BTC OUTREACH PROJECT
According to www.lancet.com new estimates, based on proxy measures of stunting and poverty, it is indicated that 250 million children (43%) younger than five years in low-income and middle-income countries are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential. As such, BTC endeavours to share ECI therapy free of charge with those in disadvantaged communities who have no other access to the benefits of early developmental therapy for their babies. Early intervention on the young developing brain has a high impact on the development of learning skills needed for cognitive function in education, including mathematics and science.
The babies at PoPuP Kids project are developmentally delayed due to environmental circumstances, although a small percentage also present with disabilities such as Autism or Down Syndrome. For this group, a Speech-Language Therapist gives attention to speech and language development. A Music Therapist attends to psycho-social and emotional aspects impacting their development. For these children, the chances are great that they can eventually reach their full potential emotionally, intellectually and academically, if we can lay down the right skills development at the earliest possible time. The BTC therapists also offer teacher training to help facilitators enhance and improve their skills to offer an early learning experience for each child.
Tshwane Haven is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that takes in abandoned, abused, sick and orphaned babies until they are stable or well enough to be placed with a loving family or in more permanent housing. The Centre houses several children with medical conditions which require intensive medical and therapeutic interventions.
The BTC team visit Tshwane Haven on a weekly basis to offer our knowledge and skills in early childhood intervention through:
- Group therapy sessions with the babies and toddlers aimed at facilitating age-appropriate social and play participation.
- Individual therapy sessions with the babies and toddlers aimed at addressing child-specific developmental difficulties or delays.
- Caregiver education and training to enable the caregiver to facilitate the daily development of the children in their care.