About Us

Our journey has taken us to many interesting places and we have met many great people that have helped us along the way.

Our journey started off with us placing our son in a Centre that had a ratio of four children to one teacher and one assistant, ratios which we initially believed were very good. However in hindsight we realised that even though the ratios seemed great, our son needed more than that.

We then launched a 40 hour per week (yes that implies 8 hours of work per day) home program, where we used all the ABA principles to reach our son’s potential. The program was directed by a BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) based in the USA, which we invited to visit us each quarter to update the program and see first-hand how the program was developing.
After two years of running the home program we started to look around to what the next steps would be for our son in terms of school/facilities and realised that on the West Rand of Gauteng we could not identify a suitable facility for our son,

so therefore we decided to create a small Centre where our son could continue with his program, but where we could share our experience with other families as well and assist other children to reach their full potential.

The Centre allows children to be fast tracked as each child’s program is individually tailored and children can also accelerate their social skills as specific activities are designed and done on a daily basis requiring children to interact with one another, facilitated by the tutors.

The Centre is open to special needs children that are challenged in terms of communication and social skills and have general learning delays. We enrol children that are between 2 and 9 years old at our Centre. Children are, however, able to continue attending our Centre past our maximum age for as long as is required, as long as they join our Centre by the age of 9.

Our Centre Manager

LUC Academy has a very special place in my heart. Our children are magnificent little fighters with beautiful spirits that have taught me many lessons in life. Being able to work with special needs children, especially Autism, has become a passion of mine and I am thankful to be able to make a difference in their lives every day.
I have been part of the LUC Academy family since 2014. I’m happy to be back as manager of the Centre after completing my Bachelors in Psychology, Honors in Psychology (cum laude) and Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. I have realized that this is where my heart is.
Melissa Oberholzer

Our Facility

Our goal with the Centre is to create a centre of excellence, where children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential through the assistance of qualified professionals and competent tutors.

Our ambition is to create a community of parents and tutors that believe in the potential of their children and will not
leave a single stone unturned to ensure success,
albeit that it will be different for each child.

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