Early Childhood Development
FOB’s Early Childhood Development Program is centered on the education of developmental delays, the use of screening tools in communities, and the value of practical therapy methods. Studies show that the stress of poverty is a risk factor for poor brain development, and early intervention can be a child's best chance to thrive.
FOB is working with Honduran medical and development professionals, community health volunteers, teachers, and parents to increase early diagnosis of delays and support appropriate growth and development.
Program goals include integrating the use of screening tools in FOB communities and increasing their use with the ECP; referring children identified with delays for occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy through our Extended Care Program; increasing early diagnosis of developmental delays by increasing awareness in the medical community; and advancing the skills of local NICU medical professionals. Community workshops, screenings, and data collection are ongoing, and a yearly Child Development Team provides continuing education and support.