Aidyn in swimwear walking in his frame

This is Aidyn – born at 22 weeks and breaking all the rules

Aidyn was born prematurely at 22 weeks old and recognised as being at risk of cerebral palsy. Aidyn and his family have been part of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) community since being referred by their paediatrician, Dr Kylie Yates. Aidyn’s Mum Yon is so thankful for the precious journey she’s been on with the CPA team by her side.

Aidyn’s therapy started with Elaine, his Physiotherapist, then Eliza, his Occupational Therapist and

Amne, his Speech Pathologist, who all work together to improve Aidyn’s mobility, dexterity, motor skills and communication.

Six years on, to his mum Yon’s delight, Aidyn loves the water and can now swim using aids and is learning to walk with his frame. His future goals are to climb and run with his friends at the park, play soccer and swim without his aids.

Yon loves the therapy team’s personalised approach, their guidance on how to implement therapies into Aidyn’s daily life, and most importantly, guidance on parenting.

“There is no guidebook for his case. CPA’s team treat each client individually, they never standardise their clients. ”

“CPA are creating an environment that allows him to be challenged, guiding him and not making assumptions on what we think he’s capable of doing. He broke all the doctor’s assumptions with constant sessions of therapies from CPA superb teams. When you ensure what he is doing has a purpose and fun, he keeps moving forward.”

Aidyn has a smile that lights up the room, he’s super social, and loves playing with other kids his own age. He loves school, loves to learn from other kids, and enjoys praise from the teacher. Even though he’s non-verbal he tries hard to communicate with his friends and family.

“When he first climbed the park equipment, he looked so proud. He’s really into his tablet, numbers and alphabet. When he gets all the answers correct, he asks me for a high five.”

Yon recalls so many special moments in Aidyn’s life, including when he showed his frustration and anger for the first time.

“ I was so excited to know he was emotionally developing. The first time he said Mama, I doubted my ears. He is always progressing a tiny bit by bit. They reach milestones at their own pace.”

Yon feels really hopeful about the many possibilities that await Aidyn. She dreams of him becoming an advocate for the physically disabled community. And she firmly believes he will be a force for changing change the way people think. In Yon’s words,

“It is not about being “able” or “disabled” but we are just simply all different.”

Most of all, Yon wants Aidyn to learn, love, and to contribute to his community in sharing his experiences. With his curious minds and determination, she’s looking forward to him smashing his next goal on the soccer field.

This is the magic that can happen when

Great minds think differently!