DISCO training for professionals: ‘Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders’

Neurodiversity Centre is proud to announce upcoming training for qualified Health Professionals working in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Training in the use of the DISCO (Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders), which is a prerequisite for becoming a registered user of this diagnostic framework, will take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg in the second half of 2018.  The presenters are Ben Truter, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director of Neurodiversity Centre and Registered DISCO trainer, and Dr Wendy Vogel, Head of Clinical Unit: Division Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital and Senior Lecturer at UCT.  This training is aimed at Psychologists, Psychiatrist, Paediatricians, and associated professionals with some experience of condition on the Autism Spectrum. It consists of four days training divided into two parts, with practical course work in between:

Cape Town:  Part I – 31 Aug & 01 Sept 2018
Part II – 26 & 217 Oct 2018

Johannesburg: Part I – 25 &26 Sept 2018
Part II – 23 & 24 Nov 2018

For further details, click here: DISCO TRAINING 2018






The Bridges in Social Understanding programme is now available from the Neurodiversity Centre. This is a one year online curriculum that develops social skills in a paced, long term manner. It is ideally delivered in small groups, but can also be worked through individually by a teacher or parent, with the support of a trained professional. For further information about this very promising programme, please see www.bridgessocial.com

The cost per child per year is R2750 and must be paid in full upon registration. Registration forms and further information can be obtained from training@neurodiversitycentre.co.za and below:

Bridges Curriculum Info -Parents

Bridges Curriculum Info-Professionals

The Neurodiversity Centre hosted formal training in the use of the Bridges in Social Understanding programme by its developers, Ms Mary Yong and Ms Catherine Pownall, on 30-31 January 2018 and 02 February 2018. Attended by 31 professionals and 15 parents, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the team at Neurodiversity Centre is very inspired to start using and/or supporting the use of this programme as soon as possible.






The Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO)

The Neurodiversity Centre is proud to announce that we will be hosting the first ever DISCO training in South Africa. Developed by Dr Judith Gould and the late Dr Lorna Wing, the DISCO is considered to be one of the international “gold standard” diagnostic instruments. In addition to providing a diagnostic framework, the DISCO also guides intervention and treatment planning, making it an exceptionally valuable instrument.

We are honoured to have Dr Judith Gould, Dr Sue Sheppard and Dr Mary Webb from the Lorna Wing Institute (National Autistic Society) in London, UK, come and present this training in the Western Cape.

This prestigious training is aimed at professionals working in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as Psychologists, Psychiatrist and Paediatricians. The training will take place over two modules, the first being 6-7 December 2017 and the second provisionally 12-13 March 2018. Delegates will be required to conduct a practical component, for formal assessment by the Training Team, in between these two modules.

35 CPD points (Level 1) have been aproved for this event, including 2 Ethical points.

*** Dr Judith Gould will also be presenting a talk for the general public on Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum on Thursday 07 December at Bridge House school on the R45, Franschoek. Entry fee of R140 includes a glass of wine and snacks upon arrival – 18h30 for 19h00. Parents, teachers, professionals, students – all are welcome to come and learn from to this world authority. An opportunity not to be missed!!  ***

Contact person: Ilse Crous
Tel: (021) 200 8327