The Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) is a registered Non-Profit Organisation #13986 and a Charity #371. The More Than Words programme is a caregiver training program developed at the Hanen Centre in Toronto, Canada which is being delivered through the Barbados Council for the Disabled.
In December 2007, Sue McMillan a Speech Language Pathologist with 15 years’ experience partnered with the Barbados Council for the Disabled to provide direct therapy and individual and group based caregiver training to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Trust’s donation provided the More Than Words programme with the opportunity to enlighten parents, caregivers and teachers on how to become the primary facilitator of their child’s communication and language development, thereby maximising the child’s opportunities to develop communication skills in everyday situations. More Than Words addresses the needs of both non-verbal and verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders is on the rise making this programme crucial as it teaches families and caregivers how to communicate with Autistic children.