is your child struggling at school
is your child struggling at school

What is a Specific Learning Disorder?

A specific learning disability is a disorder that interferes with a student’s ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. Students with a specific learning disability may struggle with reading, writing, and math.

dyslexia

dyslexia

Dyslexia is a hereditary learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.

dysgraphia

school readiness

Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder of written expression that impairs writing ability and fine motor skills. It is a learning disability that affects children and adults, and interferes with practically all aspects of the writing process, including spelling, legibility, word spacing and sizing, and expression.

dyscalculia

dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.

dyslexia

dyslexia

Dyslexia is a hereditary learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.

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dysgraphia

school readiness

Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder of written expression that impairs writing ability and fine motor skills. It is a learning disability that affects children and adults, and interferes with practically all aspects of the writing process, including spelling, legibility, word spacing and sizing, and expression.

Read more

dyscalculia

dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.

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Who is SGDA?

SGDA is the culmination of the diagnosis of Specific Learning Disorders in South Africa and since 2010 we have been working towards providing equal opportunities for every student, especially the dyslexic learner.

Eleven years of extensive research and determination has finally paid off. On 25 July 2019 the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) classified, listed and acknowledged the STARK-GRIFFIN DYSLEXIA ASSESSMENT as the official standardized diagnostic instrument to diagnose and sub-categorize seven types and six severity levels of dyslexia. The Stark-Griffin Dyslexia Academy (formerly known as ‘Die Rooi Appel’) was founded by Sandra Stark and Marius Spangenberg in 2009.

Our conviction is that the advantages of specific learning disabilities far outweigh its associated challenges.

SGDA strives for excellence by raising the bar on diagnosis where centralized professional marking is done at head office preventing diagnosing irregularities as well as unwarranted recommendations for accommodations. The HPCSA as well as the DBE are advocates for this expert professionalism in diagnosing specific learning disabilities.

The Stark-Griffin Dyslexia Academy (SGDA) is a registered company that provides professional development and capacity building to individuals who work with the dyslexic population. We incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia to enable HPCSA registered psychologists, psychometrists, audiologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and optometrists to specifically diagnose dyslexia in seven categories and
six severity levels.

We foster the best practices of inclusive education to construct learning enrichment curricula and teacher training programs to assist and accommodate the learner who experiences barriers to learning. Our main focus at SGDA is the direct diagnosis of learning disorders.

sgda is approved by hpcsa

Who is SGDA?

The Stark GriffinDyslexia Academy, is a registered company and diagnose dyslexia in seven specific sub-categories and six severity levels.

The Stark GriffinDyslexia Assessment is the ONLY HPCSA approved and listed assessment for the direct diagnosis of DYSLEXIA.

We provide professional development and capacity building to individuals who work with the dyslexic population. We incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia to enable HPCSA – registered psychologists, psychometrists, counselors, audiologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and optometrists to assess decoding and encoding processes in individuals who struggle with reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic.

We foster the best practices of inclusive education to construct learning enrichment curricula and teacher training programs to assist and accommodate the learner who experiences barriers to learning. Our main focus at SGDA is the direct diagnosis of learning disorders and providing equal opportunities for every student especially the dyslexic learner.

Our conviction is that the advantages of specific learning disabilities far outweigh its associated challenges.
sgda is endorsed by hpcsa

Stark Griffin Dyslexia Academy
Online Training Courses

We incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia to enable HPCSA registered professionals and teachers to
significantly impact the lives of children with dyslexia. We have courses for parents also available to help your dyslexic child at home.

DYSLEXIA TRAINING COURSE

SGDA Dyslexia Training Course for Professionals

HPCSA registered professionals – optometrists, audiologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychometrists – are allowed to register for this training and offer assessment services once successfully completed.

DYSLEXIA TRAINING COURSE

SGDA Junior Dyslexia
Assessment Training
Course

SGDA registered professionals are allowed to register for this training and offer assessment services once successfully completed.

DYSLEXIA TRAINING COURSE

SGDA Dyslexia Training
Programme for Teachers

For centuries professionals have been querying the phenomenon of a scholar who may have normal sensory, perceptual, cognitive and motor abilities, and yet have marked difficulties decoding (reading) and encoding (writing) the written language.
Parents of these children recognize their child’s adequate inherent intelligence but are puzzled as to why there is a problem with reading, writing and spelling. This paradoxical phenomenon is known as dyslexia.

DYSLEXIA TRAINING COURSE

SGDA Dyslexia Therapy Course

HPCSA and SACE registered professionals are allowed to register for this training and offer diagnosis specific therapy to dyslexic individuals.

Parents of dyslexic learners are also allowed to register for this training course, and may provide their child with therapy at home.

An assignment internship may be completed after successfully completing the online course for subsequent SGDA therapist registration.

Books For Sale!

This is Me!

An inspirational read for the Dyslexic. From cover to cover inspirational success stories of 23 amazing South African Dyslexics who struggle with reading and writing. Read about their journey of discovery, learning and understanding. Finally, recognizing that the sky is the limit for dyslexics.

Help, my child has been diagnosed with Dyslexia!

A comprehensive guide book explaining dyslexia and the way forward for parents, once they find out their child has been diagnosed with Dyslexia.

Help, my child has been diagnosed with Dysgraphia!

When a child has been diagnosed with Dysgraphia, the road ahead might seem concerning and confusing for parents.  They have so many questions that need answering. By learning what to watch for, parents can be proactive about getting help for their child. This book explains strategies and therapies that can help a child improve his writing.

Help, my child has been diagnosed with Dyscalculia!

When a child has been diagnosed with Dyscalculia, the road ahead might seem concerning and confusing for parents.  They have so many questions that need answering. This book explains everything about dyscalculia, offers ideas and tips on how parents can do to help their children. This book answers important questions like “does my child still have a future?”

Meet our team!

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Sandra Stark

Principal CEO

Office Hours: 016 423 7709
Email: sandra@sanoptom.co.za

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Marius Spangenberg

Founding CEO

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Carmen Venter

Registered Psychometrist

Office Hours: 016 454 0281
Email: reports@sgda.co.za

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Davida Dednam

Research and Development Manager

Office Hours: 016 454 0281
Email: development@sgda.co.za

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Amické Eijsermans

Registered Psychometrist

Office Hours: 016 454 0281
Email: reports@sgda.co.za

Get in touch with us today!

Our Contact Details


Address: 6 Severn Drive, Three Rivers Proper, Vereeniging, 1929

Tel: 016 454 0281

Email: admin@sgda.co.za