Aldeia Family & Child Wellness centre is a specialized therapy centre serving dozens of children, adolescents and their families. Our services include psychotherapy, family therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, play therapy and remedial therapy. We also provide a free 20 minute screening session with an Early Childhood Intervention specialist. When you walk into our centre you will see both indoor and outdoor therapeutic spaces to suit the needs of each child. Our mission is to provide compassionate and high-quality therapy services in an enriching and enjoyable environment where families thrive!
The word “Aldeia”translates to “Village” in Portuguese. An ancient proverb states: “ It takes a village to raise a child.”. At Aldeia Family & Child Wellness Centre we would like to form part of your village. With this in mind, Aldeia Wellness Centre aims to provide a transdisciplinary approach to health and wellbeing for all ages and their families. The building carries a calm and therapeutic atmosphere, designed to provide our clients with a unique experience on their therapeutic journey.Aldeia’s dedicated team of therapists has a shared vision; to provide the community with all-encompassing support from individual intervention to transdisciplinary case management as well as support groups and workshops.With both indoor and outdoor therapeutic spaces, we meet each child and family member where they feel most comfortable. Regular events are organised by the Aldeia team which the community is encouraged to attend covering a large variety of topics, for example, teenage substance abuse, bullying, parenting advice etc.However, we haven’t forgotten our community and have therefore partnered with 2 charities in their drive to better the lives of the families in our community and neighbouring communities.
Chérie Schutte is a registered Intervention & Behaviour Scientist specialist specializing in child development. Chérie’s educational background includes a diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis, 5 years of medical school followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Early Childhood intervention from the University of Pretoria. After leaving the ministry in 2018, Chérie now specializes in behaviour and family therapy.
Melineze Christie completed her studies in Occupational Therapy at the University of Witwatersrand. After completing her community service in Lenasia, she decided to follow her dream to become a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Melineze took on three part-time jobs as a Paediatric OT in completely different environments to gain experience with children from different ages, backgrounds and with different challenges. She has since moved into private practice.
Sumé van Aswegen is currently completing her Psychology degree through the University of South Africa and has an absolute passion for the development of children . She includes stimulation therapy in her remedial therapy sessions, which is especially helpful for children with ADHD, autism, sensory difficulties and anxiety.
Lou & Marli Morgan work as a Physiotherapists team bringing a holistic dynamic to the team. Lou studied BScPhysio at the University of the Western Cape whilst Marli completed her BScPhysio degree at the University of Stellenbosch. Both share a deep love for helping children achieve their physical dreams.
With use of the Applied Behaviour Analysis technique, we strive to find the best possible solution to your child's behaviour issues. We also do home and school visits, to ensure that each child grow and adapt aptly to their environment with assistance.
"Often, children are unable to verbally express what they are feeling; thus, in play therapy toys serve as children's words and play as their language" Garry Landreth. Play therapy helps to resolve anxiety, conflict and difficult feelings.
Occupational therapy (OT) helps kids who struggle to do everyday tasks because of poor motor skills. This includes tasks that are part of learning and functioning well at school and at home.
Physiotherapy is recommended for those children whose motor abilities are delayed for their age, affecting their ability to function optimally in activities of daily living and causing difficulty with school participation (academically, socially or physically).
Speech therapy is a treatment for speech and language disorders. A speech disorder involves a problem producing words and sound, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding words and putting together sentences and ideas for communication.
Remedial therapy focuses on assisting individuals who suffer from conditions that interfere with learning, such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia (difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling) and dyscalculia (difficulty with mathematics).
Family therapy or family counseling is a form of treatment that is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period, a major transition, or mental or behavioral health problems in family members.
Pastoral counseling, a clinical practice that integrates both psychological and theological concepts into its framework. This type of counseling focuses on the spiritual aspect of healing individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis, such as grief, death, injury or illness.
Mastering social skills can be challenging for many children who have special needs. This can be the case if their difficulties lie within an intellectual disability, a language disorder, or autism. We strive to help them by providing social skills groups