Sonitus School is a special needs school for hearing impaired learners, we believe that every child should be enabled to reach his or her full potential. The school is situated in East Lynne, Pretoria.
The language of instruction at Sonitus School is mainly Afrikaans. A hearing impaired child can be negatively affected and struggle with the development of a language if he / she is taught in bilingual classes.
Sonitus is one of a few schools that teach hearing impaired learners with the auditory verbal program. The school encourages the learners to master verbal communication.
Early identification of hearing loss can help a child to reach his or her full potential and to function successfully in a hearing world. Early intervention and an effective follow-up program are essential to enable a child to cope in a hearing society. Early identification and treatment are essential for the hearing-impaired child in the acquisition of normal spoken language. Hearing loss can be detected as early as at birth. The aim at Sonitus is to give each child language at an early age.
A supportive parental guidance program empowers parents to stimulate maximal language development in their children.
The school offers education to learners from the age of 3 to grade 12. Learners can choose from a variety of subjects to prepare them for further education. Visual and practical teaching methods enable effective communication. A number of career orientated programs are also offered. For possible placement in the skills training department, learners with specific barriers are placed in support groups. Placement in a support group is done on merit and specific criteria are used, such as age, shortfalls, skills, behaviour, previous learning experiences, inputs and therapy already received. The official curriculum as prescribed by the Gauteng Department of Education is implemented.
Participation in sport and cultural activities plays an important role in the development of a child with a hearing loss. All learners are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of sport and cultural activities offered by the school. Independency, self-confidence and a sense of belonging are promoted through sport and cultural programs. Learners are taught to be culturally and aesthetically sensitive in various social fields.
Several learners have been awarded provincial colours in sport such as softball, rugby, cricket and netball. Badminton and swimming are also promoted. A high success rate is achieved in singing competitions, eisteddfods and revues.
Sonitus receives a small subsidy from government, but the main income is from school fees. A percentage of learners cannot pay any school fees, which places a financial burden on the school.
Sonitus empowers learners by offering a variety of additional services to help them succeed in life. These include audiology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological services, welfare services, health services, hostel facilities and transport (daily). After-school care and information facilities are also available.