Rotary Club of Reading

Footsteps Foundation



Although a little late arriving our speaker, Maggie Davies the Manager of the Footsteps Foundation based in Dorchester, delivered a 'well worth waiting for' inspirational overview of the work of her Foundation at our meeting on Tuesday the 16th January 2018.
The Footsteps Centre specialises in the intensive rehabilitation of children and young adults with cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, epilepsy, other neurological and neuromotor disorders and undiagnosed conditions. It focuses on physical rehabilitation but also responds to the physiological needs of each child.

The 'Spider' device is a series of elastic ropes attached to an open frame which creates a 'spider's web, holding each child in their perfect postural position and enabling them to practice balancing, crawling, kneeling and standing positions, whilst concentrating on essential movements such as supporting, reaching, grasping and holding.
Developed in Poland, the 'Spider' enables therapists to carry out a full course of exercises in any chosen position.
The therapists often incorporate equipment such as trampolines, treadmills and balance boards to help stimulate the correct patterns of position and movement.
Whilst taking a firm approach, the therapists integrate a range of games and toys to encourage young children to enjoy and get the most from their therapy.
The open frame 'Spider' is currently not found anywhere else in the UK.

Maggie left us all with the thought that ,'Each and every person who supports our work helps a child with a neurological disorder take a step forward on their journey'

A truly enjoyable talk from Maggie that captivated the audience.
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