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The Center for Early Child Development and has served a total of 121 children during the first half of year (27/06/2008)

The Center for Early Child Development and has made a positive balance since its launch and reports that during the first half of the year has served a total of 121 children.

This was reported by the councilman of Social Welfare, Juan Carrion Tudela, and workers who comprise the Center's professional team (social worker, speech therapist, psychologist and physiotherapist), who have offered a press conference to publicize this resource and municipal take stock of the year and a half of operation since its launch in January 2007.

Early Care, explained the center coordinator, José Antonio Romero, is defined as "the set of interventions, targeted to children 0-6 years old, the family and the environment, which aim to respond as soon as possible temporary or permanent needs presented by children with developmental disorders or who are at risk of suffering. "

For his part, Carrion Tudela, who expressed great satisfaction with the great development of the school and the good work done by all professionals who work in it, reported that during the past year, the center treated a total of 149 children / as of which 57 have completed treatment mostly for overcoming their difficulties.

Thus, said during the first half of this year, from January to June, has treated a total of 121 children, with 29 of these new cases.

This center, as the mayor explained, is to serve families and children aged 0 to 6 years who have difficulties in different areas of development, and also serves children with cognitive difficulties (with difficulty understanding or learning).

It also addresses and tracks children born prematurely.

Professionals highlighted the comprehensive care center the child and his family, which is provided from this service, because from the first contact with the center performed a family interview carefully to find the most significant data of child development and family characteristics.

After this interview was made a specific assessment by professionals in the center, which serves as a basis for initiating a specific intervention in one or more areas of development (motor, cognitive, language or social) or periodic monitoring serve to monitor the child's development.

Also carried a reminder of the activities organized by the center such as the talk about prematurity and evolutionary development, to provide information to families who live in this situation, and raise community awareness about the importance of early childhood development of children.

Other activities included the implementation of hydrotherapy, as a group activity that takes place in the municipal indoor pool, addressed to five children, with some specific needs that can be addressed through this specific therapy.

Actively participate in this activity the children's mothers, and psychomotor skills workshop, covering a total 16 children, which is working on meeting specific stimulation group activities.,

Thus, stressed that the center every time the children come from a younger age, and the difficulties are assessed and treated in a wide range from mild difficulties in development (language, motor, etc.) To others may affect more important to child development.

Thus, recalled that children often get to the center by referral from the pediatrician, the nursery, or kindergarten teachers, and in some cases referred by social services professionals.

Early Childhood Center, a municipal, reported the mayor intervenes in at least two levels, a preventive character level aims to reduce the possible impact of certain contingencies (prematurity, developmental delay, etc.) Development the child, and another level of treatment that affects those skills or abilities to stimulate the child in which it has encountered a delay or difficulty.

These services are offered at the center which is located in the Tirol area Camilleri, behind the Occupational Center, according to the councilman of Social Welfare, Juan Carrion, a service is "important and necessary to treat both children and for guidance to families. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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