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Our first accommodations center in Haiti named Little Hearts Home opened in 2012 and to this day provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy only to children residing in the home with paid and volunteer therapists. With growing success of the Little Hearts Home program and knowing the dire need other disabled children and their parents encounter, the foundation is gearing up to open one of the first outpatient specialized centers in Haiti to meet the of children and improve their quality of life.  opening up one of the the first outpatient specialized clinics in Haiti to meet the needs of children with disabilities to improve their quality of life.

VBF's goal in creating the outpatient specialized clinic is to give children the exposure to adaptive equipment, physical, occupational and speech therapy in order improve their quality of life and give them the chance to function independently as possible in their homes, schools and communities. 

At the heart of the specialized clinic, is its early intervention program. This program is designed to engage children from birth to age five who are suspected to have developmental delays and disabilities. The Early Intervention program supports, and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children with disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing children’s development in one or more of the following areas: physical development, adaptive equipment, occupational, and speech abilities. 

While many in the developing world believe that physical or other disabilities are voodoo related and too often subject their children to cruelty on the advised of the voodoo doctors, VBF early intervention program would help to quell the notion of voodoo’s relationship to disabilities by adequately diagnosing children and creating specified programs gear toward meeting their needs.

 

Types of early intervention

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Early intervention for children with a disability is made up of therapies and services.

Therapies – or interventions – are the programs or sessions aimed at promoting children’s development. Children can get early intervention therapies and services in many ways, including local VBF Center, at home, home via video conferencing, child care and kindergarten or in a specialist setting.

It’s targeted at each child’s individual needs. For this to happen, there need to be a diagnosis, which says what disability the child has.

Once there is a diagnosis, a VBF specialist or health provider can suggest which early intervention therapy or service might be best for the child. Depending on the needs of the child and family, early intervention might involve a therapist working with the child one on one, a therapist working together with parents or support person and the child, or a therapist working in a group session with other children.

 

Occupational Therapy

Helps with fine motor skills, play, and self-help skills like dressing and toileting.

Physiotherapy

Can help with motor skills like balance, sitting, crawling, and walking.

Speech Therapy

Can help with speech, language, eating, and drinking skills. Speech Therapy is family centered; meaning the intervention will include parent(s) and other family members to work alongside the professionals and learn how to help the child. It is flexible. It can be offered in your home as well as in other settings such as VBF Center location, school(s), and remotely. It provides the family with support and guidance. Developmentally appropriate - this means that the intervention is specially designed for children with disability; has staff who are specially trained in the intervention and services VBF provides; develops an individual plan for the child and reviews the plan regularly; tracks the child's progress with regular assessments.