THE SMART CLUB

Facilitating Learning

Some learners experience further barriers to learning: among others, those of dyslexia; motor-coordination or perceptual difficulties; the trauma of abuse, or even deficits in hearing.  An injection of funding was received in August 2017, specifically to fund the support of a pilot group of learners who experience other learning difficulties.  So,
The Smart Club was born.

The Smart Club seeks to help subsidize the support of learners who have various learning difficulties, and which their parents/guardians may well not be able to address due to lack of funding.

Some of the areas in which we are looking to assist, in order to improve the effectiveness of struggling learners’ experience of learning: 

  • Eye and hearing tests
  • Occupational and Speech and Language Therapy assessments and follow up treatment sessions.
  • Play Therapy for children traumatised by abuse
  • Assessments by Paediatric Psychiatrists in cases of suspected ADD/ADHD/ASD
  • Diagnosis of dyslexia by experienced Educational Psychologists
  • Specialist classroom facilitators

To Date, The Smart Club has achieved the following:

  • 10 learners have been assessed by Jo Kidd, a highly skilled Occupational Therapist (OT). Her full reports and Home and School Plans have shed light on how we can help these leaners cope better with learning. She will work 1-to-1 with some of the learners on a monthly basis.
  • In October 2017, Jo Kidd spent an afternoon with Grade R educators, encouraging them in strategies to improve fine and gross motor coordination skills in their little learners, in the run up to their move to Grade 1. 
  • A newly qualified TEFL teacher, Margaret Koopman, comes in to work with two small groups of Grade R and Grade 1 learners who struggle speaking English as their 2nd language. 
  • In February 2018, Elizabeth Nadler-Nir of The Reading Language Gym gave a fascinating presentation on ‘Reading Challenges and Teaching Tips’ to help educators improve learners’ reading skills.
  • An initial assessment by a leading Pediatric Psychiatrist was funded, to try and unravel the severe and complex difficulties one little girl experiences, which caused her to be almost ineducable in her 2nd year in Grade 1. This appointment successfully sent the child for an MRI scan and 24 hr EEG monitoring, resulting in a diagnosis which gives hope for treatment. Her parents’ gratitude, as well as ours, cannot be expressed.

Our present funding will only stretch so far. Would you like to enable us to ensure the ongoing work of the Smart Club?

GOOD START TRUST
The Smart Club
Standard Bank
A/c No: 421322098
Branch: 024109
Swift code: SBZA ZA JJ

PBO Reference No. 930061524