Inspire - Advocate - Educate

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 17:51
Meet Unidene Clarke, Kaylin's class teacher. Kaylin has been in Unidene's class since 2014 and she absolutey adores her teacher. Unidene is an experienced special needs teacher and I have witnessed her patience and dedication in the classroom as she  guides her little ones to achieve their full potential.
Q. When and where did you qualify?
A. I studied pre-primary teaching at Barkly House Teachers Training College in Claremont from 1978 – 1980. The following year I went to Stellenbosch University and did a diploma in Deaf Education.

Q. What is your current position
A. I am a teacher at Carel du Toit and teach the Pre-Grade R class.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why
A. I love and enjoy working children and to make a difference in their lives. I have a special interest in children with hearing loss and it's a privilege to teach them. It is important for me to look at the whole child and to nurture that child to reach his or her full potential. I'm always learning new things as I think about how I can meet each child's diverse needs. I love the challenges of helping children gain confidence and see the progress they are making. I have learnt patience, acceptance and empathy. It can be challenging and demanding at times, but the rewards outweigh everything else.

Q. How long have you been part of the Carel du Toit family?
A. Nearly 13 years

Q. What advice would you give to a parent/s who suspects their child/ren has a hearing loss
A. Make an appointment with ENT specialist for a thorough examination to make sure there is no physiological problems with the ears and to rule out any middle ear infections or ear wax. Following that, I would suggest an audiologist conduct a hearing test on your child. Do not delay in getting your child's hearing tested! If you child has a hearing loss, get help straight away. Early diagnosis, early fitting of hearing aids and an early start on special education will give your child the best chances for successful speech and language development. Always follow your gut feeling and let your maternal instincts guide you.

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