Group Leaders and Paramedical Team of White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation Complete Sensory Information Processing course.

wwycf27102021PHILIPSBURG:--- Last week, 50 group leaders and paramedical team members of the Sister Basilia Center successfully completed the 6-month course about sensory information processing. The course, given by the "Anders kijken naar kinderen" institute in the Netherlands, provided in-depth knowledge about how the senses work, how this information is processed in the brain, and the consequences when this information processing is not going well.

The Sister Basilia Center cares for clients with intellectual disabilities, ranging from Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses that may cause difficulties processing sensory information. This made the course very relevant for the staff of SBC to ensure they can match their care to the specific needs of their clients.

The White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) would like to sincerely thank the trainers of "Anders kijken naar kinderen" for their high-quality course and the Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben -, specifically the Kansfonds, and the Oranje Fonds, for making this course possible with their generous donation.

The course consisted of two parts over a period of 6 months. The first part was mainly theoretical, where the participants learned to create a sensory profile of the clients they care for. This means that the clients' sensory area preferences and aversions are documented to understand someone's behavior better. By documenting this carefully for each client, all staff can follow the same approach regarding behavior that may be caused by problems in processing sensory information. The sensory profile can also be used to stimulate learning (self help) skills, by applying the preferences of the client in the teaching materials, learning will go easier.
The second more practical part of the course focused on the link between the sensory profile and treatment. The paramedics, in particular, were given tools to properly map out the client, in consultation with the group leaders and/or parents, and approach and resolve a request for help in this way. For example, if a child does not want to brush his teeth, you can look at the processing of the various sensory inputs (sensation in your mouth, taste of toothpaste, hardness of the brush, etc.) and from there look for a solution. In the coming months, the knowledge and feedback will be discussed to be anchored in the care approach of both group leaders and paramedics.

The WYCCF always aims to improve the quality of its care and continuously offers learning opportunities for all employees. The completion of this course contributes to the vision of the WYCCF: to deliver sustainable trusted care by identifying and fulfilling prevention, cure, and care needs on Sint Maarten, for our residents and those of surrounding islands.

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