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Report August 2018

The Kangaroo Program

The Kangaroo program provides early social rehabilitation for children with special needs from 0 to 7 years.

16 children visited the group in August. Three individual diagnostic consultations were conducted. As a result, three new children started visiting the group.

We are grateful to all parents who adhered to the regime of the day and carried out all the recommendations given for the summer holidays. Thanks to this, the period of adaptation for most children went unnoticed. Some children can already boast of their achievements: K. began to speak phrases, short sentences, repeats the speaker; N. learns poetry and songs; M. had the first words (“give”, “beans”, “sand”) - but “swallows” the first sounds; A. has learned to ride a tricycle.

We are continuing to strengthen children`s physical health: we are tempered (washing feet and hands in cool water); bathing in the inflatable pool; visiting the pool in the children’s regional hospital. At the end of the month, we had “Joyful Starts”, where children actively participated in all games and contests. All children received gratitude letters.

Conducted sessions of relaxation out-of-doors using a hammock for children.

The speech therapist resumed work with the kids. Already developing an individual program of work for each child.

The music therapist has pleased everyone with a new musical program (new songs, dances and games).

We would like to express our gratitude to the Charitable Fund “Mennonite Centre” for the purchased dishwasher!

Separately, we want to say about a little joy. The program “Kangaroo” is expanding! In August, the “Florence Centre” began work on a new project “Baby Kangaroo”! The project will be implemented with Zaporizhzhya National University and Children's Integrative Complex “Kinderförderverk” (Magdeburg, Germany). According to the contract, specialist from the “Florence Centre” will conduct individual classes with children with special needs who cannot visit the day care group “Kangaroo” for various reasons.

This month, our employees were focused on advertizing a new project “Baby Kangaroo” (advertising in social networks, informing heads of preschool institutions and social services).

Classes on the program will be held from the 3rd of September on the basis of educational laboratory of social pedagogy and psychology of the University. Up to this moment, 8 preliminary consultations and 4 diagnostic consultations were conducted.




Participation in Seminars, Conferences


This month, specialists from the  “Florence Centre” had been invited to the Institute of  In-Service Training of Teachers. Our employees took part in the meeting of commission for the development of a regional resource center on  inclusion of children with special needs in society.



The Project "Territory Z" (part of the Program «Healthy Lifestyle»)


In August, work was focused on preparing and presenting lectures within the framework of the "Territory Z" project.

The trainers of the project developed new topics on the most important issues at schools: "Professional self-determination", "Bullying: stop violence", "The world of emotions".

At the end of the month, meetings were held with the administration of the participating schools of the project. Agreements on cooperation had been updated, and the themes of lectures had been discussed. It should be noted, that school’s administration is interested in subject, especially the topic of bullying.

The dates of first lessons were agreed in the meeting with the administration at one of schools.

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