CIBC FirstCaribbean Sup­ports Neu­ro­move­ment For Chil­dren With Spe­cial Needs

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Cere­bral Palsy is a de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­ity that af­fects move­ment, pos­ture and co­or­di­na­tion. It is the most com­mon con­gen­i­tal con­di­tion oc­cur­ring at or be­fore birth. Cere­bral Palsy is usu­ally caused by brain dam­age that hap­pens be­fore or dur­ing a baby’s birth, or dur­ing the first three to five years of a child’s life.

This brain dam­age can lead to other health is­sues in­clud­ing vi­sion, hear­ing or speech prob­lems and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Ear­lier this week, CIBC FirstCaribbean pledged to sup­port the Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion of St. Lu­cia in pro­vid­ing Neu­ro­move­ment ther­apy to a young child af­flicted with the con­di­tion.

The Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion of St. Lu­cia pro­vides sup­port to chil­dren and fam­i­lies af­fected by cere­bral palsy by ad­vo­cat­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the pro­vi­sion of var­i­ous ther­a­peu­tic tech­niques, pro­vid­ing ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion on cere­bral palsy pre­ven­tion, ther­apy and treat­ment op­tions and en­cour­ag­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tion with par­ents and chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.

Since its in­cep­tion, the as­so­ci­a­tion has made a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of fam­i­lies and per­sons with cere­bral palsy.

Neu­ro­move­ment is a mo­tion ther­apy tech­nique that fo­cuses on the role of the brain and is ben­e­fi­cial for cases of brain dam­age or other spe­cial needs. The ther­apy is a holis­tic ap­proach to hu­man func­tion­ing that helps pro­vide in­for­ma­tion the brain needs to grow and or­ga­nize it­self and is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for those with cere­bral palsy. The ther­apy en­hances not only phys­i­cal move­ment but also the move­ment of think­ing, emo­tion and feel­ings.

This can re­sult in an in­crease in sel­f­re­liance in chil­dren who go through the ther­apy, who will be bet­ter able to con­nect with their peers as well as boost their own phys­i­cal, cog­ni­tive and emo­tional well­ness.

CIBC FirstCaribbean re­cently made a con­tri­bu­tion of $6,000 to the pres­i­dent of the Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion of St. Lu­cia in sup­port of its ef­forts to en­hance the lives of chil­dren with cere­bral palsy. This sup­port en­ables the Neu­ro­move­ment ther­apy to be ac­ces­si­ble to a child of the Sure Start Preschool.

Pres­i­dent of the Cere­bral Palsy As­so­ci­a­tion, Diane Leonce com­mended the sup­port of the bank stat­ing, “We are pleased that CIBC FirstCaribbean has sup­ported our on­go­ing cause of bring­ing Neu­ro­move­ment to the chil­dren of the Sure Start Preschool.

This treat­ment is a hands-on tech­nique that pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment for chil­dren with chal­lenges.”

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