Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru

by Asociacion Centro de Rehabilitacion para Personas con Discapacidad Wasi Esperanza
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Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru

Gabriela is 6 years old, she is a happy, smiling and charismatic girl, she likes to play kitchen, sing and tell short stories, although not everyone can understand her.
Her diagnosis is Cerebral Palsy, she and her mother live in a rented room, her mother works hard so that she has everything she needs to develop.
Gabriela joined Wasi Esperanza at the beginning of 2016 at that time she was very small: she did not control her body, she had a very soft muscle tone, she drool, she did not have coordination and balance, she could not sit, she had anemia and many other things.
She received care in the areas of Physical Therapy, Day Center, Psychology and Education. Over the years Gabriela has had many achievements and successes such as: Stop drooling, be able to support her body, have balance, speak, change some clothes by herself, perform complicated exercises, eat some solid foods among others, leave the diaper and be able to go to the bathroom.
Gabriela learns very fast, she is always attentive to any situation, she has a good memory, she learned vowels, counting to 10, colors, animals, indications, her vocabulary has increased, seeing her as successful learning.
In 2019 there was a great challenge to include her in regular education. First she was in CEBE (Special Basic Studies Center) where she demonstrated all her skills, managing to enter the educational center "Niño Jesús de Praga" the following year in the 4-year-old classroom, she is still adapting to his new environment, classmates, teacher and workflow.
Due to the pandemic and quarantine, she has stopped attending her little school, thus leading virtual classes where her mother helps her with homework with support from the Education area, making the adaptations she needs since she still cannot speak properly and her motor functions are very limited.
When the quarantine began, she received virtual care but the mother does not have enough money to install the internet and the internet packages she bought were running out very quickly between classes and therapies. That is why she currently attends face-to-face therapy. The mother brings her carrying because she still does not walk and is afraid to use public transport.
She and her mother work hard to improve their situation, each is the support of the other and each achievement of Gabi makes her mother proud.

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Today we'll tell you about José. He is 14 years old and since 3 years he receives physical therapy. He is a happy and calm kid. He likes to listen to music, above all ballads. He lives with his mother and younger sister who love him a lot.

José has cerebral palsy. With help he can walk a little bit. He and his family have been going to the psychologist, because his little sister felt like all the attention of heir mother was only good José. Because of the therapy of our psychologist they could resolve the situation together with other issues which complicated José’s condition.

During the pandemic the psychologist continued working with José for instructions and relaxation exercises for his mother. Because of the lockdown due to covid-19 she has been stressed. We contacted them through video calls, messages and WhatsApp.

When they started with on his follow-up with José they had to repeat a lot of times what he had to do. This was very frustrating for his mother and she had to bee patient to work with him. The corona virus has affected a lot of families economically. The mother of José lost her work and his father only has temporary jobs. In spite of the situation, his mother continued reinforcing the work of the psychologist. Now they only have to repeat it sometimes so that he follows the instructions. José, His mother and the psychologist have already set a new goal and are working on recognizing colors.

The lockdown started 16th of March in Peru and ended 30th of June. During this time our psychologist continued working with the patients and their families because they were facing a situation without precedents. In Wasi Esperanza we try to adapt us to the actual context in the best way we can. We opted for attention through video calls and home visits. But 40% of our patients only have limited access or none at all to internet which was a big gap to fill. A lot of families opted to return to their villages because life would be cheaper there.

We are starting to attend in person since this month making sure to comply with the norms of prevention determined by the government and for are own personal health. However, 80% of our patients are afraid of being infected. That’swhy we have to work on raising awareness and educate about the prevention of the coronavirus, because in a lot of cases the therapy at a distance can’t replace the actual therapy in person.

Jose and his family
Jose and his family
Jose peeling garlic
Jose peeling garlic
Ordering the paintings
Ordering the paintings
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We meet Mrs Vanessa in the psychology service of Wasi Esperanza. She can neither read nor write, which makes her sad and helpless because she doesn't feel able to take care of her family.

Mrs Vanessa is Maribel's aunt who has been taking care of Maribel since the death of her mother. Maribel is four years old and has a difficulty with speaking and walking.  She is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spastic hemiplegia.

Mrs Vanessa has an eight-year-old daughter named Sofia. Sofia and Maribel are sisters on their father's side. They are very good friends, they love each other very much and take care of each other.

Mrs Vanessa does embroidery work to support the household, as only support, because the father doesn’t show interest in both of his daughters.

They live on the outskirts of the city of and their house is difficult to access. To attend the therapies, Mrs Vanessa has to carry Maribel, accompanied by Sofia. It’s a tiring journey, consisting of a walk of one-and-a-half hour and in many occasions they have to face strong weather conditions like the rays of the sun, the dust and the rain.

Despite the emotional problems, due to the death of her sister an due to the responsibility for the youngest one, Mrs Vanessa is very enthusiastic to start her literacy program in Wasi to learn to read and write in her native language, which is Quechua.

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We are about to end 2019 and Wasi Esperanza has taken care of more than 100 poor children with physical disabilities, one of them is Henderson who really enjoyed our Christmas party.

He is a new patient who entered in October, he is 7 years old and he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy type quadriplegia. Henderson lives together with his parents and three siblings.

The social worker visits the home of all the patients of Wasi Esperanza to confirm the provided information and determine goals to improve their homes. As a result of this we were able to see the great effort that the parents make to bring Henderson to therapy, since they live on a hill and they have to cross two rivers that don’t have bridges to get to their home.

Every Thursday they get up at 4 in the morning to start their walk. They cross the rivers whilst taking advantage that in the morning the water is frozen and the rivers have less flow. After this, they walk to the highway and wait for the car that brings them to the city. When his therapy has finished, they have to return home. Because of the conditions of the rivers in the evening, the family isn’t able anymore to cross them. So, they are forced to stay over in a place nearby their home.

The parents hope that the therapy will help their child to improve, so he can at least sit down and is able to chew food, so their quality of life can improve.

Visiting Henderson's house

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Taking care of our homes is important because it has a positive impact on our physical and emotional health. Understanding this, the social worker, nurse and psychologist have developed a series of workshops on healthy housing.

In the workshops, the participation of Mrs. Ana stands out, she is the mother of 2 children, including a 3-year-old girl with a tetraplegia named Luana.

When Mrs. Ana sought support from the center, Luana had no treatment for her seizures, which led the mother to present with depression that affected her family's health. In addition, the lack of money was constantly a cause of frustration since she could not work to be aware of her daughter with different needs.

Now Luana attends the nursery center where she receives attention from the psychologist who has developed a sensory stimulation plan, also works with the mother weekly sessions reinforced by healthy housing workshops, found a job and is developing a medium-term plan by the time Luana is no longer in daycare.

Mrs. Ana is very active in the workshops and even won the healthy food contest with her Quinoa salad recipe. The psychologist and social worker make visits to her home where they can notice the changes she is making and the improvement she presents,

The mental and physical health of the parents of children with disabilities is often not addressed correctly generating a disregard for the needs of these children, since if the parents are well, the children are generally well too.

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