This month of May, let us celebrate the magical healing power of rehabilitation services and professionals who help patients and Children with disabilities to set and achieve their goals every day.
Therapeutic rehabilitation provides life changing treatment for millions of Individuals, by helping to minimize physical and cognitive disabilities, overcome limb stiffness and illnesses.
As a result of the Covid-19 induced lockdown, many initiatives like homeschooling to foster learning and wellness of children have been put in place both online and physical classes. However, Children living with disabilities especially those in the slums and rural hard to reach areas have been left out in terms of cost and access to basic rehabilitation services like physiotherapy and occupational therapy treatment, since their parents are not empowered to do it by themselves.
Following a couple of phone calls from many caretakers of Children living with disabilities, we learnt that their health had deteriorated, This has Increasingly happened due to Covid19 shocks and World Health Organization regulations which forced parents to limit their Children from moving freely, play outside and with neighbors. Their access to rehabilitation services was limited due to ban on public transport, those that had learnt how to walk by themselves needed walkers to stand up and walk again, those who had learnt to speak retarded since their interaction with speech and Physio therapists was limited. Lack of Access to therapeutic rehabilitation has led to a major setback.
In the month of April, we carried out door to door visits to some of these Children`s homes availing them with Physio and occupational therapy services like massage, Cardio Vascular exercise, General Stretch bends and Play with a goal to strengthen their limbs and navigate the world on their own. We did this alongside their parents so that they can learn and do it on their own.
Tremendous results have been achieved where by five children are back on their feet to walk again, stiff limbs are have relaxed and more children are yet too.
Parenting is not an easy role for everyone but for Parents with Children living with disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, and Cerebral palsy it is extremely harder, they need a little cheer up :-) To let them know they are appreciated for playing this great role support.
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