Testimonial: Gerda Marais

I want to share what Amazing K has done for us over the last 9 months and what they mean to us and our 4 year old boy, Jacques.  Our difficult journey started in April 2015 when our eldest had to go to nursery school after our second one was born and when I needed to go back to work after my maternity leave.

Up to that point we were fortunate that he could stay with his Ouma, and he was nearly 3 years old then.  We placed him in a nice small nursery school.  At first he really enjoyed his new school and it was going fairly well, if you close your eyes at some incidents, like watering the school and the dog with the hosepipe, or removing his underpants at the school concert!!!

It became apparent that Jacques was struggling, he could not sit still in class and could not play along with the other kids, he just was not making any friends, in fact the kids were chasing him away.  It broke my heart…  He started to say his stomach aches before school, he was just not happy anymore.  We started a journey with a Child Psychologist, and also took Jacques to a Psychiatrist.

He was diagnosed with severe ADHD, and after a long road and medication and meetings with the school principle and his teacher, things did not improve.  It was the Psychologist who told us, she thinks we might be looking at Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  We were devastated.

We also realised that we needed to get Jacques in another school.  A Dr confirmed and diagnosed Jacques with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder  (SPD) and ADHD. I have never felt so distraught in my whole life, as I realised there weren’t a lot of schools for Jacques, and they were very costly.

I found Amazing K online and our Psychologist also said that she believes the school would be good for Jacques.  From day one Jacques was so happy in his new school, and he has grown so much, his language pronunciation has improved so much, he is calmer and happier!

He even have a couple of friends.  Everyday is still a challenge, but we do not know where we would have been, have it not been for Amazing K.

They are doing an amazing job and they mean the world to a lot of parents and kids!

Gerda Marais

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.