Although he is three and a half years old, Quang can not attend kindergarten alongside his peers. The boy has paralysis of the lower limbs due to brain damage. He cannot articulate words clearly. Every day, Quang follows his mother to the hair salon – where his mother earns only about 4 million VND per month. Since he can not walk or stand, the only thing he can do is sit down and wait for his mother to finish work. Being a single mother and having to care for a disabled child with low income, sending the boy to rehabilitation facilities for physical therapy is something his mother dares not dream of.
In mid-2018, Quang’s mother was introduced by a neighbor – who is a physiotherapist – to a project called “Community based rehabilitation and inclusive education for children with mobility impairment”. His mother approached the project to ask for him to get physiotherapy and speech therapy intervention.
Quang’s grandmother took him to the project three times a week for therapy. In each therapy session, there are always tears after each leg pull and sweats after each attempt to walk step-by-step. After three months of persevering efforts of both Quang and physiotherapist, Quang took the first steps on his own little feet. Although the sweat is still flowing on his forehead, Quang cannot hide his joy radiantly coming through his eyes and smile. The boy’s rewards after the session is play time with the musical instrument that he loves.
Quang is making efforts in walking step by step
Quang did not have much difficulty in the speech therapy session because he is a smart and active boy. The lessons of animals, fruits, vehicles, and supplies in the home help him to pronounce better. The sessions are always filled with laughter.
Quang is receiving speech therapy with joy
Quang feels that going to school is a great happiness so he always behaves well, practices hard, and focuses well during the lessons. As a result, he progresses very well day after day. It was touching when the boy expressed that he wanted to be a doctor to help others walk!
The project ” Community based rehabilitation and inclusive education for children with mobility impairment ” implemented by Caritas-Ho Chi Minh City in 2018 with funding from Saigon Children’s Charity. The goal of the project is to help children with mobility impairment improve their motor skills and prepare them for the necessary skills through physical therapy sessions and speech therapy, so that the children can then integrate into the community, and participate in inclusive education.
*Note: Names have been changed to protect the family’s privacy.