News From Darjeeling
Sparsh- Helps Families and Children with Disabilities
This month Shanti International would like to share some of the work that doctors and specialists from Sparsh carry out, as they can greatly affect local families and children. The Sparsh team were asked by the concerned parents of daughter Smita, who has severe Cerebal Palsy to travel to their home.
The living conditions of the family are poor as both parents are out at work every day leaving Smita to the care of her Grandparents. Smita’s health is deteriorating and has another disability affecting her body causing severe physical immobility. All her limbs are in a flexed position and she cannot sit, roll, or communicate without support. After assessing Smita’s abilities, Sparsh were able to identify her needs and provide a plan with the family for her care at home. They advised that the Grandparents travel to the Sparsh Centre so they could learn how to ease her disabilities and teach Smita basic child developments such as, proper positioning, being outside and exposed to her environment, toileting, feeding, and communication.
The meeting provided a life changing opportunity for Smita and her family as they visited the centre and were given special equipment such as chairs and tables that allow Smita to sit upright. They were also given literature and leaflets to help them gain a better understanding of Smita’s condition. We wish the family all the success in preventing Smita’s condition from deteriorating any further.