Early stimulation projectEducation
Ensure the care of children aged between 6 months and 6 years, living in a precarious situation and either with disabilities or with neuropsychomotor and socio-educational delays.
Places of intervention
In Brazil, more than 9 million children aged 0 to 6 years live in very poor families, in difficult conditions which have a significant impact on the physical and mental development of children. Between 2010 and 2018, the rate of poor families in the population increased from 42% to 51% in the state of Paraíba and from 45% to 58% in the state of Ceará.
It is mainly during the first 6 years of life that the child builds up , physically, psychologically and emotionally. It is during this period that the child, with his or her entourage develops a way of “being in the world” that will condition his or her future cognitive and social development. The latter may nevertheless suffer from significant delays or disorders, as in the case of children living in very precarious situations (economic, socio-affective) or with disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders (autism, hyperactivity, etc.), etc.
These situations require early and specific care aimed both at improving the disorder and the social integration. The shortcomings and territorial limitations of current Brazilian public policies still do not guarantee appropriate identification and specific attention, depriving these children, especially those from disadvantaged families, of adequate guidance, treatment and follow-up.
Offer individual and personalised follow-up to children.
Act in close collaboration with the local specialised services in order to promote the integration of children within the structures.
Support parents in improving their knowledge, self-confidence and awareness on the stages of child development.
The project in action
- Welcome the family and diagnose the child's situation
- Set up either individual or small group monitoring to encourage the acquisition of new motor, cognitive and affective skills, etc…
- Refer children to specialised institutions and centres for specific care
- Organise social, recreational and festive activities to promote social links between families
- Provide home visits to ensure continuity of activities at home
- Facilitate thematic workshops (needs and rights of the child, health, prevention of domestic violence, etc.) with parents
- Train teams on child development, the importance of play and psychomotricity
A training for early stimulation educators recognised by the Federal University of Paraíba! A partnership has been set up with the University in order to offer early childhood educators a certified training course that is recognised by the State. This training is articulated with the Occupational Therapy Department of the University. This 60-hour training course combines theory and practice. Theoretical instruction is given by University professors and practical training takes place in the Child Development Centres set up by the project. At the end of the training, the educators receive a certificate attesting to the skills they have acquired, which they can use with various employers.
- 250 children (70% of the children followed) have regained development adapted to their age
- 25% of children with severe impairments or global behavioural disorders
- Families' self-esteem has improved
- 10 educators and early stimulation agents have been certified by the Federal University of La Paraiba