Lurinda is an Occupational Therapist who qualified at the University of Pretoria in 2005. She subsequently completed her Masters degree in Early Childhood Intervention at the Centre for Alternative and Augmentative Communication in 2007. She then spent some time abroad, spending a year working in the United Kingdom where she lived out her dream of traveling around Europe; and four months in the Florida Keys, where she lived out her dream of working in a dolphin assisted therapy program.
She has completed both her Basic Paediatric (8 week) NDT training, as well as the Advanced NDT Baby course and is the current chairperson of SANDTA Eastern Cape. She is also trained up to Intermediate level in Wheelchair and Seating Service Delivery, and completed her Sensory Integration Theory and Test Mechanics courses. She is also qualified to perform the General Movements Assessment (GMA), a technique used in the early identification of cerebral palsy.
Lurinda spent almost five years in the government sector working as the Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist at a large public hospital in Pretoria, where she gained valuable experience in the treatment of many childhood conditions, and her love of neurodevelopment in children grew. Lurinda relocated to the Eastern Cape in 2014 on her appointment as the Hambisela Program Director, with her (then) boyfriend (now husband) and two dogs in tow. Since settling in Port Elizabeth they have expanded their family by adding another dog, and a beautiful baby girl born November 2016!
Lurinda loves working with children, and has a special place in her heart for kids with disabilities. She also loves early intervention and working with babies. Among her other passions are spending time with her gorgeous baby and awesome husband, her family and friends (including the three dog children!), dolphins, the ocean, Disney princesses and crocheting. Her favourite saying is a quote by late former president Nelson Mandela:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”