A trio of Edublox franchisees in the Western Cape region recently exhibited at the coveted ‘Have you Heard or Can’t you Read?’ conference series, which aims to explore the two critical skills of listening and literacy as the foundation for learning.
The conference hosted around 400 paediatric professionals, including paediatric occupational therapists, clinical and educational psychologists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, remedial therapists as well as educators, special needs co-ordinators, school principals and parents. Edublox was approached to serve as a Gold Sponsor for the event due to its status as an invaluable resource for supporting children with reading, maths and learning difficulties. Edublox franchisees in George, Robertson, Wellington, Paarl, Durbanville and Claremont were involved in the process of bringing the opportunity to life.
A short video case study formed part of the promotional activities at the event. Delegates were introduced to an American girl called Maddie, who is working hard to overcome her severe dyslexia. When Maddie started with Edublox, she could read only 12 words per minute. In week 20 of the Edublox programme, she was reading 75 words per minute. Since then, she has achieved many other academic milestones and she is continually improving.
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the fantastic response from the delegates, and we loved engaging with them,” says Zainu Allie, educational practitioner and owner of Edublox Claremont. “Our aim is to work with the specialist and professional educational community to help children overcome their learning barriers.”
Louna Spies from Edublox Paarl adds, “For me, it was especially positive to chat to quite a few teachers about how pleased they are with the improved results from existing Edublox learners.”
Hannelie Brönner, owner at Edublox Durbanville, concludes: “We spoke to several teachers and professionals who felt inspired to refer parents to Edublox as a learning intervention now that they understand our offerings and saw first-hand what a difference our programmes can make. We encourage paediatric professionals to reach out to our franchisees across the country, so that we can continue with this positive conversation.”
The Johannesburg ‘Have you Heard or Can’t you Read?’ conference is taking place on Sunday, 4 November 2018, where representatives from Gauteng-based Edublox franchises will exhibit.