After just one year on The Move Programme from Enham Trust, Destiny’s life has been transformed forever…
In 2010, at the age of 4, Destiny started at Brookfields School, where she began The Move Programme.
When Destiny joined The Move Programme she had little sitting balance, she used hand and foot splints on her right side. She travelled in a buggy and was ‘lifted’ to transfer. Destiny would become very distressed at times where she could not communicate effectively what she wanted or where she wanted to be. She would prefer to crawl to get to where she wanted to. She is also hearing impaired and has a cochlear implant. We started working with her family on setting specific goals and introduced her to a fully supported Pacer to practice stepping. There has been no looking back!
Destiny soon gained a determination to move, to reach toys, to access the computer and smart-board at school. She began by pulling herself up to standing on items of furniture and cruising around the classroom until she was where she wanted to be, often finding her way around class mates to the computer. She was gaining the ability to make her own choices as to what she liked to do.
Now at 10 years of age, Destiny can sit on a normal class chair. She uses a Kaye Walker to walk independently or for longer distances, she will walk by holding your hand and can take independent steps across the classroom. She can take her own weight in all transfers. Destiny is now using PECS and traveling to make her request exchanges, she is also starting to use basic signing.
Destiny is becoming an independent young lady and loving it.
Listening to, and understanding the individual circumstances of, our beneficiaries is a vital component of our work; allowing us to develop plans that are both personal and relevant.
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