Neurodiversity Centre is pleased to announce the dates for the next training in the use of the Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO). This intensive 4-day training is aimed at professionals such as Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, Psychologists, OTs and SLTs with a grounding in conditions on the Autism Spectrum.  It is presented in collaboration with the British National Autistic Society (www.autism.org.uk/DISCO) and will take place in Durbanville on:

30 & 31 March (Stage I) and
07 & 08 June (Stage II)
with coursework before and between the two Stages.

Presenters:  Ben Truter and Dr Wendy Vogel

For more information click here: DISCO 2019





         30 NOV & 01 DEC 2018

We are delighted to announce that our 2-day Facilitator Training is coming to Hermanus at the end of November.  We have just completed the same training in Durbanville, with extremely positive feedback.  To register for the Hermanus training, please contact training@neurodiversitycentre.co.za

Facilitator Training Info




12 & 13 OCTOBER 2018

Our next 2-day training for ASD Facilitators will be on 12 & 13 October 2018 in Durbanville (venue to be confirmed). This training, presented by Educational Psychologist Corneil Claassen, is aimed at new or experienced facilitators that support a child on the Autism Spectrum, whether in the class room or at home.  Parents and teachers may also benefit from this very practically orientated course.  Some previous experience with Autism is ideal, but not essential.

For more info click here: Facilitator Training

To register, contact training@neurodiversitycentre.co.za

Last day for registration and payment:  05 October 2018

Introduction to Conditions on the Autism Spectrum:1-day training for Professionals

Clinical Psychologist Ben Truter will be presenting the next 1-day training for Professionals on 02 November 2018 in the Paarl/Klapmuts area.  6 CPD points (General CEUs in Level 1) have been approved for this event.  The training is primarily aimed at health professionals interested in the field of Autism, but may also benefit others with reasonable knowledge/experience in the field, for example Special Needs Educators.

For more information, contact training@neurodiversitycentre.co.za
Closing date for registration: 25 October 2018

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 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

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