The government of Peru is expanding early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and we’re excited to be a part of this.
We were lucky to be at the San Manuelito School last year on the day the new PRITE (Programa de Intervencion Temprana) received notice they’d been approved as an official program site. Their director, Edith Gladys Cossio Calderon, has been a friend of ours since we first began working with San Manuelito, and the staff are all close friends and amazing educators. They have about 30 students now, with disabilities including Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, developmental delay, language delay, and social delay due to environmental factors, as well as premature babies who are at risk of having developmental delays.
We’re also involved now with the PRITE program in Huancayo, connected with the DivinaMisericordia (Divine Mercy) School there. The director, Gloria YdaRicseChavaya, was director at San Manuelito when we first went there and moved to Huancayo be assist her aging parents. She has also become our dear friend. Her program doesn’t yet have its own building but is housed in a local community center. They also serve children from birth to age two with a range of disabilities, as well as children who have experienced abuse. Parents bring children in for 45-minute sessions two or three times a week, focusing on language stimulation, motor stimulation, and social development. Their staff includes a psychologist, a physical therapist, an assistant, an administrator, and four teachers.
Both of these programs work closely with families and provide much needed services to these young children. I know from my own experience how critical this is. The early a child with a disability can receive help, the better the child will do.