The Ernie Els Centre for Autism South Africa

Delivering the best practices for children with autism, and their families, in South Africa via an innovative multi-faceted e-learning solution.

Ernie and Liezl Els embarked on a goal in January 2011 to create a service that would allow lower-resourced families of children on the spectrum in South Africa with free access to effective treatment. The Ernie Els Centre for Autism, located in Braamfontein, Gauteng, does exactly that. The team believes that every child with autism can learn and deserves access to effective education. The Centre recognizes that every parent and family member plays an important role in helping their child reach his or her fullest potential. This is done by offering families comprehensive guidance on how to use best practices in education and autism treatment to teach their child.

The Centre provides each family with free access to an online focused treatment tool called Rethink First. This intervention utilises Applied Behaviour Analysis principles, which has been shown to be the most effective teaching tool for individuals with autism. Our trained facilitators use this multi-faceted e-learning solution to provide customized interventions for each family. Given that the Centre’s reach is nationwide, it provides support in numerous ways, including in-Centre sessions, as well as telephonic and Skype guidance. This is done on average every 2-4 weeks, with the intention of participants practicing and incorporating these skills into their daily life.

The Centre’s services also include training caregivers using structured written and video computer-based guidelines, along with active role-play and facilitator-caregiver-child sessions. The Centre’s primary goal is to help empower caregivers to teach a plethora of skills – from toileting to matching colours or throwing a ball, to comprehension skills and social understanding. Each child’s progress is closely monitored to ensure that they are receiving the most individualised and most successful support possible.

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