We will be joined by speaker Helen Schielke from BIRD, a local-based charity that helps with brain injury rehabilitation and development.
BIRD offers a unique treatment that complements the more traditional methods such as medicine and adapted education. The ultimate aim is to radically improve the lives of patients and their carers.
Some of the children who are provided treatment are severely physically and / or mentally disadvantaged and may be blind with little or no head control. Others have only mild learning difficulties, hyperactivity or behavioural disorders and are in mainstream education.
For many of the people BIRD has helped – it was thought that no further improvement was possible.
The Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Development is a small charity based in Eccleston just outside Chester.
In practice, BIRD helps individuals with many different conditions such as autism, learning difficulty, developmental delay and strokes.
Increasingly, the charity works with the families and teachers of children at Key Stage 2 (7-11) who attend mainstream school but who have learning, communication or behavioural difficulties. These children may or may not have a formal special educational needs (SEN) statement.