Project information

Summer Camp 2018

To provide Conductive education camp to groups of children for 2 weeks. aged 1 year-5, 5-9, 10-17. It will focus on daily therapy up to 4 hours, where the children will learn functional physical skills so they can move towards independence. This intense camp provides trajectory development

August 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: It's My Life Trust Fund

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  • Need

    Need

    Children with neurological disabilities do not have functional skills or mobility for independence. Children with motor disabilities find it difficult to take part in regular clubs and community activities which means they have a negative view of themselves. We want to provide a fun, safe environment where the children can learn to: be more independent, take calculated risks, become resilient, not be afraid to fail and yet try again; to have a positive outlook on themselves and their future.

    Solution

    Conductive education ensures children and their carers gain skills so the children can learn to sit, toilet, crawl, step, crouch and move around independently. This takes a long process of constant practice.
    The summer activities refines these skills so over the two weeks the practice becomes everyday, which means the likelihood of it being continued in the home is increased. Joining our Summer Camp means they can enjoy themselves, making new friends and learning new skills for independence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop children and young peoples self care and physical skills towards greater independence.


    Activities

    » Running classes of Conductive education every day for 2 weeks for 3 different age groups. Through individualised programmes of rehabilitation

    What success will look like

    Conductors carefully set aims and outcomes for each child, and for the parents to continue at home to reinforce the learning process. The progress is monitored daily and noted.


    Aim 2

    To nurture growing self confidence in each child, and to overcome their hardships.


    Activities

    » We work holistically with each child. We observe the 'whole' child and understand that a happy child is more willing to take on challenging tasks.

    What success will look like

    We find that as the child becomes more at ease, (less frustrated) they start taking calculated risks; thus edging towards their goal of independence. They are more willing to try.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Conductors, children and the parents are all excited to observe and experience the progress which will be made long after the camp has finished. With targeted and repetitive tasks, new neural paths are formed in the brain as we understand neuro-plasticity. If practised these changes are life long.
    We have many case studies : childrens first sitting or first steps were achieved through the camps. We will provide case studies and video diaries.

    Risk

    Lack of funding... mean we will shorten the camp to a week having less impact on the children. Unfortunately for our charity this year our previous fundraising hadn't secured all the funds we required to run our summer camp as we have done over the last ten years. We have learned a valuable lesson to target fundraising further in to the future to avoid the problems we've had with cash flow.

    Reporting

    We can invite them to see the summer camp, send them case studies and videos. We always encourage supporters of Its My Life to visit us and fully experience how conductive education works. We can post feedback from parents on social media so donors can see how they have helped improve lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,145

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,300 lead conductor qualified teachers
      £95 craft costs equipment to make programme creative
      £1,750 assistant conductor part qualified
  • Background

    Location

    The location is based at Beths Grammar School, Bexley, which provides us with modern, clean and spacious rooms for both our conductive classes and our parents room. It is well located to appeal to families from our local communities and those wishing to travel from further afield as there is an hotel opposite. Bluewater shopping centre is not far away so families wishing to stay over for the two weeks are well catered for.

    Beneficiaries

    We expect anywhere from 15 - 20 disabled children and their siblings & parents that will benefit from our two week Summer Camp Project.
    The children and families are from a range of backgrounds; all disabled, varied ethnic backgrounds, some have low incomes. We encourage extended family/friends to come and observe if they wish so the good practices of conductive education are continued. Siblings are included in some of the craft activities so they are not left out and enjoy the Summer Camp.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we have qualified conductive teachers with 50 years of experience collectively and have a great history of demonstrating progress. The Peto method of Conductive Education is becoming ever more popular especially with the selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery for spasticity now being done on the NHS in Bristol. Our services will become even more sought after with the specialised after care they is needed for rehabilitation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Judit Nagy

    Lead conductor - Over twenty years experience of working with children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other motor impairments.

    Judit Sebok-Rose

    Conductor (twenty years experience) and Neurological Lead - she supports children with profound learning delay and understands brain imaging reports

    Deb Keam

    Lead charity trustee and programme coordinator. 10 years experience working with disabled children.