Kakhovskii Children’s Home was founded in 1968 for children suffering from the consequences of polio and cerebral palsy. It is the only home in Ukraine where children with extremely severe forms of disability live, study and receive treatment. Today around 129 children between the ages of 4 and 18 live in the home. The majority of them lack parental care.
Corrective and educational work and social adaptation lies at the heart of the educational process. Work with children is carried out in accordance with their ages and intellectual level. The main task is to teach the disabled child how to live with his or her disability and be useful to society. Round-the-clock care from staff and interest in the children’s problems creates an atmosphere of comfort and family warmth.
It is the only establishment in Ukraine where children with extremely severe forms of disability study and receive treatment.
Corrective and educational work and social adaptation lies at the heart of the educational process. Work with children is carried out in accordance with their ages and intellectual level. The main task is to teach the disable child how to live with his or her disability, be useful to society, and achieve self-fulfilment in later life. During a child’s stay in the home, specialists in different areas work with them. These include teachers, speech therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists. With the aim of developing the children’s creative skills the following workshops have been suitably equipped: in ‘Fantasy’ the children learn to draw using several techniques, work with plaster, and quill; in ‘Believe in yourself’ — the activities include straw inlaying, sand and semolina decoration, work with natural and waste materials; ‘Natural Fantasy’ involves growing and collecting plants. Instructors work with the children in the workshops. There are small groups for drawing, knitting, music and other activities. The children’s work is displayed annually at city, regional and national exhibitions, as well as abroad.
In the home great attention is paid to the treatment and prosthesis of the children and to preventative measures against their illnesses. A dentistry room, massage parlour, physiotherapy room and sports hall can all be found in the home. All of the children are provided with orthopaedic footwear. The children’s prosthesis and treatment is carried out for free in the Kharkiv Research Institute for the Social Protection of the Population of Ukraine.
Children have annual opportunities to spend time on the Black Sea coast, at medicinal lakes and at the river Konka. Warmth and attention create an atmosphere of comfort and family warmth.
For many children the Kakhovskii Children’s Home has become their very own home. Despite their physical disabilities, the home’s former residents actively search for further education and employment.
Early integration into modern society begins with activities in the greenhouse and workshops.
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