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De SAS (Sensory Activation Solutions) methode is het innovatieve idee van Nederlander Steven Michaëlis en is het resultaat van 50 jaar onderzoek op het gebied van hoe het brein informatie verwerkt en leert, en hoe we meer effectief kunnen zijn in ons leven. De methode en programma's worden ontwikkeld en onderzocht in Engeland, Nederland, Polen en Turkije, en worden gebruikt door cliënten, families en scholen over de gehele wereld.

Een internationaal team van deskundige, ervaren en creatieve mensen vormen de ruggengraat van de SAS organisatie. Hun inzet voor het vinden van de juiste oplossingen en het verstrekken van de beste service is afgestemd op een holistische en zorgzame houding waar de klant altijd voorop staat.


Het internationale team staat onder de dagelijkse leiding van Steven Michaëlis, Ergun Karabulut en Helena Karabulut, maar alle medewerkers over de hele wereld leveren hun bijdrage aan de verdere ontwikkeling van de SAS methode en het succes van de organisatie.

Nederland en Vlaams België

Aangezien er op het SAS hoofdkantoor in Ankara een aantal Nederlanders werken, zullen veel aanvragen direct vanuit het hoofdkantoor worden behandeld. Wij nemen graag direct contact met u op als u dit korte formuliertje invult.

Research en programma ontwikkeling in Nederland staan onder toezicht van LerendBrein, een samenwerkingsverband van SAS opgeleide psycholoog Berrie Gerrits en educatieve specialiste Mariëlle Gerrits-Entken, gevestigd in Nijmegen, Nederland.


Het SAS hoofdkantoor voor de U.K. en SAS opleidingscentrum zijn gevestigd in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire en worden beheerd door Nicole Zimbler, SAS Master Practitioner.

Een aantal geaccrediteerde SAS Providers verspreid over Engeland kunnen ook diensten verlenen in andere delen van het land.

Ieder jaar in juni/juli heeft SAS een stand en geeft presentaties op de Autism Shows in Londen, Birmingham en Manchester.


SAS is in Polen vertegenwoordigd door SAS Centre Polska, gevestigd in Cieszyn in het zuiden van Polen.

Een aantal geaccrediteerde SAS Providers verspreid over Polen kunnen ook diensten verlenen in andere delen van het land.

Australië en Nieuw-Zeeland

Nina Woodcock en Anneke Woodcock zijn opgeleid in de SAS methode zowel in Engeland als ook in Turkije. Zij coördineren alle SAS activiteiten voor Australië en Nieuw-Zeeland.


Het SAS Centrum Turkije en SAS hoofdkantoor zijn gevestigd in de hoofdstad Ankara.

  • SAS Turkije Algemeen Directeur - Ergun Karabulut
  • SAS Turkije Directeur - Helena Karabulut
  • SAS Centrum Ankara Pedagoge - Dilek Cayir
  • SAS Centum Ankara Onderwijs Specialiste - İlknur Tan
  • SAS Centum Ankara Onderwijs Specialiste - Sebnem Basmaci
  • SAS Centum Ankara Onderwijs Specialiste - Ebru Aynacioglu
  • SAS Centum Ankara Administratieve Assistente - Sunhal Penez
  • SAS Centum Ankara Administratieve Assistente - Deniz Ciftci
  • SAS Centum Ankara Software Developer - Erkan Karatas

Steven Michaëlis | Founder Sensory Activation Solutions

Steven Michaëlis is the originator of the SAS methodology and founder of SAS Organisation, currently with centres in the U.K., The Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Australia. He is a highly experienced counsellor, conference presenter and expert in neuro-coustics and human auditory perception. He specialises in sensory activation techniques that help the brain to processes information more effectively and that stimulate inter-hemispheric synchronisation.

Steven got interested in sound recording when he received a reel-to-reel tape recorder for his 15th birthday. As he was already involved in the organisation of a local youth club, he used the equipment to record live bands, including an early Pink Floyd performance. He designed his own little mixing desk and made microphones out of dictating machines spares. Not surprisingly Steven went on to study electronics and at the same time founded an electronic equipment import and distribution company in Holland. Having completed a sound engineering course in the USA, he expanded into studio design and record production.

At the age of 25 Steven moved to England to pursue a career with a leading British sound equipment design organisation. This brought him into contact with leading acoustics companies in Europe, the USA and Far East and expanded his knowledge of human auditory perception and formal testing procedures. In his early thirties he joined the Japanese consumer electronics giant JVC and travelled extensively throughout the world, networking with innovators and researchers working in the field of sound processing and early computer technologies.

In the eighties Steven embarked on a parallel career in counselling and parenting skills and was involved in the establishment of the first national parenting organisation in the UK. He ran many parenting and relationship classes for parents and couples expecting their first baby, guiding them through this life-changing period. He was trained by leading child-development experts from Europe, the USA and Australasia and he eventually became a certified group counsellor and master-trainer.

At the same time Steven also got interested in methods that stimulate faster and better learning. This included the use of baroque music, breathing techniques and suggestive language. He was actively involved in organising a number of international conferences on the subject and met many of the leading innovators in the field.

The development of the SAS methodology can be traced back to the wide ranging knowledge and experience Steven acquired during the last 50 years. Combining his knowledge of human auditory perception with the latest findings in neuro-plasticity and using the latest computer technology to alter music and speech in ways that were not possible until recently, has resulted in the extraordinarily effective SAS methodology that helps children and adults to perform better in life.

Kaśka Gozdek-Michaëlis | Founding Partner and Psychotherapist SAS International

Kaśka Michaëlis is an inter-faith, cross-cultural lecturer, writer, psychotherapist and life-coach with over 35 years experience. She gained a Master Degree in Oriental Studies at the prestigious University of Warsaw, Poland. Her passion has always been education in the widest sense of the word and she is a life-long student and seeker of knowledge and truth herself.

For many years Kaśka Michaëlis has lectured and given workshops at colleges and universities in the U.K. on subjects ranging from counselling and communication skills to accelerated learning techniques, assertiveness training and courses for women returners. She also has facilitated parenting and parents-to-be courses for both parents and educational professionals.Kaśka Michaëlis is the author of two books in Polish, 'Develop your genius mind' and 'Super-possibilities of your mind' in which she presents a picture of a new style of education that encourages the learner to understand his or her own thought processes and emotional make up. This leads to greater control over the mind, body and spirit and allows the student to be much more effective and a happier person.

Kaśka Michaëlis offers her counselling, psychotherapy and coaching services to clients throughout the world in either English or Polish.

Ergun Karabulut | Founding Partner and General Manager SAS Turkey

Ergun heads up SAS Turkey and is an Economics graduate from Gazi University, Ankara. He grew up in a family steeped in education and at a young age learned how the right education forms the individual, builds character and prepares a young person for a successful adult life. He grew up supporting several relatives with learning difficulties and finds it easy to open his heart towards those that are less fortunate. Ergun is Turkish and speaks excellent English.

Helena Karabulut | Founding Partner and Director SAS Turkey

Born in England, Helena is one of the founders of SAS Turkey. With both her parents deeply involved in Parenting Skills training programmes, she was a willing 'guinea pig' as a child and now puts this experience into practise herself, being the mother of two. She studied History and Politics of the Middle East and Turkish language at Durham University in the U.K. and is an accomplished and inspiring TEFL teacher. She worked in Warsaw, Poland and at the Turco-British Association (TBA) and Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara. Helena is British and speaks fluent Turkish.

Nicole Zimbler | SAS Master Practitioner and Manager SAS U.K.

Nicole Zimbler heads up the SAS organisation in the U.K. and is an Integrated Developmental Therapist. She has worked for over 20 years in the therapeutic and education sector as Remedial and Learning Support Specialist, Reflexologist, Special Needs Yoga Therapist, Movement and Retained Reflexes Therapist, Doula and Baby Massage Instructor.

When working with complex developmental issues, Nicole can call upon her extensive knowledge and experience in body awareness, movement, balance and retained reflex rehabilitation to complement the SAS Programmes for the benefit of the client.

Nicole completed her training in the SAS methodology in the U.K. and at the SAS Centres in Istanbul and Ankara. She is based in Hemel Hempstead.

Nina Woodcock | SAS Master Practitioner and Manager SAS Australia

Born on the North Island of New Zealand, Nina migrated to Australia in her early 20s and for the past 11 years has been a Teacher Aide to children with very high needs at the Mt. Ommaney Special School. In the past Nina has also worked as a swimming coach with Special Olympics, mentoring people from ages 8-60 who have an intellectual disability.

In 2011, Nina completed her Diploma in Education Support with the Gold Coast TAFE and is looking forward to using her new skills to help further the development of children and adults with intellectual and learning disabilities. She has a special interest in Asperger's Syndrome and Autism and hopes that through SAS she can broaden her knowledge of intellectual disabilities so as to better help those who are affected by it.

Nina joined the SAS team in 2011 after spending 4 months in the U.K., Turkey and The Netherlands learning more about the innovative methods developed by Sensory Activation Solutions.

Anneke Woodcock | SAS Master Practitioner and SAS Australia

Born in Australia with dual citizenship in New Zealand, Anneke has recently completed her three year degree in Theatre and Arts Business at The University of Southern Queensland. Anneke has had experience working with both children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities through voluntary work with Special Olympics and also at the Mt. Ommaney Special School in the Music Program. She hopes to one day bring a new educational parameter to schools in Australia using ‘clown’ as a tool for learning.

In the meantime Anneke is ecstatic to be on board with Sensory Activation Solution and in June/July 2011 she spent some time in the U.K. and Turkey learning the advanced methods and theories offered by SAS.

Nina and Anneke work as a team to promote the SAS methodology in Australia and New Zealand.

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