Their faces say it all.
Aryan and his sister can hardly contain their joy at the gift of these colourful new toys.
They’re part of a rehabilitation kit from Chinchpada Christian Hospital.
Covid-19 stopped children like Aryan, who has spastic cerebral palsy, from coming to hospital for occupational therapy.
So the team decided to bring therapy to them – at home.
Each child gets a kit full of bright, fun games to play with.
What they don’t realise in their excitement is that every item has been carefully chosen to develop a vital skill – beads that improve fine motor skills, play dough for grasping and pinching, building blocks for concentration.
Parents and caregivers learn how to help their child play in a way that brings as much therapeutic benefit as possible.
They also get training and special home care plans to support their child’s development.
It’s so good to be supporting the palliative care team’s expanding vision in this way. Seeing the difference their approach makes, they’re now working to reach patients living with disability as well as life-limiting illness.
And it doesn’t stop there. Local people have asked them to help patients with TB and sickle cell disease, too.