On a previous post I have explained why it is I set out to raise some money for WEIT.
About how amazing they are, and the incredible job they do on limited resources.
This week however, I am surrendering my editors rights to my lovely (incredible and beautiful) wife. Because she is the one who understands most intimately, the positive changes we have seen in Nyah and the difference that the dedicated team at WEIT make to all of the kids, who come through their doors.
So ladies and gentlemen my amazing, courageous. scintillating, captivating wife…
A little while ago, ok let’s be honest it was months, Rich asked me to write about what a session at WEIT involves. In my usual form I have been procrastinating like the procrastinator I am…. an excellent one.
There are a few reasons I’ve decided to change my ways, one of them of course is that 100k-Day is descending on us very rapidly. Nothing like a deadline to get the brain into action. The other I will get to a little further on.
So the nuts and bolts… Each session involves four kids, and four therapists, a Speech Language Therapist, Music Therapist, Physiotherapist and Early Childhood Educator. The session starts off with group music where the kids are encouraged to join in on a series of action songs aimed at developing their gross and fine motor skills. It’s a great chance for the kids to experience being in a group and learn verbal and visual cues such as waiting their turn, sharing and following instruction.
Each child (along with their parent/care giver) will then spend 15 minutes with each therapist individually. I could go into detail about each session but I think it’s enough to say the therapist develops their sessions based on the individual child’s Development Plan (mostly because I’ve been given a max word count and there is so much more to say!). These plans are discussed and decided in a meeting between the parents and therapists every six months.
Nyah absolutely loves going to WEIT. When we arrive her face lights up with a massive beaming smile and she starts kicking her legs in excitement. The work is hard, it stretches her physically and mentally, but the therapists are magicians and they have her doing amazing things.
Nyah has grown in so many ways since she has been attending the sessions. She has gone from a shy wee girl who would turn to Mum shyly in each group session, to engaging not only with the therapists, but also the other children. She is saying and signing many words, her concentration for completing tasks is fantastic and she is on the verge of taking her first solo steps. The therapists all have this beautiful rapport with Nyah, and Nyah responds accordingly. Their care and love for her is so obvious in their delight every time she achieves a task or milestone.
Which brings me to the “other” reason to stop procrastinating. WEIT is partly funded by the District Health Board, the rest comes from fundraising, parent donations and other wonderful groups and individuals. During the time that Nyah has attended WEIT I have had several “Did I really understand that right’ moments…
When I overheard a therapist saying she had paid for a work-related course out of her own pocket…
When a therapist organized and put together a show, out of work time, with all the proceeds going to WEIT…
And the latest, just this week a fantastic quiz night that we attended which was organized by the team… which included a mum of one of the staff members doing all the home-baking, so there were snacks for the tables.
I have always worked in a corporate environment where resources were available with generally little hullaballoo. It makes my world implode a little to think these miracle makers must go so far above and beyond to have the funds and resources just to do their job.
As with all parents, our aim for Nyah has and will always be to give her the best opportunities to lead a rich and fulfilling live. Her journey is perhaps a little more intense than some, WEIT plays an integral part in ensuring that we are giving her the very best start we can. It’s truly exciting to be able to support this wonderful team, and of course my crazy caring hubby who sees that a little help can go a long way.