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Grenada

Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support

The Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support program provides 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.

New confidence

92% of parents reported feeling less overwhelmed when working with children with disabilities

Service

369 people served

Growing faith

53% of participants agreed that their faith grew as a result of attending the program support groups

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How it works

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Support groups & skills training for parents and caregivers

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.

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Skills training for schools and teachers

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.

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Assessments and accommodations

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.

"As the volunteers in the program go into homes and into schools with physical assistance for kids with special needs, they also carry with them God's word."

- Brenda W. Visiting Volunteer

"Working with special needs children has been impactful to me. I feel really fulfilled and enlightened after working with the children. It has changed my perspective as to many behaviors I would have encountered in the past."

- Donna local volunteer

 

 

Impact Results

Read out latest Impact Snapshot to see how our Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support program is helping caregivers and teachers understand how best to care for children with disabilities. 

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Volunteer with this program

We are often looking for individuals with cognitive and behavioral disability experience to bring additional skills to our local volunteers.

 

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