A nursery school in Castelldefels is taking a step forward in the sensory stimulation of children with disability.
The Ca N’Aimeric nursery school in Castelldefels (Barcelona) incorporates a multisensory classroom
The handicaps of children with pluridiscapacity in terms of learning and autonomy, or in functions such as communication and social, are clear, but now, thanks to the work of centers such as the Ca n’Aimeric nursery school ( Castelldefels) and Delta Cooperativa, its inclusion in a standardized educational environment and the benefits that are derived from them are increasingly palpable. In 2012, Delta launched La Saleta, a specialized care class for children with a disability. A space, in the words of Eva Sepúlveda, speech therapist, psychomotor and partner of Delta, which allows “a holistic intervention that goes beyond the sum of the therapeutic and educational part.”
CAPACITIES AND AUTONOMY
The exchange of knowledge between the school’s educational team and the La Saleta team has allowed us to generate new experiences that always benefit the children of the center. Experiences that make it possible for “educational inclusion to cease to be a purely theoretical concept,” as Sepúlveda emphasizes. There children with multidiscipline find a therapeutic and educational service that allows “both to improve their quality of life and to develop their capabilities as much as to acquire tools that allow their relationship with peers and adaptation to the environment.” At the same time, work is being done to improve habits and routines, as well as their autonomy, “but, above all – Sepúlveda says, it allows children and their families to have the same rights as other children, as well as an educational space with the appropriate means to meet your needs. ”
How is La Saleta working?
The accompaniment that is carried out with the children that go to La Saleta is based on experimentation, sensory stimulation, relationship with peers, psychomotor activity, etc. “This, together with the activities of caring, feeding, rest, personal hygiene and recreation, make up children’s day-to-day life,” explains Eva Sepúlveda. In each activity there is always a therapeutic objective that “looks to favor its global development and that each child can access the information that comes from the environment and at the same time interact with it”, emphasizes the speech therapist and psychomotorist.
A means that makes it possible for Ca n’Aimeric to offer comprehensive and quality care that, since September, has a wider schedule. In December – and once again fruit of teamwork between the center and Delta – a new multisensory classroom was incorporated where people who have many of the sensory gates (such as children with multidiscipline) find other ways to relate With the world, feel pleasure and recognize your body. A space, Sepúlveda concludes, “motivating, dynamic and interactive to enhance its sensory stimulation.”
Ca n’Aimeric also offers parents – through La Saleta and the new multisensory classroom – the therapeutic accompaniment they need. And it is precisely that the families of the nine children with pluridiscapes that are currently attending the center are a major part of the project. This is evident from Juan Carlos, the father of Gerard, who explains that for them La Saleta has meant “a great support”, although at first, “as a result of the hardness of the adaptation process,” it cost -to decide. A thank-you also expresses Eva, mother of Laura, a girl who, now, almost three years ago, starts crawling and constructing a small phrase: “For us, it has been a key factor in the improvement of our daughter.”