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Inaugurated this morning, 21 September, at the S. Maria della Pace Center in Rome, of the Don Gnocchi Foundation, the new department that welcomes in renovated and child-friendly rooms all the Neuropsychomotricity services of the developmental age (NPI), in a single building surrounded by greenery.
A wide range of services is foreseen, in agreement with the National Health Service or in the form of private social security.
In fact, the more traditional neuropsychomotricity, speech therapy and psychomotor services are accompanied by innovative activities, such as the “Le.Pre. Read Me Soon, Read Me With ”.
The project, winner of the call from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, is the result of the collaboration between the Don Gnocchi Foundation and other realities including Asl Roma 1 and Fatebenefratelli Hospital, and is aimed at promoting the exhibition to reading aloud from birth, with particular attention to situations of neurodevelopmental risk and with personalized courses also aimed at children with deafness, with the support of a sign language interpreter.
In fact, at the Center, active since the 1990s in the headquarters in Via Maresciallo Caviglia 30 (Ponte Milvio), approximately 300 children with severe disabilities are continuously followed each year. Of these, 75% are preschoolers, between 0 and 6 years old.
They mostly come from Rome or neighboring municipalities but some also come from further afield.
To assist them, 33 operators including medical specialists in child neuropsychiatry and an orthopedic consultant, developmental neuropsychomotricity therapists, including an osteopath, speech therapists, therapists specializing in cognitive treatments, developmental psychologists and an EEG technician.
As for the pathologies, the most frequent ones refer to neurodevelopmental disorders (about 70% of interventions), including the autism spectrum, which is difficult to diagnose in younger children.
For the rest, language and learning disorders, infantile cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, severe communication disorders, sensory disturbances and in particular hearing loss are treated, rarely managed by rehabilitation facilities, with intervention methods integrated with sign language.
The Rome department is part of the department of Neuropsychiatry and rehabilitation of the developmental age, which includes the network of structures of the Don Gnocchi Foundation dedicated to the management and rehabilitation of the developmental age present in 8 Italian regions and that in the last year he followed a total of 45,502 patients from 0 to 17 years, performing 378,804 services.
Since its inauguration in 1950, “the Don Gnocchi Center in Rome has never stopped taking care of the little ones – notes Giampaolo Pierini, director of the central-southern area of the Foundation -.
The Neuropsychomotricity service, which today finds its new physical location and better suited to its function, is a flagship of our structure, able to offer services that take into account the complexity of situations – he continues -, with differentiated interventions and customized in relation to the developmental profile of the child and the needs of the family, thanks to trained, motivated operators who work in close synergy as a close-knit team ».
The style is the characteristic one of the Don Gnocchi Foundation, established almost 70 years ago by Don Carlo Gnocchi, which, thanks to a model aimed at taking global responsibility for the person, welcomes, cares for and assists the elderly and people with disabilities, including serious ones, of all age groups.
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