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When I was a child my parents decided to become foster carers; In my opinion, fostering is probably the most caring and rewarding thing that anyone can do.

Joanna

Physical disability

A physical disability affects the mobility of children and young people and impacts their lifestyle, education and development throughout their life. In some cases a physical disability may involve other restrictions such as special dietary requirements or the need to use medical or adapted equipment.

Physical disabilities and health conditions can be classified as congenital or acquired. Congenital conditions refer to children who are born with physical difficulties or develop them soon after their birth. An acquired disability happens through injury or disease during the development of a child. The impact of the disability can depend on what age or stage of a child’s development.

Occupational therapists who specialise in paediatrics are involved with children with physical disabilities at a young age, and help find appropriate strategies to enable children to live full lives and find solutions to support them find independence at home and school at a level suitable to each person.

Physical disability – Case study

Names have been changed to protect identities.

Five years ago, Sammy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a genetic condition that causes muscles to weaken.

When Sammy moved in to one of our homes, the effects of this condition started, initially in his leg muscles before progressing to other muscle areas. The challenge for Saleem, a very energetic and adventurous young person, was to overcome the barriers of losing his mobility and relying on his electric wheelchair.

Our team has worked with occupational therapists over the last few years to help prolong Sammy’s mobility. We have benefited from many assistive tools such as splints, harnesses, walking aids as well as hydrotherapy sessions.

Soon after his 12th birthday Sammy was forced to spend much more time in his wheelchair and in preparation we had fitted H tracking to his bedroom. We managed to source a wheelchair swing for the garden and some adapted accessories for his bedroom.

Although Sammy’s condition is not going to improve, he leads a very full and active lifestyle with the support of the staff team. We have found activities Sammy enjoys, like adapted skiing, go-karting and biking. Sammy understands that his condition will deteriorate but says that feels well prepared with the support and help from our team.

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