Paula Steyn - Educational Psychologist
Paula has been doing educational assessments regarding school readiness, learning barriers, subject and career guidance, medico-legal evaluations, and play therapy to address social and emotional barriers for the last 29 years.
With the assistance of Neliswa (interpreter), they can evaluate in any language, assisting the needs of the client.
ABOUT PAULA AND NELISWA
Paula’s career started as a high school teacher at Hugenote Girls High, where she taught Mathematics and furthered her teaching career at Bergvlam High School, where she taught Mathematics and Computer Science. She qualified as a psychometrist in 1990 and eventually obtained the M Ed (Specializing in counselling) to register as an Educational Psychologist in 1993. She was appointed at the Department of Education addressing all the schools in the Lowveld regarding educational difficulties. In 1993 she started a private practice doing psychotherapy and evaluating individuals regarding emotional, social, scholastic, and cognitive matters. The remedial classes at St Peter's school were started and maintained under her leadership, with occupational – and language therapists joining the team. She returned to Bergvlam High School in 2005, where she did psychotherapy and subject - and career guidance.
Since 2011, she has been doing medico-legal – and scholastic assessments.
Neliswa Dlukula joined in 2015 as an interpreter. She completed her BA (Honours) in Psychology at RAU and has obtained a diploma in pre-school teaching.
We are thus equipped to do evaluations in all South African languages, irrespective of age.
We are doing consultation work regarding the evaluation of minors and young adults for Medico-Legal purposes including Road Accident Fund evaluations.
The assessments include cognitive -, scholastic -, emotional - and social adjustment and can be done in English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu, SiSwati, IsiXhosa, Tswana and Sepedi.
We can travel, if the need may arise.
* School readiness
* Learning problems diagnosis
* Reading or writing difficulties
* Poor mathematics
* Perceptual difficulties
* Emotional delay
* Social adjustment
* Behavioural change
* ADHD / ADD
* Educational assessment
This assessment is utilized to determine the need for concessions during school – or university examinations and my include a report to suggest:
* Extra time in exams
* A scribe to assist the learner
* Writing exams separately
* Computer based examinations
* Enlarging the paper
Subject - and Career Choices
Subject and career choices should include:
* Personality traits
* Market need
* A thorough investigation and research
Paula is a qualified mediator and can assist with medico-legal assessments and custody.