The Templer Foundation: Erin’s Light; An Early Intervention Program
What Is Erin’s Light?
Erin is a real person. She is the root and inspiration behind every early intervention project around the world that is funded by the Templer Foundation. Erin’s Light represents humanity, strength, community, love, and global alliance to create real change in countries where early intervention and detection resources are limited. The intervention program is a global initiative that assists families financially and educationally in their communities by empowering parents, guardians, and caregivers to spread awareness and allevite the stigmatization of children with learning disabilities in families who live in rural communities all over the world.
What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention is a range of services that helps children with developmental delays or disabilities.
Early Intervention focuses on helping children have full, wholesome lives that will enable them to learn the basic and new skills that typically develop during the first few years of life, such as:
- cognitive (thinking ability, learning new skills)
- communication (listening, speaking, hearing)
- physical (walking, crawling)
- social (feelings and building relationships)
- Independent (dressing oneself, lifting on own).
Why Early Intervention?
A child’s early years of development are the most critical and act as the basis for the future gaining of skills. Early identification of a child with a disability or a child who is not developing at a characteristic rate needs intervention. Early detection or intervention services may prevent further delays/deficits and lessen the effects of an existing disability. The Templer Foundation strongly believes that every journey begins with the first step at high quality early intervention services; services that can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities around the world. In addition, The Templer Foundation has launched Early Intervention programs globally, in efforts to increase the awareness of children and/ or families with disabilities and educate parents on the early detection and path to intervention.
Who is eligible for early intervention?
Any child, infant, toddler or young adult struggling with basic learning is eligible for early intervention.
Early intervention programs?
Currently, The Templer Foundation is focused in launching programs in underdeveloped countries, specifically those in which access to professional services are limited.
Since 2015, The Templer Foundation has funded Erin’s Light Early Intervention programs in many areas of Harare, Epworth, Metabeleland, Midlands and Manicaland. To date, Erin’s Light has touched the lives of thousands of families with children who struggle with cognitive and physical disabilities.
Since 2016, The Templer Foundation has launched several Early Intervention programs in Nicaragua. The areas of Juigalpa, Cristo de Jesus and Chontales. To date, Erin’s Light has touched the lives of thousands of families with children who struggle with cognitive and physical disabilities.
The project’s vision of success:
1. Motivating for positive behavior change. The Social and community discussions formed an effective interpersonal communication platform that resulted in enhanced dialogue and debate around early detection using the activities in the guide.
The Templer Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our primary purpose is to provide financial and practical support to people in need.
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