Cerebral Palsy awareness day

2018-10-17 06:01
Teachers from the Stepping Stone School and the Cerebral Palsy Association stand outside their premises with signs relating to the importance of Cerebral Palsy Day. PHOTO: byrone athman

Teachers from the Stepping Stone School and the Cerebral Palsy Association stand outside their premises with signs relating to the importance of Cerebral Palsy Day. PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE Cerebral Palsy Association and Stepping Stones School celebrated World Cerebral Palsy Day last Wednesday and Thursday by hosting an open day which focused on improving donor’s and parent’s insight into the work being done with children affected by the disorder.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood.

Population-based studies from around the world report prevalence estimates of CP ranging from 1.5 to more than four per 1 000 live births or children of a defined age range.

During the open day, donors and parents were treated to live classroom sessions highlighting the education of children affected by cerebral palsy and were also shown how the teachers of Stepping Stone were helping the children push through their disorder.

“We do our best to help our children develop in the best way possible and, if our teachers deem the child’s progress successful, they are then promoted to St Christopher’s, or any other school where there are special needs programmes,” said teacher Zoleka Ngcobo.

Principal of Stepping Stones School Irene Dugmore said that the emphasis for World Cerebral Palsy day was the six F’s around which the fundamentals of their school are based.

“We teach them about their Functions, Family, Fitness, Friends, Fun and the Future which are in conjunction with the views of the CanChild organisation.”

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