What we offer

ONLINE Reading Therapy

Tina Cowley Reading Centre now offers online reading as well.

Do not allow your child to fall behind in terms of their reading during these very uncertain times, especially our little ones (first time readers).

Our online reading therapy allows the child to work independently improving their reading abilities weekly.

The online reading programme consists of 10 sessions at a fee of R 800.00

The online therapy can be also be done in conjunction with once a week reading therapy at the centre itself, especially for the little ones.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.

Trudie 079 1997 781

Reading Therapy

Therapy is in both Afrikaans and English.

In the computer class we concentrate on:

  • Reading accuracy and speed
  • Spelling
  • Comprehension
  • Perceptual Skills

In the memory methods class the following therapies are used:

  • Eye Kinetics
  • Basic Reading Skills
  • Brain Gym
  • Handle Therapy
  • Reading Skills
  • Spelling Rules
  • Lexicon (Vocabulary)
  • Working memory

These techniques are combined to enhance learning, reading and spelling.

Eye Kinetics

A series of eye exercises to strengthen the eye muscles.

Like any other muscle in the body, the eye muscles can also be strengthened through exercise.

When the muscles in the eye are strengthened, it leads to smooth eye movement which is very important when reading. 

Brain Gym

Brain Gym is a series of small body movements used to integrate all parts of the brain to enhance learning.

The movements of Brain Gym help the child to strengthen the nerve-endings between all his senses and brain through the repetition of easy exercises.

Brain Gym focuses on the physical and not the cognitive aspects of reading and learning. When the physical working of the brain is strengthened and improved the reading- and learning process will also be strengthened and improved.

Good physical development means that both ears, eyes, hands, feet and senses work together like one practised team.

Handle Therapy

Exercises to strengthen the underlying microsystems to make the body work optimally as a unit or macro system

Handle therapy includes several exercises which strengthen the underlying micro-systems in order to make the body work optimally as a unit or macro system. Human functioning is of ecosystemic nature – all systems in the body work together and form a unit. Through exercise, the weaker micro-systems are strengthened.

Several macro systems are strengthened by one exercise to make the body function as a macro system. An activity like “crazy straw” will, for instance, improve: eye movement, articulation, tongue and lip control, sound sensitivity and blow control.

Laughter therapy

Every reading session is ended with laughter therapy. It is presented as exercise, but it soon develops into unconditional laughter.

Benefits of laughter therapy

  • Laughter diminishes stress-related hormones and peptide levels.
  • Endorphins (feel-good hormones) are released that leads to a more positive attitude and improved self - confidence.
  • Immunoglobulin levels are raised, which the body needs to combat infections.
  • A laughing session of just one minute is equivalent to ten minutes of strenuous exercise at a gym in terms of sending oxygen through the body.
  • Improved circulation enables the body to detoxify and function optimally.
  • Laughter therapy improves the development of social skills and emotional intelligence in children.

Laughing keeps us all young at heart!


Basic reading skills focus areas

Spatial relations  - a child’s ability to transfer information from the whiteboard to a book or from one book to another.

Form perception - the shape of a letter or word.

Sequencing - ability to put things in order, very important for spelling later on.

Auditory processing - ability to hear, nothing to do with listening.

This all happens in the fun-filled Memory Room in which they spend 45 minutes of the 1 and a half hour session.

Reading Skills

There are different ways of reading, which are used for different reasons or purposes.

We focus on:

  • scan
  • search
  • recreational and
  • intensive reading skills.