The range of needs that our students have requires different forms of rehab and education:
Students with walking disabilities, spasticity and delayed developmental milestones (like sitting) undergo therapy sessions and some of them improve to the point that they are able to participate to a greater extent in learning activities and day to day living activities.
Lacking eye and motor coordination, most of our students are unable to perform common activities of daily living: dressing, toileting, and feeding. This limits their ability to undertake and participate in learning and life skills. Therefore, we provide them with occupational therapy sessions to help them acquire and develop the necessary skills.
Students especially those with conditions like Autism are hyperactive and have a short concentration span. These students attend sensory integration sessions in our dark room outfitted with special materials like changing colours, toys, music, and touch stimulation objects. The different elements stimulate areas of their brain with damage. This stimulation has a positive impact on the performance of their daily activities as it helps them to calm down and improves their concentration and memory retention.
This is a new therapeutic area we started in July 2017. We noticed that our young students (especially those between the ages of 3 and 10 years) undergoing therapy were making efforts to articulate their first words and to communicate. It is important to note that speech therapy in Kenya is a relatively new field. A qualified Speech Language Pathologist from India trained our first Speech therapist. We now have a speech therapy room that students started using for sessions starting in the month of May 2018.