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Promoting connection, and learning of African children with ongoing behavior and learning challenges

Hunu Teletherapy

location_on Ghana
It is no secret that early and intensive intervention for autism and social communication delays reduce symptoms but African families are finding it challenging to access interventions for their children today. Hunu trains parents and teachers to support children with ongoing behavior and learning delays like autism in the home or school by combining WhatsApp, messaging, and phone calls.
Rudolph Ampofo, CEO
We want to be a companion for parents and teachers of children with ongoing behavior and learning challenges, including autism.

Rudolph Ampofo, CEO

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Innovation Overview

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Target Group
225
Children/Users
1
Country
2016
Established
For-profit
Organisation
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Updated on August 9th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

After creating and running an afterschool program for two years, it became increasingly difficult to tell parents how I could not teach their kids because of their delays. In an attempt to do something about this, I converted the afterschool program into a center-based therapy program which has now turned into a teletherapy platform.

How does your innovation work in practice?

We provide personalized training and support for parents and teachers based on each child’s unique profile and behavioral history.

1) Using simple instructional videos to teach parents how to use behavior therapy and play-based techniques to help their children grow and learn through meaningful engagements in the home.

2) Training teachers to effectively identify ongoing behavior and learning delays and create and use individualized education plans and evidence-based classroom strategies to teach children and create inclusive classrooms.

3) Matching parents and teachers with trusted and certified behavior therapists and special education professionals to have knowledgeable companions work with them to develop support and educational systems for their children through two-way communication.

How has it been spreading?

We are currently trailing our solution with 200 Ghanaian families who have delivered more than 100,000 minutes of therapy in the home or school. In addition, our case managers are currently doing about 1,200 minutes of training each week, training families and educators to help their children achieve their behavioral goals.

In the next 2 - to 3 years, through our partnership with the African Union, we plan to successfully work with the Ministry of Education in Ghana to train parents and teachers on how to use behavior therapy and special education techniques to engage and deliver learning to improve social communication and academic skills of 2,500 Ghanaian children with ongoing behavior and learning challenges and transition to mainstream schools.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

If someone wants to use our solution, all they need to do is send a message to our virtual therapy assistant Hubeta on WhatsApp, who will assist them complete a behavior assessment in 5 minutes.

Hubeta matches caregivers with a certified therapist in minutes who works with caregivers to develop a treatment plan for their children. Click the link below to start:

https://bit.ly/3GyqS49

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

July 2022
World Edtech Startup Challenge Semi Finalist
July 2022
MIT Solve Finalist
June 2022
MIT Solve Semi Finalist
May 2022
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
January 2022
Schmidt Futures Impact Venture Competition Finalist
December 2021
African Union Innovating Education in Africa 2021 Winner
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