The trans-disciplinary approach is a framework for allowing members of an educational and therapy team to contribute knowledge and skills, collaborate with other members, and collectively determine the services that most would benefit a child. This approach integrates a child’s developmental needs across the major developmental domains and involves a greater degree of collaboration than others.
Trans-disciplinary approach can successfully be used in Kenya to overcome manpower shortage especially in some fields e.g. speech therapy. Within this model, members of various professional disciplines work together at all levels. Family members are also active participants rather than passive recipients of information and intervention.
It is in this regard that every year, SEP organises practical trans-disciplinary training services, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and abilities, emphasizing equal partnership with the parents, and building on a child-centred approach.
Topics covered in the training included: assessments; functional goal setting; CP classification; handling and positioning; passive techniques; stretching; adapted therapy equipment design; case studies; feeding; play; autism; communication; behaviour modification; and sensory integration.
The last two weeks trans-disciplinary training was held in November 2016 for five physiotherapists, six occupational therapists and four special needs teachers all newly recruited intern members of the organisation.
Some of the interns will now be allocated to various projects in the slums of Nairobi to gain more practical experience under the supervision of full members.