Auxiliary Services

Psychology Department

The following services are offered to assist learners to fulfill their own unique potential:

  • Individual or group counseling
  • Study methods and subject choices
  • Trauma debriefing and trauma counselling
  • School readiness, intellectual and scholastic assessments
  • Applications for accommodations during tests and examinations
  • Providing workshops and training sessions
  • Referrals to other professionals or institutions
  • Parental guidance and support.


Social services are rendered to learners and families that require support:

  • Depending on the donations received, support is provided to indigent families on a practical level.
  • Learners and families are linked to community resources and referred if necessary.
  • Crisis intervention, counselling services and parental guidance are rendered.
  • The social worker works together with the multi-disciplinary team to provide guidance to parents with regards to the future of learners in the Life Skills Phase after they have left school.

Occupational Therapy Department

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Learner’s needs are addressed holistically in occupational therapy to promote functional independence.

This includes:

  • Sensory integration
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Independence regarding participation in activities of daily living (ADL’s)
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence
  • Correct positioning and learner specific use of assistive devices to access the curriculum
  • Acquisition of various skills and work habits addressed in group therapy and/or the school-to work programme.

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Physiotherapy Department

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Physiotherapy services are provided to assist learners with physical disabilities and cerebral palsy in developing their full potential in terms of motor development and maximum functional independence.

Various techniques, amongst others Neurodevelopmental Therapy, are used to develop motor control, improve strength, maintain range of movement, as well as functional abilities, in order to gain optimum access to the curriculum.

Post-operative rehabilitation is also provided to these learners to ensure the best outcome from the surgical interventions.

Parents, caregivers and facilitators are empowered to manage the conditions through training, sharing of knowledge and home programmes.

Participation in sporting activities is viewed as an extension of the therapeutic process and allows learners to integrate skills learnt during therapy into participation at home, in school and in the community.

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Speech Therapy Department

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The Speech Therapy Department at New Hope School is tasked with promoting the development of receptive and expressive language, supporting auditory perceptual development and providing therapy to improve speech clarity.

Support for language development is critical for understanding and applying academic content, while auditory perception is a building block for literacy proficiency.
Neurological disorders such as apraxia, aphasia and dysarthria are managed to promote the best possible outcomes.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is offered to learners with complex communication needs to maximise communicative potential when expressive language is limited by impaired speech.

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Out Patients

Infants and toddlers up to three years of age with developmental delays, physical disabilities and cerebral palsy receive physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy on a weekly or monthly basis as part of the school’s early intervention community service.

Nursing Services

  • Patients receive comprehensive nursing care that promotes health, prevents illness and reduces further complications.
  • Provide appropriate emergency care when necessary.
  • Monitor the patient’s response to the treatment and adjust the nursing care plan accordingly
  • Provide appropriate emergency care when necessary.
  • Administer daily chronic and acute medication as prescribed by the learner’s treating medical practitioner
  • Patients receive education that eliminates the fear associated with medical procedures and treatment
  • Nurses communicate, collaborate and consult with patients, families and other members of the healthcare team to provide comprehensive care