On the 13th of November the Assistant Clerk and I visited C potential, the Centre for children with Cerebral Palsy at Muswell Hill, North London.
This was my third visit to the Centre which, we as a Company, have supported with 2 Charity Committee grants over a number of years.
It is a visit that is always an incredibly moving and emotional experience but filled with sheer admiration for the love and care shown by the staff and the “conductors” as they are known, as they engage with the children during their group therapy session.
With Conductive Education at their core, they offer early Intervention and other services to help disabled children grow in confidence and skills so that they can achieve their potential and live as independently as possible now and in the future.
They work with babies, children and young people aged up to 18 who have movement disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, global development delay or acquired brain injury.
Many of the children also have related difficulties such as learning disabilities and difficulties with sensory processing and/or communication. They offer a range of early intervention and on the morning we visited the conductor was meeting a 6 month old baby and the parents for the first time to talk about therapy for the little one.
We were privileged to sit in, with the permission of the parents, on a session with 3 children aged between 2 and 3 years old. – a little girl and twin boys.
With the use of Conductive Education including speech, language, and music therapy, they help each child to develop their mobility, movement, sensory, communication, emotional, problem-solving and self-help skills.
The children also take an active part in the learning process, in a creative warm, supportive, fun learning environment.
Each child’s achievements are celebrated with joy by both the conductor and parents but so very obviously by the children themselves.
On each of my 3 visits I experienced such admiration for those parents in incredibly sad and trying circumstances. I also experienced the tangible love, the joy and the hope, in what is being done and achieved, and what might be achieved in the future, by the committed staff and people associated with C Potential at Muswell Hill in North London.
Note: The Charity offers so much more to those in need and I would encourage you to visit their website cpotential.org.uk to find out more about what they are doing in a wonderful way in trying circumstances and testing times.