Our Outreach Programme focuses on providing therapy and support to children with disabilities and their families in our community. These children are at home, in mainstream creches or schools, attending special schools in other parts of the Western Cape or have high-risk medical and care needs.
These children and their families become part of the Early Intervention Programme or the Inclusive Education Programme. We bring them into our Therapy Centre for group or individual therapy sessions working on their developmental, academic, communication and social skills. Our therapists also visit children and families in their own homes.
Our Community Development Manager visits high-risk families to assist with social challenges, grant applications and to provide much needed emotional support.
Parents and carers of these children, many of whom are grandparents, attend regular parent support groups and evening workshops. These events provide families with information and skills to manage their children’s medical and care needs as well as safe space to interact and share with other parents who are facing similar challenges in caring for their disabled children.
We see children from aged 0-4 years in the Early Intervention Programme to identify and manage disabilities without delay. Our team provides therapy, equipment, home programmes and guidance for parents who are new to the journey of parenting a child with disabilities.
Meet Siphumezi and Inathi. Both have significant disabilities and attend a mainstream school in Grade 7. With a full-time Learner Facilitator, technology and accommodations, they are able to access learning alongside their peers. They love going to school and their peers do not see their disabilities as barriers. They are accepted and included.
After School Group Therapy
Some children come into the Therapy Centre for afterschool social and learning groups. Inclusion is a complex spectrum requiring a balance of inclusion with able-bodied peers but also feeling a sense of belonging with similar children with disabilities. Research shows that this concept increases the success of mainstream inclusion. The message is simple, ‘It is ok to have a disability’.
Parents meet in small supportive groups to discuss their daily challenges regarding finances, providing for their families and the shared experiences they face in raising their children with disabilities.
Parents and carers of all our children are regularly invited to attend informative workshops covering a variety of topics including; basic first aid , picky eating and nutrition, my child with Cerebral Palsy, positioning and posture management at home etc.
Home visits ensure personalised care, practical application of therapy and family involvement in the comfort of the disabled child’s own home.
Children impacted by Sabrina Love
Family members supported
KM travelled by our two busses
Nutritious meals provided
* Stats & figures for 2022