SNAP Education is a non-profit organisation registered under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act, featuring a program for children living with autism.

Its Head Quarters are based in Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa but reaches children across our country and the rest of the world. It has been operational since 1998, for 18 years.

SNAP is an unique, child-specific, one-on-one, integrated program for children with special needs. It also endeavours to assist and support parents and other persons entrusted to their care. The program recognises the uniqueness of each child and is geared to addressing the needs of each individual child.

Who we are

“We develop independence, one child at a time.”

  1. Our Vision

    SNAP is a unique, child-specific, one-on-one, integrated program for children with special needs. It also endeavours to assist and support parents and other persons entrusted to their care. The program recognises the uniqueness of each child and is geared to addressing the needs of each individual child.

  2. Our Mission

    Mission Statement

    • To enable the child with special needs to develop to the best of his/her ability and potential.
    • To empower parents with children with special needs.
    • To improve the quality of life of the whole family: the child, parents, siblings as well as the extended family.
    • To provide a facility which will reach out within and beyond the borders of South Africa.
    • To give glory to God
  3. Our Services

    Parent Consultations

    When parents first receive the diagnosis it can be scary and overwhelming. Often SNAP is their last hope.  Parents are therefore seen by our director and given emotional support in making decisions about the child’s immediate future. Practical advice and guidance how to deal with the child’s difficult behaviours, questions of family and friends and future decisions are given.

    One-on-one Intervention and Tutoring

    When a child starts on the SNAP Programme it is highly recommended that one-on-one intervention is given by way of tutoring in order to help improve the developmental delays these children often struggle with. A variety of methods are used with a high success rate. Interventions include Applied Behaviour Analysis, TEACHH, Floortime, RDI, PECS and many other internationally proven methods. Each child receives a unique tutoring program designed specific for the needs of the particular child. This program is monitored and adapted by an assigned program manager that monitors the tutor who works with the child. The program is adapted to match the child’s achievements or further deficits.

    Foundation Phase Schooling

    SNAP has the following classes available with a maximum of 8 children per class. Staff includes a teacher and usually two teachers assistants. The normal WCED Curriculum is used but adapted for the special needs of our learners.

    Facilitation of a child at a Mainstream School

    The role of  a facilitator is to assist and support the learner in situations that is too difficult for him/her to deal with in a class/group situation. This helps the learner to stay focused on a task.  The facilitator also assists and supports the teacher that has to deal with an autistic child in her class. The child’s progress in the school environment is strictly monitored by a Program Manager and suggestions and advice given to both parents, the facilitator and teachers.

    The Hi 5 Groups/ Social Groups

    Both the Senior and Junior Hi 5 Groups focus on skills needed to make friends and cope in various social settings. The Hi 5 Groups provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for children to identify and understand other people’s perspectives; encourage team work; adapting social interaction/ behaviour to a specific situation; coping with constant change; anticipation and prediction. Hi 5 provides children with the tools to deal with various emotions that effect impulse control; self image and confidence.

    Who can attend?

    Junior Hi 5: Between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age.
    Senior Hi 5: Children who attend school and have the necessary language skills to cope in a group.

    Workshops for local and international visitors

    Due to the great need and the very limited help available for children on the Autism spectrum the SNAP centre offers intensive workshops.The workshops provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive intensive training in working with their children and dealing with developmental, behavioural, social, emotional and sensory challenges. The parents work hand-in-hand with a trained tutor. Every child is assessed and receives a program to address his or her challenges with which the parents can continue working at home. Long-distance support and program upgrades are provided by a program manager. Families from all over South Africa and many other countries like Nigeria, Namibia, Australia, Canada and the USA have attended and benefited from SNAP workshops.
    Support Groups

    SNAP endeavours to involve and support everyone that is part of a child’s treatment team, be that other therapists, the parents or extended family. Support Groups Evenings are hosted regularly to assist parents with coping strategies and introduce them to other parents that can assist with practical advice and experience.

    Training of Parents, Teachers and Professionals

    With autism spectrum disorders on the rise, there is an increasing need for specialised training for teachers, tutors as well as professionals such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and doctors in dealing with this complex disorder.  These professionals are the first contact that a parent of a child with autism will have and therefore they need to be able to diagnose the symptoms early and to offer practical and effective interventions and advice.

    SNAP offers various types of training such as tutor training, parent and teacher workshops as well as training for professionals working with autism.

    For more information on any of the above options, please email Ursula Wood at


SNAP was developed due to the demand in the Cape Town area (South Africa) for specialised aid for children who require exceptional care and teaching with regard to their learning and development. As the waiting list for children to be assessed and enrolled at the schools for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) grew, the necessity for early intervention became evident.

Annalies van Rijswijk, an experienced senior teacher, as well as the leading teacher of the junior section at the Vera School for learners with ASD, was requested to develop a home program for children on their waiting list. She was also responsible for administering and monitoring this program, as she is a firm believer in early intervention for a better prognosis. The program was aimed at enabling children to progress while still being on the waiting list and, simultaneously, providing the support parents so desperately needed.

The parents were encouraged to become involved as partners as well!

At the same time the need for a personalised one-to-one approach with more immediate results arose, due to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio in the classes at the specialised schools increased.

Our Services

SNAP offers the following treatment options or services on their program:

  • Parent Consultations
  • One-on-one intervention and tutoring
  • Foundation Phase Schooling (Grade 0 – Grade 3)
  • Facilitation of a child at a mainstream school
  • Hi-5 Social Interaction class to enhance social skills
  • Support Groups
  • Training of Parents, Teachers and Professionals
  • Workshops for Local and International Visitors
  • Outreach Programs

Application & Fees

In order to enrol your child in the SNAP Program you need to call our offices and make an appointment to see our Director for a Consultation. Both parents are encouraged to attend this consultation. During the consultation it will be determined what options will be best to meet the specific needs of your child.

Please call us on 021-9757224 or email to make an appointment.


Since 2007 SNAP has been training parents, tutors, teachers and other professionals in how to workwith children in their care. With a passionate training department we have shared our expertise with hundreds of people around the country and even outside the borders of South Africa, helping to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, teachers and therapists.

SNAP offers regular courses throughout the year as well as customized training where necessary. Download our training brochure to learn more about each of the courses.

For customized training and other queries please contact Carol Vikos –

Home Programs

o be able to offer a quality one-to-one tutoring program to our SNAP families, SNAP Education depends on the regular fee payments of our parents. A regular cash-flow enables us to stay in existence and meet the commitments to our tutors and staff.

Please call us on 021-9757224 or email for the SNAP Education Home Program Fee Structure.


Bursary application process for SNAP Education

1. Subject to the terms and conditions of the fundraising policy, parents in need of financial assistance for tutoring or workshops should submit a letter detailing the background of the child and intervention required, their need for funding, income and expenditure statement, as well as proof of income (3 months bank statements or salary slip) to the SNAP Education directors.

2. This can be done in person or via email to for the attention of Annalies van Rijswijk and can be done throughout the calender year.

3. Any application will be subject to the availability of surplus funds once the budgeted operational expenses of SNAP Education have been paid and in the sole discretion of the SNAP Education directors.

4. The SNAP Education directors will inform any applicants of the outcome in writing.




Southern Suburbs Programs

Who will benefit from SNAP (Southern Suburbs, Cape Town)?

Children diagnosed with:
•    Pervasive Developmental Delay-Not Otherwise Specified (P.D.D. / N.O.S)
•    Asperger and other Syndromes
•    Behavioural and Emotional Problems
•    Autism Spectrum Disorder
•    Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D) and ADHD
•    Children with Dyspraxia
•    Children who have Autism and comorbid problems- deafness,, blindness, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy
•    Specific learning problems
•    Mainstream children who need learning support

SNAP offers a variety of options both in the Northern Suburbs at the centre as well as in the Southern Suburbs focusing on home programmes, facilitation and learning support.

For more information about the Southern Suburbs programs please email Carol Vikos at

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