The trainings were adopted from the World Health Organization’s Parent Skills Training Programme for Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disorders, an ongoing initiative that Reichow has been working on since its inception in 2013. The program consists of nine group sessions and three home visits for the families. Content is delivered through modeling and guided practice during the group sessions, as well as targeted coaching of parent-child interactions during home visits.
The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Reichow, Behnke and Patricia Snyder, director of the Anita Zucker Center and the David Lawrence Jr., Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies. The project team enlisted the assistance of a project manager in Zambia and a core local adaptation team that includes a physiotherapist, clinic administrator, medical advocate, retired nurse, and a representative from the district medical office.
The next step for Reichow, Behnke, and Snyder is to begin to work on the implementation phase of the project, when six to eight Kalomo caregivers are trained by local facilitators from the adaptation team.
“Our goal is to create a sustainable program in areas that don’t have access to specialist trainers,” said Reichow. “This work is at the core of the Anita Zucker Center’s mission: to help young children and their families, especially those with vulnerabilities — no matter where they live.”