|Little girl in a walker, not Noni|
(for illustration purposes only)
It's important to note that none of these therapy sessions would have been possible under the rules of government aid and health fund (Kupat Holim) policies. The support of the Malki Foundation for families of children with serious disabilities kicks in only after the family has sought, and used up, their entitlement to co-funding from those government-mandated sources.
In a May 2015 update report, Noni's mother told us they are doing all they can to move the child’s body. Therapy is very helpful particularly in helping to strengthen her little body. The sessions are also valuable in “teaching” Noni’s body new things that are going to be helpful in life. The result is she can now sit and stand for a longer time and with greater ease. The mother feels it is very important to continue with as much therapy as possible. (Our experience is that parents who are strongly committed to their child's therapies will ensure the child extracts maximum benefit from them. Attitude is everything.)
November 2015: Noni's mother reports with quiet optimism that there continues to be slow but steady progress. In particular, the therapies enabled by Malki Foundation support are strengthening Noni’s muscles - a significant matter for a child who does not yet sit or stand independently. The largest achievement so far is that, thanks to the therapies and (naturally) with a great deal of encouragement and help, Noni can now take several steps at a time while attached to her walker. Horse-riding therapy is helping with strengthening the child's back muscles, making it possible for Noni to sit for longer stretches of time.