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Is your child not meeting their full potential at school?
An educational assessment is the best way to determine your child’s strengths or weaknesses in certain areas.
These assessments can reveal many facets of cognitive functioning including IQ, attention, memory, dyslexia, dysgraphia and many other learning difficulties.
Diagnosis is the most important step. We can then explore ways to improve or compensate for these difficulties, and in some instances, even motivate for scholastic concessions in classroom and examination environments.
Early symptoms and early diagnosis can make a difference. I work with a network of neurologists and neurosurgeons to ensure the best possible care for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
Living with Parkinson's can be made easier for both the patient and their loved ones with psycho education.
For some patients, medication can alleviate symptoms. For others, surgery such as Deep Brain Stimulation is an option. We offer pre and post op assessments which are critical for ensuring the right candidates are put forward.
Alzheimer's and Dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term for diseases and conditions characterised by a decline in memory, language, problem solving and thinking skills.
Understanding the various facets of cognitive decline is critical to ensuring the best care for the patient and their loved ones and care givers.
My practise offers both a full neuro psychological test battery for a comprehensive cognitive picture, as well as an abridged dementia rating scale which can give a high level picture.
Occupational Assessments and Compensation
Are you struggling to cope with your work environment post brain injury?
A cognitive assessment could help.
These assessments can reveal many facets of cognitive functioning including IQ, attention, memory, processing speed, language difficulties and executive functioning.
This may reveal whether or not you should be medically boarded.
I love research. I believe that studying our brains, how they work and how we can improve our cognitive functioning and development is a critical aspect of understanding what it is to be human.
I have worked with the University of Liverpool and University College London in the United Kingdom, and several distance learning institutions in South Africa. I have had work published on diverse neurological topics.
If you are looking for someone to augment or assist with your research project, please contact me to discuss.
I am also always on the lookout for students looking for research supervision and can do so electronically anywhere in the world, or in person if in the Ballito area.
Regardless of your age or health, there are lots of things you can do to look after your brain!
1. Healthy sleep patterns that allow adequate recuperating deep sleep and REM filtering.
2. A Healthy diet with sufficient fresh fruit and vegetables with a focus on whole foods.
3. Minimising alcohol, caffeine and tobacco.
4. Reduced screen time on phones, iPads and television.
5. Plenty of exercise, even just going for a walk can make a difference.
6. Brain exercise – learning a musical instrument, doing puzzles and crosswords, reading or listening to audio books.
Online or in Person?
I am a people person! I love meeting new people and getting the opportunity to chat face to face. Consequently, I see a lot of patients in person in hospital. I also have offices in a medical centre where I can meet with people.
We do however also live in a changing world. Technology has enabled us to cross the divide and facilitate conversation and assessments remotely. This can be done via a combination of phone calls, emails and secure video conferencing.
Donna Page Neuropsychologist
Hello! Welcome! My name is Donna Page and I am utterly fascinated by the brain, specifically in its immense capacity to re-wire and heal.
My research started with understanding brain morphology as impacted by the training of music at the University of Liverpool, and then moved onto specialising in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and dystonia at University College London.
Now back in South Africa, I have expanded my scope to working with Alzheimer's and dementia with the aim of understanding memory and improving quality of life.
Other areas of expertise include educational assessments, ADD and dyslexia diagnosis and for remedial action and concessions.
I also perform work assessments for medical boarding owing to diminished cognitive capacity, as well as generalised cognitive assessments following brain injury.
If you are a student looking for assistance with research or supervision, I would love to hear from you! In South Africa I have worked with distance learning from Varsity College, Unisa and CTI.
I am a full SACNA member registered with the Health Professions Council.
Contact Donna Page
Simbithi, Ballito, 4420, South Africa