Magic Camp Designed to Improve Movement; Children's Charity Support Innovative Project to Help Children with Hemiplegia Develop Motor Skills and Enhance Self-Esteem

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Magic Camp Designed to Improve Movement; Children's Charity Support Innovative Project to Help Children with Hemiplegia Develop Motor Skills and Enhance Self-Esteem


A Welsh charity has found an inventive way of helping children with physical weaknesses - by teaching them magic tricks. A group of nine children with hemiplegia spent their summer at the first Breathe Magic Camp, an intensive therapy programme hosted by Bobath Children's Therapy Centre designed to improve their movement and confidence.

Children with hemiplegia have varying degrees of weakness and lack of control on one side of their body caused by brain damage.

The children learnt speciallyselected magic tricks which helps them increase the use of their affected hand and arm.

A team from Breathe Arts Health Research, made up of renowned Magic Circle magicians and highly specialist clinicians and academics, worked alongside Bobath therapists as well as Cardiff University physiotherapy and Occupational therapy undergraduates.

In a one-to-one setting, the team taught magic tricks and performing skills which will develop motor and bimanual skills - and enhance selfesteem.

Stefanie Nemeth, mum of budding magician, Kayla, 10, said: "We found out Kayla had hemiplegia a few days after she was born.

"She was delivered by C section after a difficult labour during which her oxygen levels deteriorated.

"She was taken straight to SCBU and put on a ventilator.

"We knew something was wrong straight away. We were then told by the consultant that Kayla had suffered a bleed in the brain which would result in her having hemiplegia."

The Swansea resident added: "Kayla has been to Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales for specialist therapy a few times now and each time we walk away feeling so grateful for all their help.

"We were delighted when we found out she had the opportunity to attend the Magic Camp.

"I've noticed her confidence grow and I have no problems getting her to practice her physio exercises at home."

The magic camp programme was developed by Dr Dido Green, Research Director at Breathe Arts Health Research and Reader in Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University, in 2010 in collaboration with Magic Circle magicians David Owen and Richard McDougall and Senior Occupational Therapist Amarlie Moore.

Following a number of inspiring workshops led at the Evelina Children's Hospital, a series of Magic Camps delivered by Breathe Arts Health Research have been run with researchers working alongside to explore the therapeutic benefits of the programme.

This is the first time the successful Breathe Magic Camp concept has expanded into Wales. …

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