The Arts Health Institute (AHI)
integrates the arts into health care through research, education and
national programs. Their innovative and evidence-based programs are
designed to foster happiness and joy, and inspire greater social
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common
physical disability in Australian children with a child with CP born
every 15 hours. With limited evidence to support the effectiveness of
traditional CP therapies, a new approach to treating children with
hemiplegic CP was developed in the United Kingdom through the Breathe
Arts Health Research Magic Camps.
The Amazing Magic Club is an
intensive therapy program that combines professional magicians with
Occupational Therapists to hold 10-day "magic clubs". The program
will support children with hemiplegia to use both hands, with the
improved limb movement helping to promote social and emotional wellbeing
as the child grows into adulthood.
Following its success in the United
Kingdom, our funding grant will enable the AHI to bring the program to
Australia with the initial pilot planned for Brisbane in 2014.
"Stevie has been so enthused and energised by this experience. Not only is Stevie saying to me 'look mum' when she uses her left hand and not only is she actually really 'wanting' to try to use her left hand but an added bonus is that her confidence full stop had been boosted".
- Natasha, mother of Stevie
For more information visit: www.artshealthinstitute.org.au.