The Early Development and Rehabilitation Centre in Sanmartin Ciucwas established to help children from 0 - 6 years old whose development is different.
The Centre aims to:
For the children older than 6 years we are talking about rehabilitation, in their cases the center also provides advices on social inclusion and school choice.
More than six years after first owning the building, the Early Development and Rehabilitation Centre started work in February 2011. On the first day, children were examined by a neurologist from Hungary as well as a psychologist, a special education teacher and a kineto-therapist.
Since then, the enthusiastic and ever expanding team of specialists follow a schedule to allow them to see children from all over the country who need their expert help.
Additionally, each newcomer has a psychological assessment to ascertain the child's mental and physical development. Medical, neurological and psychiatric examinations are carried out if required. The children are provided treatment based on the results of their examination.
Development can be started at any age; the chance should be given to anyone" - Dr Beatrix Pálmafy, paediatric neurologist at the Motor Rehabilitation School in Budapest. "In the case of older children, we are not talking about early development but about rehabilitation. It seems to me that Sanmartin is truly worthy to create a centre for rehabilitation because the facilities are available and the team of professionals can be formed."
The building which houses the Early Development and Rehabilitation Centre is more than 800m2 and includes gyms and a swimming pool designed to fulfil the children's needs. At the moment there are 80 children receiving treatment from the centre ranging from 4 to 15 years of age. This number is still increasing.
Most of the services are provided on an ambulatory, or outpatient, basis. We plan to be able to house on site parents and children coming from a long distance. They would undergo intensive therapy known as 'shock therapy' where during a one week residence the children would receive two or three sessions a day in physiotherapy, special educations or psychotherapy as required.
Every case is unique and presents various levels of difficulty." - Eniko Sógor, manager of the centre. The solution needed is which abilities need to be developed for the individual child. That is why we have here complex individual therapy as well as group therapy. In some cases we advise only motor therapy, in others social, emotional and cognitive therapy in the necessary combination. We also pay special attention to the parents by organising support groups, providing family therapy and giving practical advice concerning day to day problems their children encounter (self-sufficiency, education, moving towards an independent life etc).