Musikkterapeut/spesialpedagog Anne Kippenes og psykiater Solveig Kolaas har tidligere (2018 og 2019) undervist foreldre og ansatte ved Ability Bhutan Society (et dagsenter for mentalt funksjonshemmede). Fokus har vært på hva som kan gi god kontakt og fremme språkutvikling og bedre mental helse, bl.a. gjennom musikk.

 

Anne Kippenes holder fortsatt kontakt med senteret og planlegger videre veiledning og nye besøk. I 2019 skrev ABS følgende på sin hjemmeside (www.absbhutan.org):

PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFE THROUGH MUSIC

Dr. Solveig Kolaas, Psychiatrist and Ms. Anne Kippenes, Special Need teacher and music therapist from Norway visited ABS and met with parents and children and promoting music for healthy life. They presented on the pre-linguistic skills such as joint attention, imitation and turn taking that must be taught to the children so that they learn to communicate.

 

It is vital that the children experience reality. Just like how a tree needs strong rooting for the fruit to bear, similarly a child needs enough attention and proper intervention to have results. Patience is one of the skills that one need, with children with disabilities. It may look weird finding a person who talks with a baby, making faces and noises however, a child needs to be communicated even if there is no response so that the child can feel love, affection and have experience to learn language.