Jemma Roets qualified as a Speech-language therapist and Audiologist at the University of Pretoria in 2007. She later completed her Masters degree in Early Childhood Intervention, specialising in severe disabilities, in 2013, at the University of Pretoria. Jemma worked in Gauteng Health District Services from 2008-2012, where she was appointed as the Chief Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist at the end of 2009. She started a private practice at the beginning of 2013. The practice currently includes school-going children with communication disorders, mainly from the ages of 0-6 years old, however older children are also treated.
A personal area of interest is early childhood intervention and the care-taking or caregiver-child environment. The care-taking environment is the
ultimate determinant of the child's developmental outcomes (Shonkoff & Meisels, 2000). In an environment of superior care a child's innate potential is allowed to evolve (UNICEF, 2007). Without such an environment children with disabilities, as well as normal developing children, may not be afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential.
3 Components of parenting that are essential for a child's cognitive development are:
(Walker, Wachs, Gardner, Lozoff, Wasserman, Pollitt and Carter, 2007). The stimulation from caregivers ensures that the child develops self-confidence, positive affect, task orientation and social behaviour.
Jemma was involved in the development of activity boxes for stimulation of children in their early childhood years. Please see www.skidz.co.za for more information.
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