Speaking at events


Thank you for considering me to speak at your event. It truly is an honour.  I enjoy speaking regularly, offer talks, workshops and seminars to parents, professionals, schools and churches .

I mostly speak on topics related to parenting, child development and sensory processing. I always customize my presentation to meet your specific needs and my aim is to adjust the level of information accordingly.  My goal is to facilitate the outcome you want to create.

My most requested topics are listed below. Keep in mind that I can present these as a keynote, a short talk or a workshop. Also, I have a half-day, and in some cases, full-day seminar versions.

I am able to speak anywhere in South Africa and do twice yearly trips to London (UK).  I would love to meet parents and professionals outside of these borders, so nowhere is too far to travel.  (Remember my mission is to find 10 000 mums who are intentionally pursuing being joyful mums and raising happy kids. That applies to professionals too.)

Please feel free to contact me on info@lizanneduplessis.com even if you don’t have a budget in place yet. Together we’ll discuss your requirements and create the package that best fit your needs.

An Overview of this Page

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect.

You can click on the links below to take you directly to the relevant sections.

A little bit about me

I have spent most of my career working in the private clinic setting, both in South Africa and London (UK) as an peadiatric Occupational Therapist.  I’ve build and managed my own practice, which was part of a multi-disciplinary setting, in Durbanville, South Africa for five years, before moving abroad with my family.  It was during our 10 years of living abroad that I discovered what it’s like to parent in the trenches (with a husband travelling abroad for more than half of the year), while at the same time building and sustaining a professional career.  My passion and field of expertise lies in the assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers with sensory processing disorders.

With yet another upcoming move (to our home country South Africa), I am now devoting my time to writing, speaking and building my platform. I have written several articels for professional newsletters and numerous in-print and online magazines. I’m currently serving as one of the advisory professionals of a popular parenting magazine in South Afirica, Baba & Kleuter. My first parenting book, Raising Happy Children: The Key to a Calm, Connected Child has been published by Metz Press and released in June 2014.

I have been happily married to my husband, Marius for nearly twenty years and we have two girls.  When I’m not devoting my time to them and juggling the demands of work and house, I enjoy reading, running and crochet.

What you can expect

As a speaker at your event, this is what you can expect from me:

  1. Prompt, courteous and professional replies to phone calls and email messages.
  2. An initial phone consultation with me prior to your event to discuss your needs and the expectations of the audience.
  3. An announcement about your event on my monthly newsletter and social media channels (per your permission).
  4. A professionally prepared and delivered talk, workshop or presentation designed to meet the unique needs of the audience.
  5. A fun and interactive experience, with opportunities for questions and answers during the workshop and for some time afterwards.
  6. A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees.  It will include links to books, articles and resources which I believe will be helpful and on some occasions, the slides I used in the presentation.
  7. Backroom sales of my book, Raising Happy Children, with opportunities for the audience to buy the book and have it signed.  I will organise and set this up.
  8. A quick follow-up communication after the event for evaluations purposes.  (I’d love to hear how you think I can improve.)

My most requested topics

Getting to know your child inside out

Your child is showing you every day what makes him unique – through the way he moves, plays and interacts. His behaviour provides important clues to what is going on in his body and brain.  Just as your child’s fingertips are unique to him, his brain is uniquely wired to make sense of all the incoming information.  In this talk, Lizanne explores the following:

  • The eight senses (yes, there are eight, not just five!)
  • Why senses matter
  • Everyday activities for every sense
  • How it all comes together (with a process called sensory processing)

The critical link between brain development and behaviour

Years and years of neuroscience, brain scans and research have provided us with vital information about how our children’s brain develop and mature.  We know that although genes play a major role in brain development, the way that children are parented and the opportunities we provide them, have a dramatic effect on how their brains are shaped.  In this talk we take a short journey into the child’s developing brain and discuss the critical link between brain development and behaviour.  We discuss:

  • What the child’s brain look like
  • How and when it matures and
  • Five ingredients for healthy brain development

Discovering your child’s uniqueness

Some children are social, alert and on the move.  Others are laid-back, easy and adjustable. And then there are those who are sensitive, attentive and thoughtful.  In this talk we look at three different sensory temperament styles and how it affects the way that children think, feel and behave.  We’ll discuss the advantages, disadvantages and challenges of each temperament style and look at creative ways to ensure a calm, connected and happy child.  Having this knowledge is the key to building deep meaningful relationships and managing challenging behaviours.  Whether you’re a mum or a professional, this presentation will be one of the most inspiring, thought-provoking and empowering talks you’ll ever attend.

Intentional parenting tools.

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.  Yet, there are times when it can leave us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and discouraged.  In this presentation, I explain how to overcome this and become an intentional parent.  Using examples from my own experience as well as relevant case studies, I share three tools for intentional parenting:

  • Intentional parents nurture.  All children need nurture to survive, and routine to thrive.  Knowing how to do this willl ensure calm, connected and happy children.
  • Intentional parents set boundaries.  It is not about whether boundaries are se – it is about how they are set. Disciplining means teaching children how to regulate their feelings, thoughts and actions.  When done in a warm, attentive and flexible manner, keeping the child’s age and unique sensory temperament in mind, the result will be calm, connected and happy children.
  • Intentional parents look after themselves.  It is vital that we look after ourselves, learn how to manage the demands placed on us and enjoy the journey.

(Each of these three points, could also become an individual presentation/talk or workshop.)

Facing challenging times

Children’s behaviour tell us something. In this presentation, I share how parents and professionals working with children, must change the way that they look at challenging behaviours.  For those who  do, the rewards are great. During this talk, we discuss six reasons why challenging behaviour occur and find ways to deal with them in appropriate ways.

The art of managing meltdowns and tantrums

Managing meltdowns and tantrums is an art and a science.  Understanding the science that lies behind meltdowns and tantrums leads us to finding ways to manage it in a way that ensures  healthy and happy children.  In this thought-provoking talk, you’ll discover some secrets of managing meltdowns and how to correctly manage tantrums.  One of the most controversial subjects in child-rearing is discussed in a way that will leave you feeling encouraged, empowered and enlightened.

Making sense of sensory processing

This workshop is specifically for teachers and professionals working in the field.  Children are different – they develop, behave and learn in a way that is unique to them.   The key to unlocking the child’s full potential and managing day-to-day challenges lies in understanding the unique way he/she processes sensory information.  If you want to gain that understanding, then these practical and interactive workshops are for you.

The workshops will provide an overview of the theoretical concepts underlying sensory processing.  Exceptional content will be delivered in an interactive, practical and thought-provoking way.  You will find practical and easy to implement strategies that will enhance relationships, stimulate development, and sort out day-to-day challenges – assisting you to be a better parent, teacher and therapist.

If you deal with children who have sensory difficulties, this workshop is a must.  I will be unpacking normal day to day attention, emotion and behaviour dynamics as it applies to children.

What others are saying

We enjoyed working with Lizanne. She combines being deeply knowledgeable about her subject with a relaxed, engaging  yet professional delivery, ensuring that the programme was inclusive for delegates from a wide variety of backgrounds.” Matt Turney, Centrevents, UK


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