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By Rachael & Alan Elliott. Every parent experiences anxiety Parents of any child have a natural anxiety about leaving their children in other peoples.

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1 By Rachael & Alan Elliott

2 Every parent experiences anxiety Parents of any child have a natural anxiety about leaving their children in other peoples care Now amplify the situation Children on medication With special feeding requirements With complex medical needs Emotional / attachment problems We have complete confidence in the Summer School All our children’s needs are met and more.

3 In the beginning Three Years ago..... Our first week at The Lighthouse School Lack of knowledge re. Conductive Education Best thing ever or no merit at all DAY 3 – Tears at Millisle DAY 5 – Tears at Bangor

4 The benefits Better posture Better, sitting, standing and walking Less pain from stiff joints Less medical/ surgical intervention Increased independence Increased confidence and self esteem Happier children Better singers

5 Why it’s so special Not available to us in the UK through the NHS Or throughout Ireland’s Health System On average our children get: 1 -2 hours per week of hands on intervention from Physiotherapists Even if they attend schools where mobility is an issue This is a lifeline to all of us

6 Recreating the Service Joan asked us to think if there was anything from our experience at Peto that could improve the Summer School After thinking long and hard NO The Peto Institute is the centre of excellence The Lighthouse Summer School is a centre of excellence

7 Recreating the Service No mean feat to recreate an excellent summer school for 8 weeks a year Joan and the Trustees work so hard The Conductors are so experienced and unconditionally caring Not only support our children Mums and dads too The Assistants Unbelievably hard workers Dedicated, kind young adults

8 Donaghadee and the Lighthouse Such a special place It has become special to everyone who is connected with the school The people who live here, are so good to us all Special Mention - Bob is a magnificent man His smiles and hugs are very special He brighten up our sons day We came home from Budapest to attend...

9 Its in the Name Donaghadee Lighthouse A path of safety, the right path to take Peace of mind for sailors The Lighthouse Summer School A path of safety The right path for our children to take Peace of mind for parents......

10 Why its so important Discovery of the Lighthouse Struggling in very stormy seas Ronan’s condition Couldn’t do, wouldn’t be able to do, struggle with What this meant to us as a family No one approach that we could find Meeting all his needs seemed impossible Now there is hope, can do attitude...lets try... Independence Sense of achievement

11 Thank you so much The Parish Joan The Trustees The Conductors The Helpers The Rotary And More.... But most Important of all... You

12 Because we’re happy.....


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