Tuesday, November 24, 2015

From our files | Adi, 4

Hydrotherapy (Illustrative image)
Adi is 4 and has severe cerebral palsy. (Many of the children, probably most, in the Malki Foundation's programs, have CP, often with an additional set of challenges.) She lives with a foster family who applied to the Malki Foundation's Therapies at Home program, and were given support, for hydrotherapy.

The report from her foster mother in May 2015 emphasizes how much Adi loves her hydrotherapy sessions at the pool. Her therapist is impressed with how much she enjoys them and by the effort the little girl puts in. The report says: "Mother feels that the water is very helpful to her and she will go to any amount of trouble to take the child to therapy as is it clear that there is benefit for the child.  As Adi is very disabled and the therapy so helpful, the mother would be pleased to have two sessions a week, especially as the doctors recommend this."

From the November 2015 follow-up: Adi's mother again expands on how relaxed and happy the child is when she's in the water; how the water enables her to do things that she cannot do when outside the water. They (therapist and mother) see now that Adi can make walking movements in the water so they know she has the ability. On that basis, the family are entitled to receive a special walking device to help encourage Adi's efforts at walking.

Between January and May 2015, the family received Malki Foundation support that enabled 17 hydrotherapy sessions. That rate will now rise as Adi moves to two sessions a week.

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The Malki Foundation's Therapies at Home program (here) has enabled many thousands of therapy sessions for families in Israel whose needs are nominally met via the conventional government channels or in the framework of their child's education. None of these therapy sessions would have happened if the families had to rely only what the government and the health funds provide. Our work makes a positive difference for hundreds of families and the children with special needs whom they love. 

(Though the facts and figures are always true and correct, children's names used in these published file reports are always fictitious in order to protect the privacy of the child and the family.)

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