Physio

How to get your special needs kiddie to LOVE therapy

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 | 3 comments

How to get your special needs kiddie to LOVE therapy

Tummy time? Hates it. Stretches? Not fun. May is severely disabled but she is not lacking in opinions. So how do we get our kiddies who need therapy to do it, when they hate it? It takes a complete re-think of what therapy is. First, what therapy is not: It is not crammed into every free moment of the day. Children need down time too. They need time to just play (you do too!) and to let all the benefits of therapy sink in. It is not everything and anything because, hey, it can’t hurt. Yes, it can hurt if you are wasting your time and money doing something that has no proven benefit. It...

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Doctors said her son wouldn’t walk, and then this happened… (VIDEO)

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Doctors said her son wouldn’t walk, and then this happened… (VIDEO)

Debby Elnatan was told her son, Rotem, would never walk. Rotem has cerebral palsy and, like any mother, she was devastated – but she wasn’t broken. Elnatan invented a harness that would enable him to walk attached to her. Instead of the path he was meant to travel, one of severe physical impairments and eventual surgery, he grew stronger and – together – their walks increased from steps to miles, minutes to hours. This week, her invention, the Upsee was launched globally by Leckey, a company that produces equipment for disabled children. Three families strapped their...

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Tomorrow is the day I’ve been dreading

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 | 12 comments

Tomorrow is the day I’ve been dreading

Strange isn’t it – how some moments are so significant that even the most unassuming of locations – a street corner, pushing Ieuan in a stroller – sear in brilliant detail on your memory. It was at a street crossing that I received the test results, six months late, about May’s hip displacement. The crosswalk light blinked. The sharp alert to cross. The phone pressed awkwardly between my shoulder and ear. I shouted because I couldn’t hear what she was saying. I can remember all that. But, ask me where my car keys are located right now. Ask me. I dare you....

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So, did May ever walk again?

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 | 13 comments

So, did May ever walk again?

Since May took her first steps, she has continued to enjoy walking. And, okay, so she mainly goes backwards – everyone has to start somewhere. Let me set the scene. It’s World Book Day in the UK. (Is it celebrated worldwide? Who knows. Maybe it’s as global as the World Series.) May is dressed as Pippi Longstalking for her school’s celebration of everything books – my favorite kind of celebration. May is being guided across her school assembly hall by one of her teaching assistants. (SIDE NOTE: The teaching assistant is awesome. In fact, this post has highlighted...

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How happy can a half-brained beauty be? (VIDEO)

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 | 4 comments

How happy can a half-brained beauty be? (VIDEO)

Next month, May will be four years old. (Deep breath, people!) Our half-brained beauty has impressed us all with her progress since she was a baby, but what of her happiness? Frequently, people ask me how May is, and I immediately say, “She is very happy.” Many parents must wonder, at the first diagnosis, how this will be at all possible for their little one. I certainly did. If May has achieved anything in her life, it is a great amount of joy. Yes, she has her moments. But, usually they are linked to some kind of pain or illness. Given the severity of her injuries, if May is...

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