In February 2017, with the support of the charitable Foundation KPMG launched a new project “strong start” for three years, the operators of which are 3 non-profit organization (NPO).
“Strong start” is a project of early intervention based on home visits to families of children with severe physical and multiple disabilities.
“Strong start” is an early intervention program that provides families with children up to three years with developmental disabilities in the format of home visits.
The goal of the Program is to raise the level of functioning of children and improve the quality of life of the child and the family as a whole. By increasing the activity we understand primarily the child’s learning skills and adaptation to different VI-dam activities, situations and daily activities (feeding, dressing, walking, sleeping etc).
The target group of the Programme are children from 0 to 36 months with developmental disabilities, primarily children with severe motor or multiple disabilities.
To get into the program, the child must meet several criteria:
1. Age 0 to 30 months
2. The presence of significant motor disorders, that is, the child has limitation of movement, it needs auxiliary assistance and/or the use of technical means of rehabilitation in exercise movements, which usually handle swerty key.
3. Both motor impairment marked impairment / communication / hearing / ability to eat and drink, that is, the child has appropriate limits, it needs auxiliary assistance and/or the use of technical means of rehabilitation in the performance of skills that usually cope peers.
As the consultants described early intervention services at home, are the specialists with higher psychological or education in the field of adaptive physical education, have passed additional specialized training by leading experts in their fields in areas such as:
• physical therapy
• development of various types of communication
• care and education with respect
• selection of technical means of rehabilitation
• development of interaction and games
• functional vision and visual perception
• to assist children with hearing impairments
• development of relations of the child with disorders with the primary care adults
• adaptation of the environment and the production of simple assistive devices
Direct work with children will be implemented by three NGOs that have considerable experience in provision of care for children with developmental disabilities and their families. This “Center for curative pedagogics”, “the Road to the world” Educational centre for children with cerebral palsy “Elizabethan garden” service of assistance “Mercy”. Each NGO created by a team of 5 consultants who are directly involved home visits and 1 supervisor. Each child will get 2 visits of 1 hour per week. After each visit the consultant will leave the family recommendations and homework.
Participation in the Program “strong start” imposes some requirements on families: a willingness to cooperate. By cooperation we understand the involvement of families in the therapeutic process: participation in the visits, planning the goals of the child, homework, compliance with recommendations, and participation in evaluation of effectiveness. It also assumes a constant exchange of information between family and consultant, discussing the issues that cause difficulties. In any difficult situations, family and advisers can ask for help to the supervisor of the Program.
To participate in the program need to write on mail email@example.com and leave the application for participation in the program.
In order to specify the name of the child, age in months, the main difficulties of the diagnosis, County of residence and contact information for a parent or person replacing him. After that, you will be contacted by a representative of one of the three NGO service providers early intervention services.
The organizer and the partner of the Program “strong start”: KPMG Fund.
Chief expert of the Program “strong start”: Ekaterina Klochkova (ANO “Physical rehabilitation”).