I grew up in the seaside village of St James and as a child I always loved to help those who struggled to learn. As a teenager, I sometimes took the train home from school in Rondebosch. I clearly remember at age 16 looking out of the train window at the children from the school for the deaf who were signing to communicate, and I knew with certainty that I wanted to help people like this one day.
I have worked as a speech therapist for 33 years and I found my special interest in Autism when I accepted a position at a school for children with Autism on returning to Cape Town, having completed my postgraduate studies in 1994.
My best teachers on this journey have been all the parents and children I have worked with over the years to whom I am very grateful.