Aruba: early childhood development and itinerant care

There is only one cluster-2 school in Aruba, called Scucha Nos. It specializes in educating children who have cochlear implants. Recently, the school has been given the responsibility to expand its services to include children with developmental language disorders as well as providing support to deaf or hard-of-hearing children who attend other schools on the island.

For these new tasks Scucha Nos, supported and represented by the Aruban foundation for hearing impaired “FEPOH”, approached Kentalis for guidance.  

Project: knowledge exchange on early intervention and itinerant care

Kentalis International Foundation has set up a “blended” project collaboration with FEPOH and Scucha Nos. This means that the project starts with Kentalis e-learning courses with online support and coaching by Kentalis experts. During the physical training in Aruba, the multidisciplinary diagnostics, the creation of action plans and the monitoring of the development of the children will be discussed in more detail. On-location training in Aruba will also serve to test the newly gained insights of the participants and develop practical skills. 

In the second phase, the main focus will be on expanding the training to a larger group and offering practical support for early guidance and itinerant service provision by local actors. This will be done through job coaching. 

FEPOH Aruba team

Project facts:

•    Timing: August 2022 - December 2023
•    Location: Netherlands (online) and Oranjestad, Aruba
•    Funded by: Stichting Vrienden van Effatha
•    Partners: FEPOH, Scucha Nos

Photos: © FEPOH