A) TRAINING OF PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
SEP believes in developing and strengthening the skills, abilities, processes and resources that are a requisite when working with children with special needs. SEP therefore organizes regular workshops on specific topics and therapy interventions related to the differing needs; targeting therapists, parents, teachers and caregivers.
SEP organises trans-disciplinary training services that target all the professionals within the organisation, with the aim of improving their knowledge, skills and abilities, emphasizing equal partnership with the parents, and building on a child-centred approach. Once a year, SEP helds a two weeks trans-disciplinary workshop for its new intern members.
B) EARLY INTERVENTION CONSULTATIONS
SEP organizes Early Intervention Consultations, with a multi-disciplinary team of SEP members available to see children and parents. SEP advocates supporting families in caring for their children, therefore during the consultations, parents or caregivers receive information that helps them to better understand the condition of their child, and they obtain advice on how to deal with the challenges at home.
C) SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS AND INSTITUTIONS
SEP provides adapted furniture and therapy equipment, using locally available materials. Educational materials and toys are made in active participation with those involved in the daily interaction with the children. These educational materials and toys are made from affordable and recycled materials whenever possible and adapted to the specific needs of the children.
On request visits to community based groups, schools, children homes, and centres, are organized to offer training and technical assistance to the Therapists, Teachers, Parents and Caregivers and to monitor implementation of the learned skills.
D) CREATING AWARENESS
SEP has also been involved in creating awareness on specific conditions and has so far published and widely distributed 7 brochures in both English and Kiswahili (Introducing SEP, Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Communication Disorder, Stammering, and Learning Difficulties).
Awareness campaigns on different topics are also arranged through the use of local media and presentations during public events in liaison with other stakeholders.
SEP charges fees for consultancy services, facilitating trainings and provision of adapted equipment. There is a scaled fee structure for community based organizations, individuals, national organizations and international based organizations.
Early Intervention Consultations at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital – 300/=
Workshops held at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital – Muthaiga – 600/=