focussed my dissertation on the classroom placement of twins during the foundation phase. Since 2013 I have also been involved with the placement and development of learners with special educational needs.
My services at Flying Colours include scholastic, intellectual and emotional assessments, play therapy, emotional intervention, parent guidance and career guidance. I am a strong believer in the multi-disciplinary approach and am privileged to work alongside a professional group of therapists.
I love living in Nelspruit with my extraordinary husband, Koos, and our beautiful children, Josua, Anmia, Elsje and Niané.
“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food” ~ Hippocrates
Living a healthy life starts with eating healthy food.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at the University of Pretoria. I did my community service year at Job Shimankane Tabane hospital in Rustenburg and returned to my home town where I worked at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic hospital in Johannesburg. During this time, I came to love working with children, specifically premature babies.
I have a great passion for working with breastfeeding mothers and infants. I believe that good nutrition from the start of life is the best stepping stone towards a healthy life. This is why I am currently doing a post-graduate course on breastfeeding to also become a Lactation Consultant.
I recently traded the big city life to live in the beautiful and serene area of White River where I joined DietPro (a dietetics practice) but I am based at Flying Colours. I enjoy seeing all types of paediatric patients including children with ADD/ADHD, autism, food allergies, food intolerances, fussy eaters, breastfeeding and breastfeeding related problems and poor growth.
I am married to the most wonderful man, JC, whom I enjoy spending time with. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my family.