BTC was established in 1994 after a need for an ECI Therapy Centre was identified and was subsequently established with the support of the Johanniter Orden (the German equivalent of the Order of St. John).
We have, since our inception, developed a pioneering focus with regards to therapy. Over time this focus evolved into a model that implements a child-centred and holistic approach to coaxing each of our little ones towards achieving their full potential.
Our model has moved away from a compartmentalised check-box approach, towards an integrated child-specific approach describing development. The focus is on your child’s ability to become functional while following the ICF Model (explaining the child’s limitations in activities and acknowledging the immediate and broader environmental role players), first within the context of their own disability and then more broadly, in the context of the home, community and society as a whole.
In this model, the various therapies employed become more than mere token remedies. It begins to serve the overall need of your child to manage daily tasks for themselves and to develop a healthy frame of mind and emotional well-being within the context of their circumstances. This model moves away from a competitive, idealised or stereotypical approach, towards a view which sees every child as beloved, valuable and having a productive and valuable role to play in society.
We aim to provide and create a happy, family-orientated environment.
VISION AND MISSION
Head of Centre
Day Care Nurse
Janine Van Niekerk
Day Care Nurse
Sr. Rina van der Grijp
Day Care Nurse
Day Care Assistant
Scheán is a biological scientist specializing in forensic DNA with 25+ years of experience in a forensic science working environment. Her insight into genetics and her scientific background has served her well to understand the conditions of children with special needs. Scheán also understands the fundamentals of a therapy-based approach to overcome developmental challenges in children with special needs. She was appointed as the principal of Chrysalis Preschool in May 2016 and has extensive experience in management.
In 1979 Margot started her career as a Community Health Nurse in Klerksdorp where she worked for two years. She then went on to serve the community for thirty-four years working as a nurse for the City of Tshwane.
On retirement, Margot started doing contract work for CANSA as well as working for BTC on a part-time basis.
She has completed training in Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment (GMA) in preterm, term and young infants, as well as on neurodevelopmental supportive care of the preterm infant. She has also completed ‘Hands-on Autism’ training with Autism South Africa. She has clinical experience in paediatric seating and has completed a professional wheelchair service delivery course with the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. She has attended many short courses to improve her skill in paediatric rehabilitation and continues to build on her knowledge and expertise.
Sajida has a special interest in early childhood intervention and enjoys working with children with a variety of conditions to promote function and development. She is passionate about helping children develop the necessary skills for the job of life.
Nicole obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (with distinction) from the University of Pretoria. She received the top achievement award in paediatrics and completed her community service at Potchefstroom Hospital. She has completed two courses in hand therapy as well as a course on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She regularly participates in short courses to continue learning. She has a special interest in sensory integration, hand therapy and ECI. She provides individual and group therapy to children with various needs and enjoys partnering with parents and other professionals as part of the multi-disciplinary team.