Just think, pediatric occupational therapists, speech therapists and physical therapists go to orphanages, transitional living centers, and foster homes to teach the caregivers about developmentally appropriate activities. The therapists help the caregivers figure out a schedule to follow so each of the kids can get a good balance and variation of activity. (Singing songs, pretend play, running and swinging, playing ball, socializing with peers- things we take for granted here in our personal homes!)
Work alongside in-country caregivers to modify the environment where the kids are living. This is so important. The kids need small spaces for calming down, and big spaces for play and socializing. They need the right amount of light, noise, movement- not too much and not too little.
The caregivers in these areas are often doing their best with the resources they have, but usually don't have the education or money that we have here in the US. With this in mind, we will tread carefully and respectfully to help them nurture their beautiful children.
We are so excited about this goal.
Ethiopia Spring 2011~