We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to get the most out of life ‚Äì and that is our starting point. bibic offers children a holistic approach to their difficulties by covering areas such as sensory and physical needs, language and communication, reflex inhibition, nutrition and learning styles.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1057635)
At bibic we believe that every child‚Äôs future matters, and because of this we strive to maximise each child‚Äôs individual potential, to develop their independence, and to raise their confidence. Because we see every child as a unique individual, we are able to focus on their specific needs and abilities, and to provide the support that is right for them. Every week children and young people with neurological problems visit bibic's children's centre. They travel with their families from every part of the UK. Ask the families, "Why" and they will tell you they can't get enough support for themselves or their children ‚Äì they need more information about how to help their child in everyday situations that affect family life. Without frequent, all-round expert help their children struggle to do the things other children take for granted. Things like crawling and walking, kicking a ball, holding a pencil and playing chase with their friends. Many can't learn as quickly as other children. Some struggle to talk and show emotions ‚Äì they can't bear to be touched, don't know how to play and then get angry or cry because they can't express themselves. Things like school, family outings and shopping can be traumatic for everyone concerned. Typical comments include: ‚Äòher self-esteem is so low, and this causes the behaviour to be a cycle. The worse she feels the worse the behaviour‚Äô This can be caused by a complex brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, autism and disorders that doctors often fail to reach a specific diagnosis. Others have a more specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or attention deficit disorder. All affect a child's ability to develop and learn. This is a highly specialised field and requires sophisticated 'joined up' services. In many cases it's essential to provide daily therapy backed-up by expert help. Further effects of these conditions include increased dependence, lack of achievement at school and reduced social lives for 70% of families. Acceptance by children‚Äôs peers, difficulties for spouses and partners, problems with schools and nurseries, travel costs, a worsening financial situation and difficulty spending time with siblings affect half of all families. The following comment is typical: ‚Äòapart from losing one income, we have many additional costs to those of a typical family, e.g. nutritional supplements, special diets, therapies, replacing broken toys/ clothing/ furniture‚Äô How we support families: bibic is unique, in that we train parents and carers to use a therapeutic approach at home. We also support them while they are doing it, spending time answering their questions and improving their awareness about their child‚Äôs condition. This means parents no longer feel powerless to help. But most important of all, it means children receive effective help every day ‚Äì reinforcing their learning and development. bibic has pioneered assessments and therapeutic interventions for 36 years. We give children and their families all the time and attention they need to improve their understanding of why certain things are difficult and how to reduce the impact of those difficulties. ‚ÄúWith the bibic programme, people don‚Äôt shout at me as much. My family understands me a bit more.‚Äù We use proven best practice from medical, educational and social fields to design a tailor-made therapy programme for each child. Therapies combine sensory stimulation, physiotherapy, communication and behaviour strategies, learning exercises, and nutrition. We do not promise miracles, but thousands of children continue to achieve remarkable progress from the therapies we recommend and teach. ‚ÄúThank you for throwing the stone and helping to make ripples. Life is so much more hopeful now. I am proud of my son now and see improvement in our quality of life and his prospects for the future. This is truly life-enhancing work.‚Äù Funding of ¬£250,000 will enable us to help a further 50 children this year.
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