Testimonial: Celeste Van Zyl

Dear Randburg Sun

We enrolled Deanna into Amazing K Jan 2016 and not one day have we ever doubted our decision as to whether we made the right choice in picking the school.

Before Deanna joining Amazing K we had her in a creche were she was with 28 other children

She hated every moment of it and never wanted to participate in any class activities.

No one knew what the problem was. She would hide under a table and not communicate with  anyone eventually she stopped talking.  After seeing an educational psychologist and then a specialist – She was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism

That was what prompted us to look for Special Needs Schools that can work with her condition and fulfil her educational needs.   After phoning/visiting numerous special needs schools I can definitely endorse Ilse and her team at Amazing K.  I won’t ever forget the conversation that I had with her that day when I phoned to find out more about the school.

Telling her my story and asking the 20 questions.  She said:”Come for coffee, lets chat some more. You are not alone and I am here for you.”  As a parent I cannot explain the relief I felt when someone told me that I am not alone and that they are here to help.

In this past year Ilse & the teachers at Amazing K has taught me so much about raising a child with ASD condition.  I feel blessed! I have seen a drastic improvement in her behaviour since joining the school.

Every day my child is excited to go to school, happy to explore more avenues of her own personality.  She is being equipped with tools to help her function in a world that does not understand her needs or behaviour.

My Childs curriculum has been adjusted to suit her needs, not only for education purposes but also for mental and physical wellbeing. Smaller classes to ensure every aspect of my child’s development are being met and finally, through the school I have been put in touch with specialists that know the ASD condition.  My child had become more social, independent and willing to learn more.

Deanna does not allow anyone to touch or cut her hair. It was a problem I raised with her teacher as I cannot take my daughter to a hairdresser.  Teacher Cass offered to accompany me and Deanna to a hairdresser on a Saturday and for her to go beyond the call of duty just shows what kind of special school Amazing K is.  Teacher Cass is now Deanna’s “personal hairdresser” as she is the only one Deanna allows to cut and brush her hair.

If I had to write a letter to endorse Amazing K I do not think there will be enough words to express my gratitude for the change that I see on a daily basis in my child. The people at the school have a great amount of passion and total understanding for what they do and what is needed.

They understand all our challenges and our children’s needs.

They are people’s people and no task is impossible for them to achieve when working with special needs children.

I am proud to part of the Amazing K family.

Keep up the great work!!!!

From a satisfied and an extremely happy parent .

Ilse Kilian-Ross

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 - 6 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.