Our objectives

What sets us apart

What We Do

— Therapy & Care

Our interdisciplinary approach is uncommon in South Africa that consists of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy until babies have an appointment at a local centre. At local clinics, therapists tend to work in isolation. At Bhabhisana babies get focused, individual input on movement, play, language stimulation and feeding in one session. Parents and babies receive a 45-minute monthly session at our therapy hub in Athlone

— Training & Support

Therapy must continue in the home for maximum developmental input. By forging a relationship with parents, we are better able to understand a family’s practical challenges: most lack the time and resources to perform activities recommended by therapists. We guide parents on how to upcycle items around the house (like boxes and packaging) and use them in a therapeutic manner, incorporate positioning into everyday activities and play with their child in a functional way.

— Holistic Approach

We adopt a holistic approach by offering emotional support to parents, many of whom have experienced a traumatic birth. Supporting the family as a whole empowers parents to be part of their baby’s development, helping them to bond with their child, which promotes development.

— Skills development

We offer capacity-building and skills development for doctors, nurses and therapists at state-run high-risk clinics (for babies who have been born prematurely or have had complicated births) in the Cape Metropole, so they’re able to identify babies with developmental issues early and provide timely intervention

— Individual Focus

The Bhabhisana Baby Project is based in the Western Cape, South Africa, and was established in August 2015 by highly skilled therapists who recognised the need to help babies who come from underserved communities with early intervention during the critical 1 000-day period.

— Ongoing Guidance

Therapy must continue in the home for maximum developmental input. By forging a relationship with parents, we are better able to understand a family’s practical challenges. We guide parents on how to upcycle items around the house (like boxes and packaging) and use them in a therapeutic manner, incorporate positioning into everyday activities and play with their child in a functional way.

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