The ‘Learning through Play’ programme is intended to stimulate early child development. The central feature of the programme is a pictorial calendar devised for parents, depicting eight successive stages of child development from birth to 3 years, with illustrations of parent-child play and other activities that promote parental involvement, learning, and attachment. In each stage, five key areas of child development are depicted: sense of self, physical, relationships, understanding, and communication. Information about each area is written in simple, low-literacy language, with accompanying pictures that act as visual cues.
The programme can be carried out by a variety of non-specialist staff (e.g., health workers, day care workers, lay home visitors) after appropriate training. The programme can be delivered in a variety of formats with individual parents or groups of parents. The ‘Learning Through Play’ calendar is a relatively inexpensive and simple tool that relies minimally on the literacy of the parents.
Thinking Healthy Programme: The intervention Thinking Healthy Program adopts ‘here and now’ problem-solving approach. It uses cognitive behaviour therapy techniques of active listening, changing negative thinking, collaboration with the family, guided discovery (i.e., style of questioning to both gently probe for family’s health beliefs and to stimulate alternative ideas), and homework (i.e. trying things out between sessions, putting what has been learned into practice), while educating them about depression symptoms, correlates and management, social support and in practical advice on using healthcare. So this two-pronged psychosocial intervention will help mothers to cope up with their depression and provide the information and strategies that they need to foster their children’s health and development.
The LTP Plus program will be delivered over a three months period weekly. Each session will range from 60-90 minutes after the baseline assessment.