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.

Marina Forster

Speech and Language Therapist

Marina qualified from UP in 2019 and did her community service year at Chris Hani Barragwanath Academic hospital. She is fully bilingual in Afrikaans and English. She grew up in Limpopo where she matriculated as one of the top 3 learners. She is extremely passionate about children and truly enjoys what she does. She is also currently doing a lactation consultant course as she enjoys working with feeding difficulties. Marina focuses on building on children's strengths and believes that parents should be an integral part of therapy. 

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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.