Mapping the Listening & Speaking Brain for Learning Workshop | 7 September 2016

We are looking forward to hosting a first of its kind workshop for professionals, parents and teachers working with children age 3 – 9 years. An empowering workshop where we will share our knowledge and insight into the development of the child within the classroom environment in terms of auditory skills, speech and language and sensory integration.

Our presenters, Natalie Buttress, Carol Mestern and Romy Kruger are experts in their respective fields and we thank them for offering their voluntary services to empower others.

Date: 7 September 2016
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: Fish Hoek Primary School, Upper Recreation Road, Fish Hoek

RSVP is essential.


Families Connect | Parenting A Deaf & Gifted Child | 20 August 2016

We are very excited to have Mom and Blogger, Juliet Martinez, from States sharing her parenting journey with us.

Date: 20 August 2016
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Fish Hoek Pre-Primary School, 1 Abington Circle, Fish Hoek

This is an interactive get together for parents raising children with hearing loss (and other auditory/language challenges). Allowing us all an opportunity to engage with Juliet, who blogs over at Parenting A Deaf and Gifted Child. She is also looking forward to meeting parents from South Africa and hear our stories and share experiences.

Do join us and please confirm your participation by clicking “going” on this Facebook Event, or send us an email at or sms us on 079 817 6583.

As always, children are welcome 🙂

Families Connect 9 April 2016 | Special Needs in the Classroom – Parent / Teacher Partnerships

“Education is all a matter of building bridges” – Ralph Ellison.

We invite you to join us for an informal discussion on building inclusive partnerships between parents and teachers when accommodating special needs in the classroom.

When:  9th April 2016
Time:  10:00 – 11:30
Where:  Fish Hoek Pre-Primary School, 1 Abington Circle, Fish Hoek

This talk will be presented by Paula Wickham, Principal of Fish Hoek Pre-Primary school. She has a special interest in inclusive education and supporting special needs in the classroom environment whilst guiding parents through developing effective relationships with their child’s teacher.

Paula’s experience includes that of supporting and guiding families, as an educator, from diagnoses, to support, to intervention, to researching alternative school placement opportunities that are “in the best interest of the child”.

“How do I address my child’s COMMUNICATION and ENVIRONMENTAL needs with the teacher?” this is one of the questions that parents often struggle with.

Join us for a morning of innovative, practical and solutions driven discussion.

Children are welcome!

For more information and to RSVP email Also view our Events Page here.

Families Connect | Barriers to Optimum Auditory Development | 22 August 2015

Jenny Perold will present a talk on the barriers that impacts on auditory development in children with hearing loss.

When: 22 August 2015

Where: Fish Hoek Pre-Primary School, 1 Abington Circle, Fish Hoek Cape Town

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Jenny is an Audiologist at the Tygerberg Hospital-University of Stellenbosch Cochlear Implant Unit. Her work has had a significant impact on many families, and we look forward to spending an interactive morning with her!

Please confirm your attendance here or email Children are welcome.

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Families Connect | Speech, Language Development & Hearing Loss | 27 June 2015

Carol Mestern, Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist, will present an informative & interactive talk on the impact hearing loss has on speech and language development. Some key areas that she will focus on are:

•Mild & unilateral hearing loss
•The impact classroom acoustics has on speech & language development
•Incorporating speech and language development into every day family life

When: 27 June 2015

Where: Fish Hoek Pre-Primary School, 1 Abington Circle Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Carol has a wealth of experience and knowledge in he field of paediatric speech and language development (and audiology). She’s worked at the Dominican Grimley School for the deaf as Speech Therapist and Audiologist and is in private practice in Fish Hoek and Tokai currently.

This is a wonderful resource morning for Educators and Families raising children with a hearing impairment and/or speech and language development delay.

Email for more information.

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Families Connect | Silencing Fear – Growing Up Deaf | 9 May 2015

Our guest speaker, Ashleigh Bredeveldt, shares her childhood journey, of growing up deaf. The challenges faced by her and her twin sister, both cochlear implant users.

Date: 9 May 2015

Where: Fish Hoek Pre-Primary School, 1 Abington Circle, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

A Carel du Toit & Dominican Grimley School Alumni, an opportunity for parents to share some of their challenges and gain insight from a young adult who has travelled the journey their children are only embarking on now.

You can read more about Ashleigh at this link

Children are welcome!

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Families Connect | Journey to Sound & Acceptance | 21 March 2015

Our Guest Speaker, Jonene Johnson ,shares her daughter’s journey to sound and the emotional rollercoaster of acceptance.

Date: 21 March 2015

Where: Fish Hoek Pre-Primary, 1 Abington Circle, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Jonene is mother to 10 year old Daniel and 6 year old Kaylin who is profoundly deaf. She also recently started volunteering at The Carel du Toit Centre where she assist with the parent support programme.

Join us for an inspiring morning. Remember that children are welcome!

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Families Reconnect | 21 February 2015

Welcome to 2015! Some exciting things are happening this year and we would like to start the year off by reconnecting with you!

Date: 21 February 2015
Where: Fish Hoek Pre-Primary, 1 Abington Circle Fish Hoek, Cape Town
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

We’ve connected with some new families and have made some new friends. We’ve remained in contact with current families and hope that you’ve referred us to your new friends.

2015 is about YOU! Let’s reconnect, parent-to-parent and talk about the things that you would like to see happen this year.

Some of you missed out on some great family mornings last year…Our volunteer speakers are keen to continue supporting us this year, BUT we first want to hear about YOUR needs, YOUR objectives and HOW WE can HELP YOU!

As usual, children are welcome. Do join us and let’s reconnect.

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