An Intensive Therapy Magic Camp for children with Hemiplegia, to improve their functioning, communication skills and confidence.

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An Intensive Therapy Magic Camp for children with Hemiplegia, to improve their functioning, communication skills and self-esteem.

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For children who have hemiplegia, the brain damage has resulted in varying degrees of weakness and lack of control on one side of their body. This may mean little use of one hand, walking with a limp or poor balance. For all children, they will have some level of difficulty with everyday functional tasks. Children with hemiplegia can also have significant emotional and behavioural difficulties. As many of these children are in mainstream school, this can be isolating for them and they can experience bullying.Child doing a magic trick

Hey Presto! Our idea...

Magic Camps, developed by Breathe Arts Health Research, provide a well-researched and highly effective intensive therapy programme where children with hemiplegia can learn specially selected and scaled magic tricks designed to help them increase the use of their affected hand and arm. For this camp, renowned Magic Circle magicians will work alongside Bobath therapists, in a 1:1 setting to teach magic tricks and performing skills which will develop motor and bimanual skills and enhance confidence and self-esteem.

During the camp, he has not only improved his fine motor skills, he has also shown more confidence when dealing with his peers. His magic has enabled him to hold the attention of his friends and entertain them, and this is great for building his self esteem – more important, we believe, than improving his physical ailments.Will, father of Jack

We would like to enable a child with Hemiplegia to attend our Intensive Therapy Magic Camp at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, in collaboration with Breathe Arts Health Research, on 18th August 2014 for two weeks.

The Main Act – a typical day at the camp...

Each day will include the practicing and learning of magic tricks, theatre work such as making magician hats, waistcoats and wands and bimanual play. This will include gross motor activities such as ball games and also the preparation of a meal for lunch.

Every child will learn at least 3 tricks and will record them in their Magic Diaries to practice them at home. The home-based practice will also include a daily living task such as doing up buttons or using a knife and fork.

At the end of the 2 weeks the children will have the opportunity to present their new ‘magical skills’ in a Magic Show to friends and family at St David’s Hall, Cardiff alongside members of the Magic Circle. All new magicians will receive a Young Magician Certificate!Child doing a magic trick

Close up on Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales & Breathe Arts Health Research

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales provides children who have cerebral palsy with specialist Bobath therapy with the aim of improving their quality of life through increased function and wellbeing. Bobath trained physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech & language therapists work together to address the individual needs of each child. www.bobathwales.org

Breathe Arts Health Research is a social enterprise which designs creative approaches to healthcare that improve health outcomes for patients, staff and communities. Breathe’s work is underpinned by robust scientific research and evaluation. The scientific evidence arising from a previous Magic Camp held was recently awarded first poster prize at the European Academy of Childhood Disability. www.breathahr.org

Bring a bit of magic to a child’s life…

Learning how to perform magic tricks meant that, for the first time in his life, he could do things which his friends couldn’t even attempt to do.’ Kathy, mother of Tristan aged 8

Thanks to the camp, Jack can now feed himself with his weaker hand – something he was unable to manage previously.’ Will, father of Jack aged 9

We are amazed at how flexible his hand is and how he can use it for more every day activities. He is more confident when out and he is engaging in more social activities.’ Jayne, mother of Sam

Abracadabra! Can you make it happen? 

This crowd funding appeal will complete the funds needed to enable one child to attend the camp. We have fundraised £3,000 so far and need a further £1,176 to make this possible.

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