Service Providers


National Director
Braamfontein, Johannesburg
T.  011 484 9909

At Autism South Africa, we strive to create a community that assists those affected by autism and provide them with the tools they need to create
positive change in their lives.

We do this by:

  • Focusing Autism South Africa’s programmes to improve the quality of life for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Developing and strengthening Autism South Africa’s services on a national basis;
  • Increasing public concern and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the efforts of Autism South Africa.

 star academy

Head office: 011 440 7796

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The Star Academy is based in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

The Star Academy is an affiliate CARD site and provides education programs based on the principles of ABA to children who present with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD or PDD NOS);
  • Aspergers;
  • Language delay;
  • Challenging behaviours;
  • Developmental delay in the areas of communication, cognition or social interaction;
  • ADHD ;or
  • Any other disorder related to Autism.

The services provided at the Star Academy follows the C.A.R.D. Model. Each child attending the Academy is assigned a Local Supervisor or C.A.R.D. Supervisor. who conducts an initial assessment and program design. The Supervisor designs the child’s individual program tailored to address the specific delays and/or challenges of that specific child. A team of trained ABA tutors are assigned to work with each child under the supervision and guidance of the Supervisor.

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Counselling Psychologist

Kenridge and Cape Gate, Cape Town
T.  021 987 0111/7

Rose-Hannah offers treatment for the following:

  • Anxiety, Depression and Phobias
  • Stress Management and Progressive Relaxation Therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • Anger Management and Assertiveness Training
  • Social Skills Development of Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Marital/Couple Counselling
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce Counselling (and dealing with the impact on the entire family)
  • Family Therapy
  • Effective Parenting
  • Individual Therapy (Adults, Adolescents & Children)
  • Evaluations such as School Readiness, Scholastic/Diagnostic,
  • Therapy for children: Emotional Difficulties, ADD/ADHD, Developmental/Learning Disorders, Impulse Control, Enuresis, Encopresis, Anger Management, Social Skills, Behaviour Modification etc.
  • Subject Choice, School Placement, Determining Aptitude, Career Counselling, Vocational Guidance and Development
  • Study methods for mainstream, ADHD and learning disabled children


Educational Psychologist

Cape Town
T.  082 7588 702

Christelle is an Educational Psychologist who has worked with Autism Spectrum Disorders extensively over the past 5 years (since xxxx). Having a sister on the Autism Spectrum herself, she has completed her Master Thesis on the effect of living with a person with autism in the family. She has also worked on the outreach team for Vera School for AAutism Learners and has been the psychologist at Boland School for Autism for the past 3 years.

Her services include:

  • Developmental assessments
  • Diagnosis
  • Parental guidance
  • Emotional support
  • Social skills development.

Her practice is situated in Stellenbosch and she conducts school visits.


Counselling Psychologist

Bellville, Cape Town
T.  072 595 7489

Georgia Setzer is a Counselling Psychologist whose areas of expertise and special interests include:

  • Play Therapy
  • Parent Counselling*
  • Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Childhood (such as Anxiety and Depression)
  • Early Childhood Development Assessment
  • School Readiness Assessment
  • Scholastic Assessment
  • ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Divorce Counselling for Children
  • Bereavement Counselling for Children

*Parent Counselling includes assisting with discipline and behavioural issues; understanding your child’s developmental stage and temperament; focussing on positive parent-child relationships; and enhancing your child’s self-esteem.

She practices in English and Afrikaans.


HANDLE Practitioner

Pinelands, Cape Town
T.  083 444 4554

Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency

Jennifer Southgate, an educator and HANDLE practitioner affiliated to the HANDLE Institute, USA, is based in Cape Town. The HANDLE approach is developmental in nature. It treats problems at their roots rather than simply providing short-term solutions or compensatory techniques.

  • The approach is effective in assisting individuals with:
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Language Delays
  • Memory Problems
  • Brain Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy

HANDLE addresses the needs of the sensory motor system and employs gentle enhancement.

marina grobler


Cape Town
T.  073 303 1375

Qualifying with a BA in Psychology, Marina always had an interest in the complexity of the brain. During her time at a high school and pre-primary school in Namibia, Marina was constantly exposed to children with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities. She knew she had to help, so she started researching alternative methods to give these children a chance to function at an optimal level.

In 2003 Marina came across a treatment called Neurofeedback. She immediately started researching this treatment and saw positive results. This prompted Marina to get her qualification as a Neurofeedback Therapist through EEG Spectrum. She started using qEEG because it could pin point irregularities in the brain. Achieving great results Marina was (and still does) constantly researching new developments. During 2009 she came across the Tomatis® Method and became registered as a Tomatis® Practitioner. Marina also became a provider for Cellfield in 2009, which helps people with reading difficulties.

ab africa

ABA Specialist

Cape Town
T.  082 309 8400

ABAfrica offers affordable one on one ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) therapy to children on the Autism spectrum and related disorders. Karla Pretorius, Director of ABAfrica, does initial assessments with children and sets up an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) for each child. Therapists are trained for the specific child and programs are managed by Karla. By working closely with other professionals in the field, Karla ensures a holistic approach for each child. Programs include all curriculum areas as well as a behavioural plan to decrease challenging behaviours.


Clinical Psychologist

Kenridge, Cape Town
T.  021 828 1828

I am a Clinical Psychologist practising in the Northern Suburbs. I provide psychotherapy in English and Afrikaans to children, adolescents, adults and families. I believe in the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship and work from an integrative approach. An integrative approach focuses on each client’s individual needs and strengths. My areas of special interest include working with children, adolescents and adults with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, childhood and adolescent disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders and anxiety disorders. I also work with the families of those affected and who are diagnosed with psychiatric disorders.


Clinical Psychologist

Kenridge and Edgemead, Cape Town

T.  082 340 3495
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I am a Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Kenridge and Edgemead area. I provide psychotherapy (a method of treating psychological, emotional and social difficulties) to children, adolescents, parents and adults in a variety of areas. I offer play therapy to children (unlike, adolescents and adults, children struggle to verbalise their emotions and experiences so I use play, a child’s natural form of expression, in order to understand the child’s feelings and experiences. I am trained in a variety of modalities and believe that every individual is unique and I tailor therapy to meet my client’s specific needs.

I also provide the following assessments:

  • School readiness assessment: assesses a range of physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive skills to assess how prepared a child is to succeed in school cognitively, socially and emotionally.
  • Scholastic/educational assessment: a child struggling with his/her schoolwork may require an assessment to determine the underlying cause of poor performance – such as a specific learning difficulty. Specific difficulties I assess for include but are not limited to: ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, developmental and learning delays, reading /writing/spelling/mathematics difficulties.
  • Developmental assessment: to assess whether a child has developmental delays using the Griffith Mental Development Scale.