What we do
Potentiality was born out of a great need to help children from all walks of life reach their potential. So many children get lost in the system today due to a variety of internal and external factors. Some factors are out of our control and it is our responsibility as parents, educators and caregivers to enable our children to be resilient in those instances. Fortunately a lot of factors are within our control, making it is possible for everyone to reach their human potential by different means.
While learning and academic performance is our primary focus at Potentiality, we know behavioural, socio-emotional, and medical issues all play a role in a child’s development and performance, we therefore adopt a holistic approach in the support of our learners.
The best way to support learners is to determine where they are currently performing academically, which problem areas they are experiencing and which risk factors they have. We use a range of specifically selected South African as well as international techniques and measurements to identify learners’ problem areas. Following our evaluations we develop an Individual Support Plan addressing your child’s specific needs.
Every child is unique and therefore their needs are unique. We are here to assist every one of them.
A child’s journey at Potentiality will start off with our Fundamental Scholastic Performance Evaluation. During this evaluation we assess his/her current performance in reading, spelling, mathematics and working memory. Our FSP Evaluation is crucial because the most common learning problem areas are:
- Oral language (e.g. listening, speaking, understanding)
- Reading (e.g. decoding, comprehension)
- Written language (e.g. spelling, written expression)
- Mathematics (e.g. computation, problem solving).
The FSP Evaluation also rates your child’s working memory.
Working memory refers to a brain system, or mental workspace, responsible for temporarily storing and manipulating information. It is different from short-term memory, where information is stored and recalled in the same format; for example, children can hold a set of numbers in short term memory, but in order to repeat those numbers backwards, they need to manipulate the information. Definitely an essential part of learning and development, yet very few teachers and schools focus on it.
We also offer specific problem area evaluations that can be done in conjunction with the FSP Evaluation. They are designed to meet specific needs in areas parents or teachers feel require further investigation and additional support
Following the FSP Evaluation we offer Learning Support Sessions that focus intensively on dealing with your child’s unique needs. We implement the Individual Support Plan developed specifically for your child and monitor its impact. This gives us a clear plan of action where we can measure their growth, celebrate smaller achievements along the way and continually focus on the goal, reaching their potential.
Tutoring, homework assistance and exam preparations sessions will only be offered on a case by case base.
We truly want to stress the importance of a holistic approach to supporting your child’s needs. For your child’s Individual Support Plan to have the maximum impact on their performance and development it is essential to include caregivers, parents and teachers, to ensure the strategies are implemented at home, school and at Potentiality to the benefit of everyone.
Please feel free to contact us for further information if your child is currently struggling in school, struggling with certain concepts and subjects or even if you are home schooling and would like to know exactly what their performance levels are. We are here to help you and your child.
We are also available to assist School Based Support Teams in formulating their ISPs as per the SIAS policy. We focus on individual, small group, class and whole school intervention strategies.
Founder – Hestie Kleinhans
I am a SACE registered remedial educator with a BA (Health Science and Social Services) in Psychological Counselling degree. Over the years I have attended numerous short courses on learning barriers and how to address them. Because every child and their circumstances are unique I feel I can never stop learning and equipping myself to assist them.
The last 5 years I have worked at primary schools in the Free State and in the Western Cape. This gave me the opportunity to assist children from different cultural, religious, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. It also means I have been fortunate to be able to work with, and learn from, professionals all across the education sector. It really takes a village; therefore it is so important to me to work within a network of people offering different support services but all working toward a common goal, supporting and enabling children to develop to their full potential, giving them the opportunities and exposure they need to excel.
Every child has potential; they just take different paths in reaching theirs!!
I also have a passion for animals (especially dogs, cats and horses) and nature! A beautiful vast view or sunset makes me stand in awe of life’s greatness and potential and also gives me a deep sense of our social responsibilities. And nothing makes me feel as humbled, accepted, and loved as the connection between me and an animal. I strive to carry these feelings over into my work and to the people that cross my path.
47 De Bron Ave, Kenridge, Cape Town, 7550
083 555 8091
47 De Bron Ave, Kenridge, Cape Town, 7550
083 555 8091