The Platform for Early Care and the Rights of Children with Functional Diversity (Patdi) celebrated the International Day of Early Care yesterday, with three concentrations in the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma and Arrecife demanding that minors have this necessary attention.
Early care is the set of actions aimed at the child population from 0 to 6 years old, the family and the environment, which aims to respond, as immediately as possible, to the needs of children with alterations in development with risk of suffering them, as explained by the platform.
In Spain there are more than 25,000 boys and girls, 10% of the child population, who require this type of care. In the Canary Islands, the platform estimates that the figure exceeds 9,000 minors, so most of them must be treated in private centers paid for by their families. The Canarian law proposed the creation of a public network with 11 units, three in each capital island and one in the rest. However, so far only two have been launched, one in Tenerife and the other in Gran Canaria, and they are underfunded by professionals.
Early care is essential
The intervention is essential in the first years of life, has highlighted the College of Psychology of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the occasion of the National Day of Early Care, which was commemorated with the motto No child without therapy: early care can’t wait any longer.
The National Day of Early Care is commemorated coinciding with the date on which, 21 years ago, the White Book of Early Care was presented in Madrid, which defined the regulatory regulations in Spain.
Early care was defined as “the set of actions aimed at the child population from 0 to 6 years old, the family and the environment, which aims to respond to the needs of children with developmental or developmental disorders. at risk of suffering them, and / or their families ”.
The College of Psychology emphasizes that intervention is essential in the first years of life, and adds that there are studies and numerous neurodevelopmental investigations in which the brain plasticity of the first months of life is demonstrated, in which good stimulation would allow the development of compensatory mechanisms in children with some deficits.
He points out that early childhood is the time of greatest neuronal growth, in which there is also a high capacity to acquire, assimilate, learn and recover, benefiting from adequate development and compensation of skills and abilities.
Which is why early intervention is key to stimulating and enhancing future development, adds the College of Psychology.
He explains that under the principle of universal equality and globality, early care must be available to all families who need it, to address a global and comprehensive vision of minors.
Specialized training and the configuration of a multiprofessional team that intervenes in each of the affected areas is essential, creating synergies for favorable results.
The College of Psychology recalls that in the Canary Islands the Law that regulates Early Care in the Canary Islands was approved in 2019 (LAW 12/2019, of April 25, 2019).
That law opened hope to family members and professionals who live and work with minors who have a developmental delay or disorder, all expectations were placed on the creation of resources, human, material and means to optimize early intervention, he says.
However, we continue to wait for an adequate execution of the corresponding services.
It concludes that the pandemic situation has further revealed the need for early and adequate intervention