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Magic carpet a fun ride for children with Cerebral Palsy

Six-year-old Eadie Ross first began to display delays in her gross motor skills at eight-months-old.

She was referred to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance centre in Croudace Bay just after her first birthday.

With help from the team there, Eadie has since learnt to crawl, stand and walk.

World Cerebral Palsy Day, which was marked yesterday (Tuesday 6 October), encourages those with the condition and the organisations that support them to show how they adapt every day.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance physiotherapist, Anna Mills, said Eadie’s next goal is to improve her balance.

That’s being made possible thanks to a recent grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation for a new and innovative technology called The Magic Carpet.

“Our Magic Carpet provides a controlled environment for Eadie to build her reactive balance, and takes away some crucial risk factors, which allows her to react within her own means,” Ms Mills explained. 

“We’re challenging Eadie and pushing her outside of her comfort zone so often in her therapy sessions that Eadie will fall over at times, but she never hesitates to get back up and keep going, and that’s what I love about working with her.

“Children with Cerebral Palsy have countless appointments and it’s really important to us that they are excited to walk through our doors. 

“The Magic Carpet is by far the most popular activity at our centre – our children jump up and down and scream with excitement when they know they’re booked in to use the Magic Carpet and often can’t wait to show their families.

“It’s really heart-warming to see.”  

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair, Jennifer Leslie, said it was proud of what its partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance had achieved over the past 10 years. 

“Since our first grant to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2010, the Charitable Foundation has helped to bring specialised treatment and technology to children and families with Cerebral Palsy throughout regional NSW,” Ms Leslie said. 

“The biggest barrier for families of children with Cerebral Palsy outside capital cities is access to specialised treatment and we’re proud to provide this technology to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance throughout six of its regional centres, ensuring everyone has the same access and opportunity, regardless of where they live.”

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