The newly equipped and painted rehabilitation center has been a blessing to special needs children living in the community. The children can come up to three times a week and receive physical and occupational therapy in the well-equipped and spacious rehabilitation center. Many of the special needs children that are currently being seen have Cerebral Palsy while others have Down’s Syndrome, paralysis, or developmental issues.
Mission Emanuel has partnered with the Dominican Association for Rehabilitation (ADR) to offer an Early Intervention program that serves Western Santo Domingo’s children with special needs. The program provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, assistance to children with learning disabilities as well as appointments with a psychologist for children from 0 to 6 years of age. The different therapies help the children in all areas of their life. Services will also be provided to their parents and siblings to help them to cope with the unique challenges of raising a special needs child. The goal is that after the age of 6 children will be able to reach a level of functioning that will allow them to be integrated into regular schools in Santo Domingo.
In addition to the Early Intervention Program, ADR offers an Ambulatory Program for children ages 7-16 with learning disabilities or who just need a little help getting caught up to their grade level. Children come 2 to 3 times a week depending on their needs.
Both the Early Intervention Program and the Ambulatory Program are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
ME Staff: Aquilino Morillo
Marie – Learning Disabilities Specialist
Keren – Psychologist
Lucia – Evaluations of New Cases / Coordinator
Yuvelys – Physical Therapist
Odris – Occupational Therapist
Doris – Early Intervention / Stimulation Teacher