Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales is helping children across Wales affected by dysphagia (a condition that affects eating and drinking) this Swallowing Awareness Day (Wednesday 14th March 2018).
We provide specialist therapy and treatment to children across Wales living with cerebral palsy. The charity’s Speech and Language therapists help children who have dysphagia and give them the support they need to eat and drink safely. More than a third of children who have cerebral palsy have dysphagia*.
Harley Weston, aged two-and-a-half, has been visiting our Centre since he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2016. His Mum, Michelle, says Bobath Wales has made a huge difference to her son.
“When we first arrived at the Centre, Harley was quite an irritable little boy. The therapists worked really hard with him, giving us exercises to do to help him with his eating and drinking. In the last few months, he’s changed so much. He can eat an apple by himself, something he’s never been able to do before. The therapists have made such a massive difference to him and I can’t say how grateful we are as a family for their support.”
During 2016-17, 1,564 sessions of therapy occurred for children with cerebral palsy with around 400 children being treated by the specialist team, both at the Centre and through outreach sessions across Wales.
Rina, one of our Bobath Wales Speech and Language Therapists, says it’s important for people to be of aware dysphagia and how it can affect children’s lives. “We see children like Harley who have trouble with eating, drinking and swallowing regularly and we know the distressing effects it can have both on the child and their family. The therapy we provide helps to improve the quality of life of children who have cerebral palsy and we’re so proud to see the progress that Harley has made.”
If you would like to find out more about Bobath therapy and how it helps children with cerebral palsy, please visit the ‘What is Bobath Therapy?’ page.