Meet the Team
Live Out Loud is a trans-disciplinary support and intervention team of professional consultants working in partnership with parents / carers, families, schools, community organisations and corporate businesses.
Professional consultants at Live Out Loud involve specialists such as speech and language therapists, social workers, child care specialists and psychologists.
Director & Co-Founder
Speech and Language Pathologist
“I believe in empowering individuals and families to shine within themselves.”
Early in my career as a Speech and Language Pathologist, I had the good fortune to work with children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities/challenges. These children have taught me so much about what is important in life. Seeing them being true to their own heart has taught me to do likewise in my own life. This is a precious gift for which I am immensely grateful.
I am passionate about working with children living with an intellectual disability as well as working alongside their families.
Throughout my career, I have discovered the benefits of collaborating with professionals such as teachers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists with a view to developing holistic approaches to intervention in the home, school and community.
This led me to develop Live Out Loud with others who share my same passion and belief; empowering individuals and families to shine within themselves and in their world.
I feel most alive when I am able to collaboratively create unique holistic intervention programmes that provide practical, real life experiences for individuals to enhance their journey through life. My dream is to continue to provide support in this way.
MSc Speech Pathology and Audiology Northern Arizona University (NAU), Arizona, USA
BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology Northern Arizona University (NAU), Arizona, USA
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dr. Elsabé De Villiers
Director & Co-Founder
Educational & Counselling Psychologist
“Working together – is success.”
“Live Out Loud is all about realising and celebrating strengths and strives to enable children, young people and their families to live out loud wherever they find themselves.”
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. It was no co-incidence that my studies prepared me for a career in Education and Psychology. I began my career as a teacher and student counsellor in mainstream schooling, but at many points along the way, my life and career were touched by students, their teachers, parents and families who faced various physical, intellectual and social differences and challenges.
As a district and school psychologist within a multi-disciplinary team based in George, a town along the Garden Route in South Africa, I was privileged to work with children and young people with different abilities across primary, multi-grade, secondary and special schools, gaining significant experience in assessment, support and intervention.
In 2008 I made a courageous move and accepted a position as Senior Educational Psychologist at a special school in Dublin. It was there that I discovered that working with children and young people and their families who live with difference, different abilities and more specifically an intellectual disability – is (and always has been) my true calling.
I believe that all children and young people with intellectual disability have significant strengths, abilities, gifts, interests and talents, and can learn, provided they experience a sense of belonging within the setting in which they find themselves and are given ample opportunities to achieve mastery. Such experiences build capacity and help young people to develop their confidence, esteem and independence.
It is also my belief that children and young people living with a disability benefit from respectful support and intervention provided by a team of relevant adults and professionals working together closely in a way that is systematic, collaborative, transparent, seamless and consistent, yet also makes good sense. This allows the young person and the family to participate fully in this process, to set realistic and achievable goals, to determine their own readiness and pace, and to feel understood and supported by the significant others in their lives.
I am convinced that children and young people living with an intellectual disability, together with the families concerned, can live out loud within a society (be it the school, local football club or corporate business) where others are informed, understanding, welcoming, accepting and working towards the inclusion of all.
Finally, I have no doubt that every step of my journey has been meticulously planned to bring me to this point where we can join hands – children and young people living with intellectual disability, parents, siblings, families, teachers and others – to enable each person to live out loud…wherever that may be.
DEd (Education Management), University of South Africa
MEd (Education Management), University of South Africa
Hons BEd (Education Management), University of South Africa
MA (Counselling Psychology), University of Stellenbosch, SA
Hons BA (Counselling Psychology, University of Stellenbosch, SA
BA, University of Stellenbosch, SA
Higher Education Diploma (HED), University of Stellenbosch, SA
Further Diploma (Remedial Education), University of Johannesburg, SA
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
British Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
South African Council for Educators (SACE)