Ready for operation in September 2017, the brand new kitchen at the Sulam Early Intervention Program has been completed!
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a program available for children under the age of three who have developmental delays or disabilities. These youngsters have delays or difficulties in gross motor skills, grasping and manipulating objects, communication, language, and social skills. During this critical period of growth, Sulam offers these babies an immeasurable boost to advance their future progress.
As a specialist centre for disability, the EIP has an important role in early identification, assesment, and intervention, to support and maximize proper growth and development. In addition to the multitude of therapies and treatments offered, the EIP ensures that these babies and toddlers get the physical nourishment and energy they need.
Appropriate food consumption, healthy meals and snacks, and proper eating schedules are all part of these children’s intervention plan. Having proper nutrition is critical to physical development and an important part of preventative care. The planned nutrition program offered to each student integrates work and follow-up with parents and other community agencies to ensure that the targeted food and nutrition goals are reinforced at home.
With the new kitchen, Sulam will now easily provide it’s two hot, fresh meals in the Day Centers. The benefits of a professional and equipped kitchen are manifold. Firstly, many of the children suffer from swallowing and eating disorders, necessitating special diets and food preparation. By having their own kitchen, the prep is done according to individualized need, with no intermediaries or miscommunication. Whether it be texture, taste, or nutritional value, food is catered to each child, ensuring their optimal care. Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of children who suffer from food allergies. The kitchen staff are well versed in what is allowed or not allowed for each child and subsequently ensure the child’s safety and nutrition.
Children who struggle with disabilities have enough on their plates. Taking care of their meals and providing the right foods in a nutritious in-house environment paves the way to their development.
With the assistance of our dedicated and caring donors, at last this is possible!