Whoopsadaisy is a small, Brighton-based charity providing Conductive Education to help children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders live life as independently as possible, and reach their full potential. In 2016 we awarded £1,575 to Whoopsadaisy to offer Conductive Education therapy sessions to children with cerebral palsy.
Adam is one of the children who Whoopsadaisy has helped. Adam is four years old, has hypotonia (low muscle tone) and has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.
‘When he joined Whoopsadaisy in autumn 2013, Adam couldn’t sit on the floor or a stool unaided. During one of his first sessions the Conductor began to help him ‘walk’, moving his legs in a walking motion whilst I held him upright with the help of a stool on wheels. No-one else had ever tried it, nor been so confident that Adam should even entertain the idea of learning to walk. But Whoopsadaisy were committed from the start to helping him learn to sit, crawl, walk and become independent.
Our son went from being almost without mobility to a child that walks independently. Our family gained skills, confidence and a network of supportive friends. We feel positive and hopeful for Adam’s future and Whoopsadaisy has played a big part in this.’ (Lizbeth, Adam’s mum)
Adam recently left his Whoopsadaisy Under-fives Group to start school – his family is looking forward to taking him to Whoopsadaisy Saturday sessions.
The Whoopadaisy team is excited about taking part on our #IamABLE campaign. They said:
“We are very happy to take part in #IamABLE because at Whoopsadaisy we always focus on what children with physical disabilities are ABLE to do, rather than what they can’t do. The children in our Under-fives Groups, Saturday sessions and Holiday Clubs work hard to build their mobility, confidence and daily living skills. They also make new friends and have lots of fun!”