"Our beautiful miracle of a daughter, Teillet, has just turned 7 and each day she continues to amaze us with her unbelievable progress towards fulfilling her potential. I know without question of a doubt that our joyfully happy, insanely determined and crazily independent little girl would not have achieved a great deal of any of this progress without Conductive Education. The foundations that were laid at Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity when she was just two years old continue to be built upon each and every day and I have no idea what we would have done, or who Teillet would be, without them.
"Teillet is now walking on her own! I never thought I would write or say that and every time she takes a step we feel our hearts burst with pride. The safest way for her to make her way around is with the support of her Kaye walker, but she can absolutely walk unaided and it is both a joy and an exercise in holding our nerves to watch her do so. Her body is so much stronger from the constant physiotherapy that the Conductive Education both in school and at home provides for her and each month she does more and more that she was not "supposed" to do.
"When you first go to Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity you have no idea just how much its principles will embed themselves into every aspect of your day, but they do, and watching it work, watching the evidence of its power to change, continues to stun us, years down the line. Whether it is when she sits and feeds herself, brushes her teeth or her hair, or the multitude of things that Teillet can now do pretty much independently of us as her parents, conductive education is there behind all of it, guiding Teillet towards the girl that her brain injury tried to stop her from being.
"Teillet loves to cook, dance, swim, play dressing up, ride on her trike, shop, see her friends from school … pretty much anything your average 7 year old girl loves to do. For the past year or so we have all started our learning journey towards British Sign Language and Teillet loves nothing more than a person who can sign with her, or in the very least give it a go, thereby rendering her hearing loss yet another bar to "normal" life conquered.
"Teillet still wants to be a ballerina when she grows up, but a new found fascination with how things work is making us wonder whether her aspirations are more on the engineering side of things. Even if it looks like it absolutely cannot be taken apart, Teillet will find a way (fine motor skills developed? Tick!).
"Whatever she does, wherever she goes, all we know is that the world is Teillet's oyster and that she will continue to amaze us all. She also looks horribly keen on anything daredevil-esque, bungee jumping or parachuting are particular favourites when she sees them on her iPad or TV.... So if anyone knows how to prevent your child from discovering the occupation of "stunt woman" I'd be really grateful to hear about it?!
"When Teillet was little, all we pretty much heard the doctors say is "well she won't sit unaided.... " Or "It is unlikely that she will be able to stand...." Or "Mr and Mrs Ward, your daughter is very physically disabled...please be realistic, she will not be able to walk. Or dress herself. Or be continent. Or whatever. Now all we hear from the medical professionals in her life is "Oh my goodness! Is that Teillet?! Look at her! That's amazing!" and I know that had we not found DVLCC that this simply would not be the case."
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