Hope all is well with your family and loved ones during these difficult times.
We are writing you all to keep you informed with our progress for Stimulation Therapy Center here in Chile.
In the first weeks of January we launched an Intensive Therapy Program. Our director of our non-profit was able to rent office space for two weeks free of charge.
The target was to increase cognitive, educational, physical and social skills for people with special educational needs, through personalized supports, according to evaluations and requirements from the family and each person from our multidisciplinary team.
We had five types of therapists: • Occupational •Special Education • Phonoaudiology • Game / Psychomotor • Physical conditioning
The Program lasted 14 days, 6 hours a day - 6 kids - from 2,5 to 14 years old -
Each one had their own objective and it was an excellent opportunity to see how each person achieved them.
Also, in January we created spaces for people with special educational needs where they implemented what they learned during the year 2019. One of them who had down syndrome named Manuel was put in charge of social networks and video creation. Another person Teresita, who has special needs was the assistant for one of our therapists and was the coordinator of pedagogical materials. All of this was designed to foster their transition to adulthood by teaching them skills that would allow them to increase their level of development.
Finally, collective game activities were carried out so that people with special educational needs with a cognitive level could learn to play card games collectively among others to promote their socialization and transfer those learning to their context.
Meeting spaces were generated where 19 young people with special needs attended to schedule a trip carried out under the name Summer Camp by our nonprofit where they learned how to use their personal documents, prepare a list of clothes and toiletries and get to know each other as a group, identifying their tastes, interests and expectations of the trip.
Now, we are still waiting for a defined location where we can install our stimulation therapy center. Things are once again have come to a hault due to much unrest that restarted in March and with the coronavirus.
We can´t thank you all enough for your support and we will keep you updated on our progress.
Lots of love.
The Ride de Vuelta Foundation
NOAH & LUCAS