Recreational activities give our
stars a chance to refresh and relax their minds, body and soul. They do
this by singing, dancing, painting, light therapy and music therapy. It
is amazing what these activities can do to stimulate a child even more!
We believe in only the best and the best is what you will get only at Sterreweg!
Die Sterreweg offers educational
stimulation to the children. It is not formal education as you will get
in mainstream schools but every little bit helps, even if we are just
teaching them to write their names, count or draw and name shapes. All
these things contribute to who and what they will be at the end of the
day! Educational stimulation plays a very big roll in the goal settings
of these children, so with repetition and a lot of hard work they will also be able to say one day I DID IT!
We make sure that all our children
get a well balanced meal twice a day. They have breakfast where we give
them the healthiest porridge like pro-nutro, weetbix, etc. Sometimes
even eggs for the protein and stamina they need.
At lunch time we always make sure
that our little stars get enough vegetables, and soon we'll be able to
give them some of our own produce form the vegetable garden! Throughout
the day they the children are given enough water or Rooibos tea.
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy
This is one of our most important
therapies. We have our physio and occupational therapist coming in
every tuesday for 3 hours. Physio exercises play a very important role
in the day to day living of our children. The muscles of these kids
really need everyday massages because we don't want our children to be
stiff and unconfortable. We also do refferals to hospitals as far as
George and Rooi Kruis Hospital in Cape Town.
Yearly assessments of each child
When a child wants to start at
Die Sterreweg it all begins with an assessment done by our Physio and
Occupational Therapist. If a child meets our criteria we start to
develop goal sheets for him/her. This gives the carers a better idea on
what to work on with these children.
Once a year the programmes are
reviewed and we look whether the child reached some of the goals and
where more effort is needed.
We don't expect miracles at the centre, but we do want our children to develop in their own way at their own pase.
Parents support groups and workshops
We offer parents support groups as
well as parent workshops. At these support groups and workshops we
sometimes get proffesionals such as educational psychologists or speech
and language therapists to facilitate it.
These support groups give the
parents the strenght and knowledge needed to continue their day to day
life. At the workshops we teach the parents about behavioural
management and how to deal with problems. In the future we would like
to have more of these workshops!
In the past we didn't do much
awareness campaigns and we always concentrated on Casual day in
September as our main awareness activity. We now have an awareness
programme and we plan our activities according to those special days.
Casual day is a day for people with disabilities and it will remain our
biggest awareness day of the year. Another International Disability day
is celebrated on the 3rd of December each year and we do a lot
We also have a few days listed on our programme such as:
Down Syndrome day
Cerebral Palsy week
These are just part of our awareness days and we hope to change the mindsets of people through these campaign.
We offer outreach programmes to
the children that unfortunately can't make it to the centre due to
various reasons. We go as far as the Crags and Wittedrift,
approximately 23 and 20 km from our centre.
We do inform those parents of
changes at the centre and the manager Lindelwa Mnweba goes to these
houses personally to do home visits. We support these parents with
nappies and they go to outings with the rest of the children at the
Die Sterreweg serves as a resource centre for the
community and especially for people who are involved with special needs
children. We provide advisory services to parents, offer training
sessions and workshops. If there is anyone out there that needs help
they can come to the centre and we will do our best to accomodate them.