“Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though cerebral palsy can be defined, having cerebral palsy does not define the person that has the condition”. (www.cerebralpalsy.org; 2014)
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition and each person will follow a different pathway through life. At NICE we believe in the importance of early intervention to help the child start their journey knowing what they are capable of. Conductive Education will teach the child to work on milestones of development, will celebrate success each small step of the way and guide the child into adulthood equipped with the skills they need to live the highest possible quality of life.
For our children with cerebral palsy the journey may start in the Milestone Club working with their parents to develop the basic movement skills to help with playing and interacting with their environment. Many children will then move to greater independence in our Cygnet Transition Group where they will start to link their learning into an educational environment. Once the child reaches primary school age they can join Red Boots School either as a part time or full time pupil. For some children weekly sessional services may also be appropriate.
Our services do not stop when the child reaches adulthood (adult conductive rehabilitation). Throughout life we all need help and support to develop skills along our journey. The adult with cerebral palsy is no different. Lack of activity can lead to additional health and/or orthopaedic problems, loss in independence and confidence and difficulties in being fully included in society. By working with adults we are able to support them at critical times throughout their adulthood and help them maintain the skills they have as well as building new ones to use in the future.
We know that every person has the potential to develop and learn however in order to do this they require specialised teaching. Our services deliver a fully integrated programme which can support development in areas of movement, self-care, academic studies, communication and confidence. All these factors help in developing a positive personality – a person who is secure in the knowledge of what they can do and what they can learn in life.