The Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support program is providing accommodations and alternate strategies to help children with cognitive disabilities and delays. The island of Grenada has limited special needs resources, so local volunteers are filling this void through tools like HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopmental Learning Efficiency) by working at special education schools with students, teachers, and parent groups. Special needs are broad, so HANDLE is used to ensure that individuals in the program are met with care and understanding.
The care and attention given to each individual allows for personalized gospel proclamation to take place, opening the door for the Holy Spirit to create and strengthen faith while developing meaningful Christian friendships that encourage faith growth.
The Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support program facilitates skills training and support groups for parents and caregivers of children with special needs on the island of Grenada. Topics range from understanding ADHD to how to lovingly discipline a child with special needs. The goal of these trainings is to teach parents and caregivers how to better communicate and interact with their child(ren) in a way that shows Jesus' love.
Teachers in Grenada don't often have experience working with children with special needs, so we work with special education schools to provide training to teachers on how to educate and work with the children in their classroom. Lessons demonstrate activities and strategies that help a teacher educate, communicate, and discipline children with special needs in productive, loving ways. All of this happens while proclaiming the gospel, and the love of Jesus is evident in all discussions.
Because special needs are broad, the program utilizes tools like HANDLE to provide personalized care to participants in the program. The care and attention given to each individual allows for meaningful gospel proclamation to take place, opening the door for the Holy Spirit to create and strengthen faith while developing Christian friendships that encourage faith growth.
Brenda is passionate about the mission of the Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support program on the island of Grenada. She played a big role in getting the program set up for success in its beginnings. When talking about her time in Grenada, she shared,