This week (2nd – 5th May) we are celebrating the incredible, life-changing work of our therapists as part of our Whizz-Kidz Therapists Week.
To mark this week, we’ve produced a series of short films highlighting the amazing work our therapists do with disabled children and young people across the UK.
Helen Braden, a Senior Mobility Therapist at Whizz-Kidz, features in one of the films. A member of the team here at Whizz-Kidz for five years, Helen is a physiotherapist with a background in children’s physiotherapy. In the film she says:
“I’ve been working for Whizz-Kidz for over five years now; I remember I did two chairs in a day on my first day, and it was quite an eye opener to see what a difference a piece of equipment could make to a young person’s lives and their family’s life.
“I think most families want to know that you have some knowledge of their situation; that you understand the young person’s condition; what they’ve been through, what other treatments they’re having, and how the equipment you’re providing will fit into their whole life. It’s really important they feel fully involved, that they’re put at ease, and you communicate with both the child and the parents.
“It has a huge impact on the young person – getting that chair right for their needs. When it’s just right you suddenly see them able to do things immediately that they couldn’t do before: you can see the loon on their face; they’re comfortable, they’re independent, and they’re faster. They can keep up with their friends.
“If you’re the family of a young person with a disability – do get in touch with us.”
Providing mobility equipment is the very heart of our work at Whizz-Kidz, and in 2016 alone we were able to support nearly 1,100 children and young people across the UK with essential mobility equipment. Through our Child in a Chair in a Day programme, in vast majority of routine cases, our beneficiaries received their mobility equipment on the day of their assessment.
What’s more, our ‘man in a van’ programme supports young people and their families near to where they live, with our engineers travelling more than 50 thousand miles in 2016 to provide clinical support to our young people.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Whizz-Kidz’s clinical services, or you think your child would benefit from Whizz-Kidz equipment, click here.