The words ‘Awareness Week’ may prompt a yawn from people who don’t share a connection with the cause but for families struggling to come to terms with their child being diagnosed with a physical disability and in the dark about how or where to get help, stories which emerge during this year’s Conductive Education Awareness Week may prove to be a life line.
That’s certainly the case for the Reid family who received the shock diagnosis for their 10 month old son James of Cerebral Palsy.
“How does anyone know how to help a child with a motor disorder to learn every day basic motor skills?” asks mum Sonja. With precious little professional help or support forthcoming, it was by chance that Sonja’s mum saw TV One’s Close Up which featured another family’s story about the programme and a soon afterwards, James first visited the centre.
An educational and physical therapy programme for children with motor disorders, Conductive Education is run in nine centres around New Zealand, catering for children from a few months old through to high school.
For the Reid family there has been no turning back and they have moved from their Papamoa home up to Auckland to attend the Sandringham conductive education centre.
“We saw a steady improvement in James and experienced the incredible support, understanding and practical help that Conductive Education offers” says Sonja.
Conductive Education is a programme which originated in Hungary and the first centre opened in New Zealand after demand from parents some 20 years ago.
During Conductive Education Awareness Week (21 – 28 May), the centres will encourage families and professionals from medical and educational fields to visit and find out more about the programme improves the quality of life for children with motor disorders.
Visit www.conductive-education.org.nz for more information
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