Special Services

Apple Tree Learning Centre (Western Cape)

The Apple Tree Learning Centre (ATLC) is an inclusive, independent, Christian based school situated in the heart of Somerset West. Our School caters for learners who have difficulty coping in a mainstream school. Classes are from grade RR to grade 7 and we follow the CAPS curriculum as underlined by the Western Cape education Department (WCED).

For our younger learners, early childhood development is our focal point to ensure that each child’s developmental needs are incorporated into their academic program.

The Apple Tree Team consist of remedial therapists, an on-site occupational therapist, trained teacher assistants and qualified educators. We also work closely with an educational psychologist and speech and language therapist. We have a strong belief in collaborative interaction and learning, value every ones input and we therefore ensure that our team constantly grows professionally.

The Apple Tree team is passionate about arts and culture and to this end we aim to incorporate a holistic approach in our teaching, hence ensuring that each child’s needs, individuality, culture, strengths and passions are nurtured. We have a deep conviction of the unique individual value that each child carries, and to this end, we earnestly seek to be part in encouraging each child to overcome their specific barrier(s) to learning. Even to be able to put them back in mainstream schools later on.

Our small class sizes lead to more one on one attention from the educator and we are driven to make learning fun for all. It is our priority that our team willingly takes on new challenges every day to impart instructions and to create an excellent learning environment for all our learners, because ultimately they will become our future leaders.

For more information please contact:
Este Lottering
Contact no: 079 498 7822

Area: Western Cape, Helderberg, Somerset West

Dance for Parkinson's (Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KZN and Western Cape)

Julie was a ballet and tap teacher for 20 years, and as of November 2017, she sold her dance school to concentrate solely on Dance for PD®.

In 2015 Julie traveled to New York, USA to attend the first course in Dance for PD® with the Founding Director, David Leventhal. Julie began teaching classes almost immediately.

In  January 2017, fellow ballet teacher, Carmen Davidson joined Julie and together they have pioneered the program’s reach throughout South Africa.

Julie returned to New York in October 2017 to complete further training. Julie is now one of only 6 certified trainers world wide. Dance for Parkinson’s SA® has trained teachers in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KZN and Western Cape, as well as training a teacher from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Julie says: My passion is Dance for PD® and to see how people with PD respond, is nothing but incredible and soulfully rewarding!

Parkinson’s has many motor and non motor symptoms and in these classes we address these symptoms in fun, challenging, creative ways with the aid of music as our greatest tool!

We would love to have you join a class, come and experience why WE CHOOSE TO MOVE...

We run training courses for dance teachers, as well as Educational and Enrichment Workshops. We offer workshops for Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists who are interested in our methods, cueing strategies and  the creative tools which we use in our classes.

Contact Julie for more information:

Enabler Recruitment System

Enabler is a unique recruitment system which specialises in providing career opportunities to differently-abled people.

Enabler's purpose is to facilitate communication between employers and available disabled employees. The system strives to provide an easy way to effectively match candidates to appropriate opportunities.

For disabled people to be productive and valuable assets to an employer, it is essential that the right person fills the right position. Enabler collects enough relevant data to be able to make that decision.

Website: www.enabler.co.za

For more information please contact:
Tel: 082 345 3964
Fax: 086 529 8714

Area: South Africa

Faery Glen Therapy Centre (Gauteng)

Faery Glen Therapy Centre is based in Northriding and is a special needs school for those with autism, cognitive delays and special needs.

Website: www.faeryglen.co.za

For more information please contact:
Candice Brooks (Principal):
083 543 1623

Area: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Randburg, North Riding

School and aftercare for children with special needs (Pretoria East, Gauteng)

Includes psychometrists, educators, neuropsychology student, etc.


For more information contact:
Carin van Eerden

Area: Gauteng, Pretoria East

SNAP (Special Needs Adapted Program) (Western Cape)

SNAP Academy teaches the National Curriculum for children on the Autistic Spectrum and children with other special needs.

Website: www.snap.org.za

For more information please contact:
Tel: 021 975 7224
Fax: 021 975 7224
Cell: 083 236 1766

Area: Western Cape, Cape Town, Durbanville

Special Needs Schools in the Western Cape

If you are looking for schools for children with special needs, living in the Western Cape, the following are listed by the Western Cape Government (according to their website dated 07/07/2018):

For more information, visit the website https://www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/education/facilities/788.

Facility Location
Agape School Mitchells Plain
Alpha School Woodstock
Alta Du Toit Skool Kuils River
Astra School Montana
Athlone School for the Blind Bellville
Atlantis Skills School Atlantis
Batavia Special Needs School Claremont
Beacon School Westridge
Bet-El Skool Vir Epileptici Kuils River
Blouvlei School Retreat
Carel Du Toit Centre Tygerberg
Carpe Diem School George
Chere Botha School Bellville
De Grendel Special Needs School Milnerton
Die Bult Youth Centre George
Dominican Grimley-School Hout Bay
Dominican School for the Deaf Wynberg
Dorothea Special School Dennesig
Eljada School Oudtshoorn
Eros School Athlone
Faure Jeugsorg- En Onderwys-Sentrum Faure
Filia School Goodwood
Florida Skills School Ruyterwacht
Glenbridge Special School and Resource Centre Diep River
Groote Schuur Hospital School Observatory
Huis Bonnytoun School Kraaifontein
Huis Outeniekwa Primary George
Huis Rosendal Primary Eerste River
Huis Vredelus Primary Elsies River
Jan Kriel-Skool Kuils River
Kairos School Oudtshoorn
Karitas School Vredenburg
Khayalitsha School For Learners With Special Education Needs Mitchells Plain
Klein Karoo Skills School Oudtshoorn
Kraaifontein Special Youth Care and Education Centre Kraaifontein
Lentegeur School for Learners with Special Educational Needs Mitchells Plain
Ligstraal School Paarl East
Lindelani School Stellenbosch
Maitland Cottage Home Newlands
Mary Harding School Athlone
Mary Kihn School Observatory
Molenbeek School Maitland
Noluthando Sch. For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Somerset West
Nompumelelo School Gatesville
Oasis School Belhar
Ocean View School Fish Hoek
Olympia Skills School Pacaltsdorp
Ottery Youth and Education Centre Ottery
Paarl School of Skills Suider Paarl
Paarl-Skool Brackenfell
Princess Alice Hospital School Observatory
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital School Rondebosch
Robin Hill Special School Atlantis
Rusthof School Somerset West
St. Joseph's School Montana
Tafelberg School Bothasig
Tembaletu School Gugulethu
Tygerberg Hospital School Parow
Van Kervel School for Special Needs Learners George
Vera School for Learners with Autism Rondebosch
Vista Nova High School Campus Pinelands
Vista Nova Primary School Campus Rondebosch
Wellington Youth Care Centre Wellington
West Coast Special Needs School Saldanha
Westcliff Special School Bellville
Sugarplums & Sweetpeas Playgroup (Gauteng)

Sugarplums & Sweetpeas Playgroup is a special needs playgroup that caters for children age 18 months to 6 years.

For children with developmental delays in the areas of:

  • Speech/Communication
  • Auditory Processing
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Aspergers
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Learning difficulties

Website: www.sandsplaygroup.co.za

For more information please contact Stacey - 082 432 5867

Area: Gauteng, Johannesburg North, Glenhazel

The Key School (Gauteng)

The Key School in Parktown is a centre for young adults with special needs. They are looking at getting connected with families that may be interested.

Please see the advert and  distribute it to others who may be interested.

Jenni Gous PhD

The Key School for Specialised Education (Autism)

7 Rhodes Avenue

Landline: 27 11 726 2445/1061
Fax: 27 11 726 7901
Aftercare: 082 555 6412
Website: www.thekeyschool.org
auSOMEtism: www.auSOMEtism.co.za
Blog: auSOMEtism.blogspot.com

Area: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Parktown

The Living House (Western Cape)

The Living House is an addiction recovery centre with specialists in post rehabilitation and addiction treatment. The Living House provides a safe environment in which recovering addicts can continue practicing their tools of recovery so that they have the strength to resist triggers that may still be present in their real lives.

This kind of transitional living gives people the opportunity to get back in the real world and return to their jobs (or find new ones), while still receiving the security of support meetings and the safety of a community of people who are serious about their recovery. This post-rehab stage is important to successful addiction recovery.

Website: www.thelivinghouse.co.za

For more information please contact:
084 454 8464

Area: Western Cape, Cape Town, Kenilworth

Wandworth School (Gauteng)

We cater for children from the age of 3 to 20, with CP, Global Development Delay, Sensory Integration Disorders, Autism Spectrum and those without a diagnosis. You can visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Wandsworth-School or our website, www.wandsworthschool.co.za

Address: 197 Starling Avenue, Boskruin, Randburg, 2188

Contact details:
Natalie Walker - Operations Manager
tel: 011 793 6310
cell: 073 795 5672
e-mail: natalie@wandsworthschool.co.za

Area: Johannesburg, Randburg