Skilled professionals

Our Team

The Kids First team is made up of a group of highly experienced professionals

 

The Kids First SA team is made up of a group of highly experienced professionals. We are constantly learning from each other and believe that through collaborative practice and sharing knowledge, ideas and skills we will be able to offer schools and families a service that is truly integrated and most importantly, we hope, effective.

Amanda Davis

M.Sc (Speech and Language), M.A (Dyslexia), B.Sc (Hons) Founder

Amanda qualified with a BSc(hons) in Logopaedics from the University of Cape Town in 2001. She completed an MSc in speech and language therapy from UCT in 2005 and an MA in dyslexia from Kingston University (London) in 2007. She has worked across numerous settings including hospitals, special and mainstream schools in London and started her independent practice, Words First Ltd (www.wordsfirst.uk) in 2009. Words First Ltd is now one of the largest independent practices in the UK. Amanda is an advisor in dyslexia to the Royal College of Speech and Language therapy (UK) and is passionate about collaborative practice and injecting some of the outstanding special educational needs principles found in the UK into South Africa. Amanda lives in Pinelands, has 2 little girls Amy and Emily and is married to Pete. She is currently doing a PhD in reading and reading comprehension through UCT. Amanda loves the outdoors, hiking, camping and running and is partial to a glass of bubbles

Nadine Volkwyn

Occupational Therapist

Nadine graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2015 with a BSc Occupational Therapy degree. After which she completed her community service year in the Eastern Cape at Uitenhage Provincial Hospital. At the Hospital she gained experience in a variety of areas related to Occupational Therapy which included physical health, mental health and paediatrics. She assessed and treated a number of diagnoses ranging from strokes, hand injuries, ADD, ADHD, ASD, global developmental delays, FAS etc. After her community service year, she worked at one of the biggest and most well known sensory integrated Private Practices in Port Elizabeth, Michelle Vincent Occupational Therapy Private Practice. I worked here for 2 years. She was trained under an amazing and extremely knowledgeable Sensory Integration and Praxis Qualified Occupational Therapist specializing in this area. She spent the first half of 2019 working at a special school for children with intellectual disabilities and the second half of this year she has been working at a wonderful school with a multidisciplinary team in Town.  She is able to adapt to each individual child's specific personality and needs and thus works with children of all ages. 

Her areas of interest include  sensory processing disorders or concerns, ADHD, ASD and general developmental delays or concerns. She has a great passion for working with children and believes that early intervention through the use of PLAY  and a multi-sensory approach to learning is the most effective and fun way to achieving each child's individual potential.

Juliette Reynders

Speech and Language Therapist

Juliette qualified from UCT in 2015. Following her Community Service year in 2016, she spent a year living and working abroad in London. During that time Juliette learned many valuable skills in assessment, intervention and management of children with a variety of speech, language and communication difficulties. Juliette then returned to South Africa, in the hope of sharing her knowledge with those in her field. 

Juliette believes in using a child’s strengths to make therapy fun, interactive and effective. Through her experience in working across a range of different settings, Juliette is able collaborate effectively with teachers, families and relative MDT team members to ensure intervention is holistic and that progress is made as efficiently as possible. Juliette’s special interests include neurological conditions, picky eaters/problem feeders, as well as apraxia of speech.

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Nicole Soames

Educational Psychologist

Nicole has always had a love of working with and supporting the youth, and this passion has driven her life pursuit to assist children and adolescents struggling with emotional, developmental, or learning difficulties. She is a qualified Educational Psychologist, assisting children and adolescents with therapy and assessments. Through these services, she strives to develop a child’s coping strategies and personal agency in order to overcome various difficulties in the school or home environment.

She also has a special interest in hosting workshops for parents and teachers, which focus on using positive discipline within the home and school environments by setting boundaries. Nicole pursued an Honours degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Educational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Before starting her Masters degree, she also completed a short course in Practical Psychometry (University of Johannesburg), registering as a Psychometrist thereafter. Nicole has gained experience working with children, adolescents, and university students, as well as volunteering at a centre of learning with a focus on improving the emotional development and wellbeing of children under 7, their parents, and other caregivers around Alexandra Township in Johannesburg.