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Prof Kitty Uys



Prof Kitty Uys


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Research Interests

Early childhood, augmentative and alternative communication,



Academic leader


Kitty Uys is an occupational therapist and after 12 years of lecturing at the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria, she has made a lateral move to the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC). From a medical focus to disability, her interest grew to social focus on disability with a conviction for holistic interventions.

Initially, Kitty was working mainly in a multi-professional model with young children with disabilities, but realised that the gaps in this model does not contribute to sustainable intervention for families in South Africa.  Therefore, she changed to trans-disciplinary post-graduate training at the CAAC. Families are pivotal in sustainable intervention and in a country where the top-down medical approach is still prevalent, and empowerment of families to participate equally in the healthcare process became one of her research areas. 

Other research areas include development and validation of measurement tools to provide valid outcomes. Outcome-based research feeds into determining effectiveness of interventions, an area still open for new developments. ResearchGate Profile 

 List of Publications

 Publications in peer-reviewed or refereed journals

  1. Uys, C.J.E. (2009). The 21st Voda du Toit Memorial Lecture. Wisdom from within: Finding modern truths in traditional proverbs. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3), 3-10.
  2. Engelbrecht, L.H., Casteleijn, D., & Uys, C.J.E. (2008). Could health care workers determine the occupational performance priorities of people with disability living in a developing community? South Africa Journal of Occupational Therapy, 38(2), 8-14.
  3. Uys, C.J.E., & Harty, M. (2007). Narrowing the gap: Using aided language stimulation (ALS) in the inclusive classroom. South Africa Journal of Occupational Therapy, 37(3), 29-33.   
  4. Almqvist, L., Uys, C.J.E., & Sandberg, A. (2007). The concepts of participation, engagement and flow: A matter of creating optimal play experiences. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 37(3), 8-13.
  5. Harty, M., Alant, E., & Uys, C.J.E. (2007). Maternal self-efficacy and maternal perception of child language competence in pre-school children with a communication disability. Child: Care, Health and Development, 33(2), 144-154.
  6. Leech R, van Wyk N.C, Uys, C.J.E. (2007).  The management of infant developmental needs by community nurses. Part 1: description of the responsibilities of community nurses with regard to the management of infant developmental needs. Curationis, 30(2), 91-103.
  7. Leech R, van Wyk N.C, Uys C.J.E. (2007). The management of infant developmental needs by community nurses. Part 2: the development of guidelines for the support of community nurses in the management of infant developmental needs. Curationis. 30(2), 104-12.
  8. Nel, L.,van der Westhuyzen, C., & Uys, C.J.E. (2007). Introducing a school-to-work transition model for youth with disabilities in South Africa. Work, 29(1): 13-18.
  9. Uys, C.J.E., Alant, E., & Lloyd, L.L. (2005). A play package for children with severe disabilities: A validation. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 17(2), 133 – 154.
  10. Uys, C.J.E. & Alant, E. (2004). Play-based assessment of communication related skills in young children with disabilities: The validation of a tool. Perspectives in Education, 22(2), 115-128.
  11. Uys, C.J.E. (2003).  Operationalising theoretical constructs: A research basis for effective therapy. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 33(2), 15-18.
  12. Uys, C.J.E. & Alant, E.  (1998). “A play package for the development of skills related to communication in children with severe disabilities.” South African Journal for Occupational Therapy, 27(2), 4-11. 

Books and/or chapters in books

  1. Uys, C.J.E., & Samuels, A. (2010). Early childhood intervention in South Africa: Minimizing the impact of disabilities. In R. Crouch and V. Ahlers (Eds.), Occupational therapy: An African perspective (Chapter 13).
  2. Alant, E., Uys, C.J.E., & Tönsing, K. M. (2009). Communication, Language and Literacy Learning in Children with Developmental Disabilities. In J. L. Matson, F. Andrasik and M.L. Matson (Eds.), Treating Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities (pp. 373 – 399). New York: Springer.
  3. Bornman, J., Alant, E., & Uys, C.J.E. (2008). From caring to education for children with severe disabilities in a rural context. In A.T. Waddell and R.M. McBride (Eds.), New research on early childhood education (pp. 139 – 167).  New York: Nova Publishers.
  4. Uys, C.J.E. (2005). Multiple Disabilities. In E. Landsberg, D. Kruger and N. Nel (Eds.), Addressing barriers to learning: A Southern African perspective (Chapter 18, pp 405 – 423). Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  5. Uys, C.J.E. (2011). Severe disabilities. In E. Landsberg, D. Krüger, & E. Swart (Eds.), Addressing barriers to learning: A South African perspective (2nd ed., pp. 446-466). Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik.
  6. Bornman, J., & Uys, C.J.E. (2005). Multi-skilling in AAC. In E. Alant and L. Lloyd (Eds.), Augmentative and Alternative Communication:  Beyond Poverty (Chapter 11, pp. 243 – 271). London:  Whurr Publisher. 


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