For 6 year old Milly, who has Downs Syndrome, faltering growth and a visual impairment, the MOVE Programme has been truly life changing. Here, Milly’s mother Jo tells their story:

"Before Milly started on The MOVE Programme, her overall mobility was very limited; she couldn’t walk unaided, she could only stand for a few seconds and her muscle tone was very poor. Reaching basic milestones was challenging and we weren’t sure if she would ever walk or stand properly.

However, once Milly began The MOVE Programme, we instantly saw a dramatic change, not only in her posture and strength, but also her muscle development. Most of all her confidence grew, which gave her the ability to learn, play and interact with her sisters at home and her peers at school.

I can honestly say every moment of every milestone has been overwhelming. In all aspects of her life, Milly has gained so much from The MOVE Programme; from being able to sit and be seated, to walk with support, then walk unaided, and now moving onto stairs & steps. Milly can walk into school, walk out in the Christmas play and she loves the fact that she can do it! She is now a more vocal and independent child.

I cannot begin to express how much this has positively impacted our lives; it’s something that we thought may not have been within our reach. It seems so easy to say eventually it would happen, but for us it was uncertain and we were fearful of not having the right help and direction. Of course, we do our best as parents at home, but the using the MOVE Programme at school is the reason our daughter is able to be free in life, music and movement. I cannot thank the staff at Perseid School enough. I am forever indebted to them for their hard work and dedication."

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