Wietske Boon

BSocSci (Hons) Psychology (UP); MDIAC Play therapy (UNISA);
PhD Early Childhood Education (UP).
CCSA nr: SCO 0400

Wietske obtained an Honours degree in Psychology in 2005. Soon thereafter she completed the MDIAC degree in Play therapy with her dissertation: ‘Siblings of children with cancer's experience in the family dynamics after treatment.’ Wietske has seven years’ experience as a foundation phase educator. She practices as a specialist counsellor using play therapy techniques in private practice. She is registered with the Council for Counsellors in South Africa.

In 2021 she obtained a PhD degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Pretoria with her thesis: ‘Mother-tongue, dual medium and second language education: An exploratory-comparative study of three-year-olds’ social and emotional development.’ Wietske held the positions of acting chair and member of the board for the Association for the Education and Care of Young Children (AECYC) and vice-president of the Organisation for Paediatric Support in South Africa (OPSSA). She was a volunteer for Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) as a child life specialist. Wietske frequently writes articles, informal and academic, and takes part in workshop-and-seminar presentations and radio-talks.