CDGC re­ceives 20 foot con­tainer of do­nated pae­di­atric equip­ment

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Child Devel­op­ment and Guid­ance Cen­tre, (CDGC) was es­tab­lished in 1998. It is a reg­is­tered non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in St. Lu­cia. Its mission is to pro­vide early health care in­ter­ven­tion to as­sist chil­dren with de­vel­op­men­tal de­lays to de­velop to their fullest po­ten­tial.

This is achieved by in­vest­ing in early di­ag­no­sis, ther­a­peu­tic in­ter­ven­tion and fam­ily coun­selling thereby en­hanc­ing ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. Th­ese ser­vices are of­fered to chil­dren from birth to the age of six­teen years by a multi-dis­ci­plinary team com­pris­ing a pae­di­a­tri­cian, a psy­chol­o­gist and ther­a­pists in­clud­ing speech and lan­guage ther­apy (SLT), phys­io­ther­apy (PT) and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy (OT). It is the only fa­cil­ity that pro­vides this com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice for St. Lu­cian chil­dren.

In the last 15 years, over 1,250 chil­dren have been as­sessed and have re­ceived some form of ther­apy. Spe­cific di­ag­noses in­clude: cere­bral palsy, autism spec­trum dis­or­der, Down’s syn­drome, peri­na­tal as­phyxia, gross mo­tor prob­lems, sen­sory pro­cess­ing prob­lems, cog­ni­tive de­lay and many oth­ers. How­ever, there are many chil­dren who are not re­ferred or who do not ac­cess the health care ser­vices that are needed for them to reach their full po­ten­tial.

In Novem­ber of 2014, a pae­di­atric phys­io­ther­a­pist and for­mer vol­un­teer at CDGC, Judy Fuller­ton, re­turned to St Lu­cia on va­ca­tion. Over the last year she had very gra­ciously col­lected gen­tly-used do­nated equip­ment, toys, books and other items from all over the UK. She had also raised funds to pur­chase a 20 foot con­tainer, fill it with all th­ese do­nated items and ship it to St. Lu­cia. With the help of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, du­ties and taxes were waived. To date 20 chil­dren have been pro­vided with spe­cialised chairs, stand­ing frames, walk­ers and strollers.

The CDGC, as well as the dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, is very grate­ful for this do­na­tion which will greatly im­prove the lives of the chil­dren and en­able them to make fur­ther progress in their devel­op­ment.

Judy Fuller­ton vol­un­teers

at CDGC.

Khalil all smiles thanks to

the CDGC as­si­tance.

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