Home About Us Our Services Our Team Get Involved Latest News Get In Touch Our Services SERVICE OFFERING The Association for the Sensory Disabled [ASD] provides day-care services to sensory multi-disabled children from the Breede Valley area. We also reach out to other communities in need. We provide residential services to severely disabled and/or destitute children and as such we take care of their educational, developmental and housing needs. We manage two projects: A day-care centre where sensory-disabled children are being taught and taken care of in line with their specialised needs; and A group home where sensory-disabled children are permanently housed and cared for. Day-care Centre At the day-care centre a structured routine of education and development in line with each child’s special needs, are followed daily. The children also receive physiotherapy and speech therapy weekly. The facilitators at ASD receive guidance from the students of the Stellenbosch University. Erna Rabie, a local physiotherapist is also involved in our success. Once a week she visits the centre and volunteers her time here at ASD. We are also grateful for the time that Marna De Vos, volunteers as Occupational Therapist. Our children are divided into small groups according to their needs and disabilities. We have seven therapy groups, namely Down syndrome, Autistic, cerebral palsy, ADHD and hydrocephalus children. Each child has his or her own therapy programme, which must be followed daily. Most of our children are affected by cerebral palsy and they need to have physiotherapy daily. Physiotherapists, speech and occupational therapists visit our centre weekly to ensure that each therapy programme is working for that specific child as well as to determine the changes can be made to ensure that the therapy provides for the child’s needs. ASD is a Christian institution. Every morning we start with the morning ring, where the children sing songs and we read short stories from the Bible. We teach the children the importance of hygiene and take them to the toilet to adapt from wearing diapers all the time. Our daily programme involves gross motor and fine motor exercises. The group discusses the theme of the term. Our children get to count from 1 – 10 and name the days of the week and the months. [Our themes are divided into four categories. We focus on a theme for one term to allow enough time, because of our children’s disabilities]. Out themes for the year are – Family tree Fruit The Farm Currently we are busy with the seasons of the year. During the afternoon we have a music ring with movements and story time. DEMOGRAPHICS The main target group consists of disabled children suffering from cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, untreatable hydrocephalous, autism, developmental disabilities, as well as deafness and blindness. Our children have severe intellectual disabilities and need 24hr care. The parents also benefit from support groups, initiated by ASD, to promote skills development and job creation. The greater percentage of our beneficiaries is from the Coloured community. We provide – Two healthy meals a day. Daily physiotherapy exercises A structured daily routine and program with sensory stimulation hygiene activities i.e. brushing of teeth after meals, changing of nappies, etc. Involvement of the parents or guardian in the care of their disabled child A parent support group hosted by the attending therapists. (Attending therapists hosted the Hambisela training program to train parents and staff on the special needs of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.) Provision of sensory multi-disabled children with one-on-one tuition and therapy to maximise their development and to improve these services continuously The services of an Occupational Therapist on session basis to assist us in evaluating children recently enrolled at our day-care Centre Daily transport for disabled children between their homes and the Centre, the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre and doctors and clinics as needed To take responsibility for the sustainability of the project by planning fundraising projects and mobilising the community to take ownership of community-based care such as provided by the Sean Kelly Training Centre. Group Home At the group home we deliver 24-hour care to 14 multi-disabled children. Six of the children were placed with us by the court and 8 children are from the farming areas in the Breede River Valley. Most of the children suffer from chronic diseases and must attend doctor’s appointments at the Worcester Hospital monthly. We have four permanent carers who are solely responsible for the care of these children. We are renting a building from the Institute for the Blind, where we created a special home where multi-disabled children can receive 24-hour care. The Sean Kelly Group Home is registered at the Department of Health to provide specialised residential care to 14 children. Two beds, one for girls and one for boys, are kept available for emergency relief. We provide relief care to parents of disabled children who need time to recover from illness or fatigue and burnout, by accommodating the disabled child for a period of two weeks or more. The community assisted us with the furnishing of the home, donated food and other goods. At the group home – We provide job opportunities for 5 ladies who are responsible for the care of our special children. We provide three meals per day. We provide clothing and toiletries Medical care – our children suffer from chronic diseases i.e. TB, Epilepsy and other lung diseases and are under permanent care from medical practitioners and the Worcester Hospital. Therapists donate their time pro-bono to evaluate the children and prescribe therapy. ACHIEVEMENTS The Association for the Sensory Disabled [ASD] enjoyed tremendous success over the past couple of years. The project developed from what was initially a day-care facility only, to what it is today: the only facility in the Worcester area that cares for sensory multi-disabled children, offering them sensory stimulation, physiotherapy and other activities. These activities would not have been available to them if they were lying at home in a confined space, in absolute solitude: Therapy areas have been transformed into interactive learning environments. Sensory room with special sensory stimulation programs developed Individualized programs in communication introduced Training of staff The establishment of the Sean J Kelly Group Home as a house of safety for severely multi-disabled destitute children who have nowhere else to go ASD managed to secure funding from the National Lottery to purchase a vehicle which we received on 30 November 2010. We are now able to transport our own children to and from the centre. With the funding we received from the National Lottery we can transform our therapy areas in an attractive learning environment and a source of hope for all parties involved, the children, parents and employees. The funding gave us the opportunity to improve our physiotherapy activities. Training is provided to staff in physiotherapy and occupational therapy to improve mobility and to ensure a better service to our children. Each child follows a special stimulation programme which suits his / her needs. Most of our children need one – on – one intervention. The aim of the training is to create a sustainable project that will continue long after the funding has ceased.