SLYCAN Trust organised a day of assessments for children with special needs in Hikkaduwa as part of its project titled Give a Voice. The project aims to provide assessments of communication skills to children with special needs (autistic, children with down syndrome), free therapy sessions for children with special needs from families with financial difficulties, empower children with special needs through skills development.
The activities were conducted as part of an on going process of providing communication therapy for children whose needs have been assessed.
“Children with special needs are often ignored, and their needs are not effectively addressed due to different reasons. In some cases, the existing education and health systems do not facilitate identifying their needs at an early stage, or provide necessary resources to ensure that they are integrated into society and the education system. Through the Give a Voice initiative, SLYCAN Trust aims to contribute to bridging the existing resource and awareness gaps to address the communication needs of children with autism and down syndrome,” said Executive Director Vositha Wijenayake.