A healthy approach to the sex talk

While many parents can find it uncomfortable, sexual health education is a crucial part a child’s upbringing. DANIE BREEDT gives some tips on how to approach the discussion, including talking to children with disabilities Learning to access sex education as well as talk openly and honestly about sexual health is […]

Playdates and children with disabilities

It is important for children to socialise with their peers outside of school. EMMA MCKINNEY provides parents with some tips on navigating playdates with their children with disabilities  Playdates are a regular childhood activity. Socialising with other children outside of school is very important. Children learn important social skills such […]

Inclusive play park for medically fragile children

Surrounded by joyful laughter, St. Joseph’s Home (SJH) unveiled the brand new play park at their 175-bed paediatric intermediary care facility in Cape Town. Designed specifically to accommodate children with disabilities, the play area is an oasis for paediatric patients to spend time outdoors in a safe space – something […]

Accessible home learning

EMMA MCKINNEY provides some tips on how to make an environment more accessible for home learning Previously many parents and caregivers of children with disabilities felt that schoolwork, activities and therapy were best left to their children’s school, teachers and in some instances, therapists. However, the COVID-19 lockdown has shown...

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Forms to support learners with disabilities

Continuing her series, Emma McKinney discusses the forms that teachers need to complete to access support for learners In this section of the series, we focus on providing teachers with an understanding of the second stage of the screening, identification, assessment and support (SIAS) policy. This stage includes assessments and...

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Accessing support for those who need it most

Continuing her series on integrating children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms in mainstream schools, Emma McKinney explains what a learner profile is and how teachers should complete this from to access support for learners who need it most The last article focussed on the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS)...

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Greater risk of abuse for children with disabilities

Among the range of rights violations that children with disabilities have to endure, abuse ranks as the vilest. Their physical and emotional abuse and neglect, alongside sexual exploitation, including rape, should be of prime concern for all South Africans. In fact, children with disabilities are three times more likely to […]

Internet: threat or sanctuary for children with disabilities?

  In celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), the Council of Europe released a new report that focuses on children with disabilities in the digital environment. It found that the internet can be an equalising factor in accessing information and yet puts these children at greater […]

Young golfers tested at interschool tournament

The fourth annual First Swing Programme (FSP) Inter Schools KwaZulu-Natal Festival took place at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on September 3, with young golfers with disabilities from Mason Lincoln Special School, Open Air School and RP Moodley School enthusiastically competing in the event. The tournament was staged in a five-hole, […]