Cheryl Fisher – Principal Occupational Therapist.
I am an occupational therapist who qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002 and subsequently achieved a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, from the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in sensory integration and child development in 2011. In addition I completed the DIR:FCD Professional Certification in 2016 and the Fellows Certification in 2017.
I have over 10 years experience working with children in both the public and private sector in South Africa and internationally. I have been running my own practice in South Africa since 2007 and have worked with a number of highly experienced therapists. I have worked as a clinical tutor for the University of the Witwatersrand providing clinical supervision of 3rd and 4th year students. I am involved in running an NPO (Spotlight Trust) which is aimed at providing training and support for children, who have relating and engaging, and their parents/therapist through DIR:Floortime training and mentoring around the country.
I am enthusiastic about developing my skills as an occupational therapist through working in a variety of environments and with a variety of people. My practice is one in which children are enabled to reach their full potential, further I have a desire to use my skills to the benefit of disadvantaged children. I have an interest in working with children with physical or learning difficulties who are under the age of 10 and to develop my skills in working with children with mild to moderate difficulties, focusing on early intervention. I enjoy working closely with parents to provide the best intervention for the child to allow for carry over in the home and school environments.
Lizelle De Nobrega – Occupational Therapist
I am an Occupational Therapist and graduated with a BSc (OT) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. I have attended all of the SAISI accredited courses in Sensory Integration and am a qualified SIPT user.
I have worked in both the health and education sectors as well as experiencing both private and public service, always working in my preferred area of paediatrics.
In the mornings, I currently work at a public school for learners aged 3 to 21 years with a diagnosis of Autism. I have been working at the school for 5 years and am the Head of Department. I began and set up the Occupational Therapy department at the school in 2010 and it has been growing ever since. Our main approach to therapy at the school is using a Sensory Integration framework and I have gained much experience in this approach both within the public and the private sectors.
I have a passion for helping children and learning from them as we travel together on the pathway of the therapy process. My other passion is learning about and improving my skills in Sensory Integration. I believe that learning never ceases and continues throughout our life span and I look forward to all the possibilities and experiences of growth that I may encounter with my clients.
Alicia Myburgh – Occupational Therapist
I am an OT who qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016 and am further working towards achieving a Masters of Science in Occupational therapy, from the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in paediatric OT. Children are so resilient, there is no way not to want to be involved!
I am currently working up my paediatric experience within the South African setting and have had special experiences within government hospitals, community clinics and child homes. I have had further experience in forensic psychiatry with adolescents and as such have a special interest in both paediatric and adolescent therapy.
I am enthusiastic about creating independence and a quality of life for children and further focus on improving my skills by attending regular courses related to paediatric rehabilitation. I believe in working closely with parents and caregivers to allow for carry over in the home and school environments.
Micah-Lee James – Speech Therapist
I graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Westville campus) in 2006, as one of the top in my class, with a bachelor’s degree in communication pathology: speech-language pathology. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I annually partake in various courses/workshops to learn and acquire new skills, deepen my current knowledge/expertise, and keep abreast of the continually growing professional service.
I have gained extensive working experience in a government hospital and clinics, special needs schools, a private paediatric practice, and a private adult rehabilitation centre. Following my passion in paediatrics I have been running my own practice since 2012, serving children in mainstream and special needs schooling (mainly Autism and Downs Syndrome, but not excluding other syndromes and barriers to learning); gaining experience and building skills in many childhood communication difficulties. My practice is currently based in two special needs schools and one mainstream pre-school. To your benefit, my practice has also stepped into the Norwood Sports Medicine and Exercise Institute alongside Cheryl Fisher’s Occupational Therapy practice, with whom a good working relationship has already developed at a school we both serve.