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Unlocking Potential through DIR Floortime Training and Support

"Frequently children with special needs are challenged by neurobiological factors, which make it difficult to participate and enjoy early emotional interactions with their parents. These shared interactions between parent and child that are meaningful, positive and pleasurable create the foundation necessary for all development. The DIRFloortime® model supports parents in their natural and pivotal partnership with their child – promoting their development across a wide range, including regulation, joint attention, communication and language, motor skills, cognition, ideation and execution, and social problem-solving. Floortime essentially means joining the child where they are, revisiting previously missed growth opportunities and moving forward"

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Hi, my name is Kerry Wallace, I am an Occupational Therapist and the founder of SPOTlight Trust SA. I’ve had a wonderful fulfilling career, and thanks to my wonderful family have been many given opportunities to extend myself and I’d always wanted to give back in some way...

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SPOTlight Mission Statement

The heart of SPOTlight Trust SA is community involvement. The driving force behind all the training, information and resources, is the prospect of taking therapy to the communities that would otherwise not have access. This is currently done through sponsoring of training for parents, practitioners or facilities in underprivileged areas. Our goal is to set up outreach support services throughout the country and we are working in partnership with other organisations to reach this goal and we need your support

SPOTlight Vision

SPOTlight Trust SA aims to provide regular introductory workshops; geared at therapists, teachers and parents; around the country and in neighboring countries, where possible. These events are designed to ignite professionals passion for relationship based models of intervention and empower parents to connect with their child. The proceeds of these events go towards reaching our mission to impact the community through DIR


Three Tier Approach

Introductory DIR:Floortime Training

We aim to make our Introductory course accessible to anybody who would benefit from the knowledge and experience of the DIR philosophy.  So if you are interested, you are welcome!


Due to the complexity of the DIR ® model, which encompasses principles from developmental psychology, OT and Speech and Language therapies, we have compressed the information to present a 12 hour course available online or live around the country. 

We aim to sponsor at least one place per live course to work towards our mission.

Online DIR training through

SPOTlight Trust SA is the official South African Affiliate to Profectum Foundation. Profectum Foundation is a US based non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the development of all children, adolescents and adults with special needs. Profectum  provides world-class online training programmes for professionals, parents and caregivers. Members of Spotlight Trust have access to significant discounts and CPD points for Profectum professional training.

Part of our mission is to be able to sponsor professionals or paraprofessionals in under privileged areas to attend the relevant Profectum certificate training. 

Community Projects

Our community projects focus on taking DIR ® : Floortime™ to the parents, caregivers and teachers supporting children with developmental challenges. Through spending time with these adults, coaching them on specific handling strategies and providing hands-on training and intervention, we aim to deepen their understanding of a child’s functional challenges.

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Alicia M.

“Easy understandable topics explained thoroughly... I feel like I can treat more efficiently.”

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Jeanne S.

Thanks for the wonderful course. It was very insightful and reinforced that its not just teaching our special needs kids, but letting them teach us.

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Shanna L.

Thank you to the wonderful Spotlight SA team for organising the introduction DIR floortime course👏! It was such an incredible experience. I cannot wait to continue my DIR journey😁.



Those who have been to our courses

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