Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Cerebral Palsy Cymru, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all children in Wales living with cerebral palsy.
With this support, families are able to receive much needed practical advice and emotional support while caring for severely disabled children at home.
Since the lockdown began, Cerebral Palsy Cymru has been forced to close down charity shops and cancel all fundraising events, meaning they will lose hundreds of thousands of pounds over the next few months alone.
While coronavirus has had a devastating impact on funding, the charity has continued to support families in need.
The charity is responding to parents who have concerns about their baby’s development and supporting families of children living with cerebral palsy.
Children have been given virtual therapy sessions and assessment calls so they are able to develop in the comfort of their own homes.
Cerebral Palsy Cymru is also providing specialist toys to be used by children with cerebral palsy to help them communicate, and therapy benches to assist those learning to sit and stand.
One-year-old Cassie suffered a difficult birth and has trouble with eating, meaning she receives most of her nutrition through a tube to her stomach. She often gets frustrated when she is lying on her tummy and struggles to sit and to roll over.
Despite face-to-face therapy being put on hold, Cerebral Palsy Cymru has been guiding mum Elizabeth* and dad Paul* through their struggles with virtual sessions. The whole family is able to be a part of Cassie’s therapy via video link, where an Occupational Therapist can make suggestions and provide new ideas for development activities during lockdown.
Mum and Dad get to do all the playing and handling, which means they get more opportunity to try things out with the guidance of the therapist on the screen.
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*Names have been changed to protect individuals