My Story

My name is Eloise Smith, a Foundation Stage Teacher with a Further Diploma in Special Needs from the University of Stellenbosch with 20 years experience teaching main stream and learners with special educational needs.  I have experience using different strategies in my teaching, including TEACCH, PECS, Sign Language, Social Stories, DIR Floortime and SPELL.

After work experience as special needs teacher for 8 years in the UK, working mostly with children with severe learning difficulties (Autism, Down’s Syndrome, etc), I studied Psychology through UNISA for 3 years

Other training include DIR Floortime, Einsteinhands signing, First Aid, Positive Handling, Signalong (Makaton), several Autism workshops and Play therapy.

I am passionate about Early Intervention and use all this knowledge in my day-to-day work to ensure the best results possible with children.

With 22 years of experience tutoring literacy and numeracy, as well as study skills training, I also do tutoring in the afternoons, teaching children study skills, helping them with planning, studying and day-to-day work.