10 Jun 2019

Mirror Therapy under the Community Based Rehabilitation Program

The Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) is a program of social inclusion and rehabilitation for children with disabilities and their families. In the Nairobi slums, 5% of children under the age of 15 are disabled and live in conditions of severe marginalization regarding both social and medical perspectives. Disability not only compromises their development but marginalizes their families and often divides them. Within the CBRP framework, RUNH staff does occupational therapy in different gyms inside the slums, and once per month, they take training on different topics regarding disabilities, for mothers and children involved in the program.

 

This month, the staff brought a three mirror at Baba Dogo gym, to show the mothers how to perform Mirror Therapy. The mirror helps children in visual feedback concentration, self-consciousness and limb coordination. In the case of disabilities, it is important to intervene in the first years of life to give the children more chance of improvement.