(Written by: Kabi Kridge)

What is the RTTP?

Residential – Therapy & – Training – Programme

Children, together with their primary caregiver come to our Johannesburg Therapy and Training centre for two weeks. They stay onsite and follow a daily programme where the children receive therapy and their caregivers are taught how to continue helping their child when they return home.

How does the RTTP fit into Malamulele Onward as a whole?

(Written by: Lydia Ngwana)

Here is a story about two moms and their children who came to MO not knowing what was wrong with their children, why they aren’t moving and speaking like other children or how to help them. Daylon and Noluthando and their moms spent two weeks with the MO team attending the Residential Therapy and Training Programme (RTTP).

Each year Malamulele Onward runs several courses on Cerebral Palsy for therapists. These courses are very practical in nature and provide therapists with an idea of where to start when addressing the complex difficulties associated with CP. On average, less than 40% of the community service therapists attending our courses have handled a child with CP during their undergraduate training. Thus, our courses start with the basics when it comes to providing essential classification and handling skills.

All caregivers of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) have a story tell. Unfortunately for most, this story begins with years of confusion, isolation and self-blame, where only the lucky ones may have the opportunity to enter a place of acceptance and understanding that will allow them to have a positive future with their child. In 2011 Malamulele Onward began to understand the significance that a caregiver’s story has on the outcome for their child and so the Carer-2-Carer Training Programme was born.

(Written by: Dr. Gillian Saloojee)

One of the saddest sights I have seen this year happened on my recent trip to our sites in the Eastern Cape – the once vibrant rehab department at Isilimela now a storeroom. The therapists have left, not because they wanted to, but because there are no permanent posts on the hospital staff establishment.

(written by: Gabi Smith)

In the last two weeks of February, a trusty Ford Ranger became my new home as I drove over 3,700km in my work as an occupational therapist for Malamulele Onward.

Driving these distances isn’t a normal expectation when one trains as an OT, but what Malamulele Onward does for children with disabilities in rural areas isn’t quite the norm either.

With the passing of Human Rights Day wednesday, this week being National Water Week and today being #FunFriday here at Malamulele Onward we had a look at how all this links together and more importantly how this impacts the children and families whom we work with. We are thankful to Rand Water for providing us at Malamulele Onward in Johannesburg, Gauteng with access to safe drinking water, but this is not the case for many of the families we work with.

StatsSA indicated that in 2011, that there were just under 3 million people living with disabilities in South Africa1. With 7.5% of the total population recognised as having a disability, we really should be experts at inclusion, integration and just letting people be people and all getting on with our lives.

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