Meet the team

Asheeka Naidoo

I have been working in the field of Speech and Language therapy for the past 20 years.
During this time I have dealt with a variety of speech – language related difficulties including:
Deafness and Hearing impairment, Cognitive delays, Developmental Delays, Stuttering, Learning difficulties and Adult Rehabilitation.

I am also a NILD Educational therapist. I am very passionate about reading and language and I believe strongly that these two areas of development are vital for the development of learning. Hence reading and language form the basis of my therapeutic programmes for children with learning difficulties.
I am an avid reader myself and an animal lover. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with children and I am grateful to God for this.

Debbie Jenkins

I am Debbie Jenkins and my main function at SCILD is to assist school children of all ages with mathematics. Over the past three years pupils for various reasons have seen me once a week during term time. My passion is to help them see the beauty of patterns in maths and to enjoy doing maths. Maths can be great fun! I do not follow a set programme but rather lessons are designed for the individual. My aim is to build their confidence and their ability to think about maths problems.
I am a trained teacher ( BA and HDE with maths method ). I have been married for 32 years and have 2 grown up boys! My teaching experience has been in high school mathematics, grade R, extra lessons of all ages for most of the past 30 years and assisting my own boys who both excelled at mathematics.

Dominique Mamet

I am a Narrative Therapist with 8 years in private practice. A significant portion of my work is dedicated to connecting with children and their families to help with difficulties at school, with behaviour and with adjusting to new and unfamiliar circumstances. Through play therapy, children build emotional literacy and are equipped with skills and strategies to manage strong emotions like anger and anxiety more effectively.

My primary goal when working with children, teenagers and adults is to build resilience, ultimately allowing them to re-author their life stories.

Lara Baldrey

I am Lara Baldrey, I have two wonderful boys who keep me young and energetic.
I have taught for many years in the Foundation Phase, I then moved to teaching Grade 3, and became Deputy Principal of the small IEB school that I was working at. I also taught English to Grade 9, as well.

I have a BA in African Politics, PGCE in English, and recently qualified as a NILD Level 1 therapist. I view education and knowledge as life long learning, and as such have been on many relevant courses and obtained many certificates.

I am currently the Grade 4 teacher at SCILD and do private NILD educational therapy lessons in the afternoons.

Lynn Aron
Principal/Director of SCILD and NILD educational therapist.
I have been teaching for 32 years and have a passion for children with learning difficulties, hence the development of the SCILD centre. It brings such joy to us as teachers when we see children develop and reach their innate potential and to see the positive effects of their success on their family and loved ones.
My two children have been through the NILD programme. My son who is dyslexic has overcome all odds and is in his second year at the University of Stellenbosch and my daughter did two years of NILD Educational therapy in Grades 4 and 5 and she has just graduated with distinctions in her Honours in Social Work. She is now employed by the University of Stellenbosch as a supervisor and is also doing her Honours in Psychology.
Our motto is, “ Never give up!”
I thank God for the opportunities that He has given us to help others.
Olivia Luke

My name is Olivia Luke. I am an Occupational Therapist trained in Sensory Integration, NILD Educational Therapy including Search &Teach as well as certified Level 2 DIR/Floortime Specialist. I have a private paediatric practise at The SCILD centre and work part-time. I have been married for 16 years, been practising for 11 years and have two boys aged 5 and 7 years. I am passionate about reaching out to those who struggle to learn at school and I love working with babies with any kind of developmental disorder.

Shereen Govender

Warm greetings.
My name is Shereen Govender. I have been an occupational therapist for the past 25years. Yes, I know – a dinosaur indeed! Still, with a spring in my step, giggles in my being and a heart that seems to connect with children easily, I go about my therapy.
Children with, learning difficulties, social/emotional challenges, sensori-motor immaturities, autism, developmental delays, celebral palsy are a regular part of my therapeutic experience. This year, my colleague and I will be running groups for children with social and emotional challenges.
I do believe that taking care of a child’s heart first, is the stepping stone to success in all other areas of his/her life.
Kind regards,

Ute Poser

As human beings we develop from a dependent baby to making an impact to our environment and community. For this we need to learn to interact with the environment in a meaningful way to achieve our potential. Through the integration of our sensory system we learn auditory processing, visual spatial skills, neuro-motor skills, language, social cognitive skills and of course the cognitive skills.

As an OT, I focus on this integration by identifying strengths and needs, promoting skills, assisting with the tolerance of sensory needs, providing chances to learn and experience various skills through play and activities, and providing adaptive challenges to learn self awareness.

I worked in the pediatric field for the past 15 years and I am passionate about finding each child’s potential. I have done various courses in sensory integration, vestibular training, gross- or fine-motor and cognitive skills. I have also done the search and teach training. I believe that one never stops learning.