The multidisciplinary SEP team provides therapeutic intervention for children with disabilities with the parents as key partners. Thanks to the financial support from eRko, SEP works every week with community-based partners in low-income neighbourhoods, currently with: Stella Cometa in Machakos, Maria Njeri Foundation in Kikuyu, German Doctors Fanaka Project, Us for All African Foundation in Kawangware and Edmund Rice Centre Nairobi in Kibera.
As the early childhood years lay the foundation for all future development, SEP promotes early intervention. Early intervention is the term used to describe the services and supports for babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Early intervention provides parents with resources, support and information to enhance their child’s development. Family-directed services are meant to help family members understand the special needs of their child and how to enhance his or her development.
These services may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and cognitive stimulation therapy based on the needs of the child and the family. Early intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges and can increase success in school and life.