Children with Disabilities

Specialist therapies, pre-school education and family support

In Romania many children with disabilities are unable to access mainstream education. FARA Charity offers a lifeline to families who would otherwise be isolated and unable to access support for their children and themselves.

Our therapy centres work with families to improve the children’s abilities and support them with their care and development so many can attend mainstream kindergarten and school. FARA Charity collaborates with schools to ensure understanding and support continues for the children in their school lives.

FARA Charity runs three therapy centres for children, one in Bucharest and two in the north east of Romania in the Suceava district. Each centre provides, free of charge, therapy and care for children with disabilities from poor families. The centres care for up to 160 children a week, providing physio, speech and sensory therapies for children with a range of disabilities including children on the autistic spectrum.

Our services and therapies are adapted to each child's needs and can include: group activities, one-to-one educational activities, socialising, art therapy, sensory therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy and family guidance support.

Thanks to the outstanding results obtained by FARA's specialist staff, our therapy centres are gaining an enviable reputation with increasingly more parents requesting support for their children. We work with the universities and have physiotherapy students on placement learning from our skilled teams of therapists, ensuring the high standards of care modelled at our centres continue to develop and spread to other areas of the care system.

To continue providing such a vital resource to the most deprived in Romania and give children every chance of a fulfilled life with their families we really need your support. There is a long waiting list for those who require our help. We need more funds to bring these services to many more children.

Children with disabilities have limited access to preschool facilities and drop out of school twice as often as other children.EC Country Report 2019

Unfortunately, children with disabilities are almost invisible in our society.
Cristiana Irimia, a Kinetotherapist
FARA Emanuel Therapy Centre

Crucial Support for Mother and Child

Marius’ mother bought him to the Emanuel Therapy Centre in Suceava when he was just two years old, his disabilities, severe developmental delay and paralysis, were more than she could cope with and she had nowhere else to turn.

After meeting with the specialist team, a personalised intervention plan was designed to help Marius, with the hope that he would eventually be able attend a regular kindergarten.

Marius’ work began with physio therapy and he made good progress. The FARA staff organised appointments with specialist doctors to help build on these improvements. FARA has helped transform his life through giving him access to swimming, horse riding and experiences he otherwise wouldn’t be able to receive, nurturing his psychological, physical and emotional well-being.

Marius’ mother has played a constant role throughout his therapy, taking part in the activities and learning on how best to help her son at home. Marius’ mother found the parent-support groups at the centre vital, these groups help parents cope with the stresses and strains of parenting a disabled child and support them in making difficult decisions.

Marius is now 5 and is able to attend the local kindergarten, and his mother is still very involved in supporting him on his journey. He and his mother continue to attend the centre for therapy sessions, enabling them both to have more fulfilled lives.

Marius’ story is true, however his name has been changed to protect his privacy.

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