ADHASA conference

On the 18th August 2018 ADHASA the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa held a conference in Pretoria at the Eduplex School in Queenswood. More than 200 delegates participated in the event. The ecosystemic approach in dealing with challenges marked the choice of speakers i.e. paediatric developmental psychiatrist, general practitioners , neuro scientists, educators and educational psychologists. My topic that I chose to address on this occasion was to present the TrainingMatters programme on “How to teach so children with ADHD can succeed” with the idea of eliciting responses from the educators that were present about strategies that they used in their classrooms. Two factors that appeared throughout the presentations was being very careful about making a judgment or a diagnosis too quickly and if one did have a final diagnosis that the intervention plan had to be specifically designed for the individual child!  I was left with the thought that the advances being made in neuro science was assisting greatly to “read” what was going on in the child’s brain far more scientifically than ever before and that advances in this field would go a long way in assisting professionals  that worked with children with ADHD.  


SAASWIPP workshop

On Friday 17 August Social workers from SAASWIPP Eastrand attended this workshop where we explored the therapeutic value of four activities they experienced first-hand.  There was opportunity to reflect on one’s own reactions and also understand the reactions of others when they face challenges.  We also discussed different scenarios where these activities can be used in family therapy, couples’ sessions and individual therapeutic content.



Apart from learning, we had much fun which resulted in lowered stress levels and renewed energy levels to start the weekend with.

Self-care for teachers

On 12 February 2018, we facilitated a workshop at Glen Austin Primary School in Glen Austin, Midrand with the focus on healthy self-care habits for teachers.