Sian by her Mother
Severe spastic Quadriplegia
Sian was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy when just a few months old. Her muscle tone was very high and she had constantly straight arms and clenched fists and was a very unhappy baby. It was impossible for her to lie down on the floor without assistance and her high muscle tone made it difficult to dress her.
TST Brings head and arm control
Sian started at Advance shortly after her first birthday; as a result she has developed very good head control. She is now able to bend and raise her arms and open her hands where as before they were stiff and she had no control over them.
Her whole trunk control has developed considerably and she can turn her head and begin to follow with her eyes.When we started Linda explained that the key to human development lay in the development of the diaphragm (a muscle rarely shown in images of the body).
A more fullfilled life
Two years down the road Sian is continuing to develop more control over her body, she weight bears on her legs and has developed core strength. She is also a much happier child, enjoying her time on the floor and now showing an increased range of sounds coupled with greater control of her tongue.
Her school was surprised to find that she eats real food (not pureed) also being surprised that she also drinks well from an ordinary cup.
A much happier child
Although there is a long journey still ahead of us Advance has moved us much further already than was ever offered by her paediatric team.Advance offers Sian the opportunity of a much more independent and fulfilled life than she might otherwise have had.