One of our primary objectives (and we have so many) is to integrate children with physical disabilities, where possible, into a normal schooling environment. Mivuyo, a Plettenberg Bay Primary pupil, affectionately referred to as Mivi, was born with a very rare condition called arthrogryposis.
Arthrogryposis involves a variety of non-progressive conditions that are characterized by multiple joint contractures (stiffness) and involves muscle weakness found throughout the body at birth.
As part of the curriculum at Plett Primary, the children partake in Physical Education (PE). During the warm summer months this means learning to swim! The children are monitored and supervised by the class teacher, parent volunteers and the amazing swimming coach, Louise. This is the first time that Mivi has been in a swimming pool! Due to his disability he is unable to use his arms and legs effectively and therefore has never gone into a pool before. He was initially very hesitant but as soon as Louise gave him a ‘pool hug’ and he felt safe and secure, he loved every minute. This time will play an important role in his inclusion with the other children but will also be a wonderful time to move his limbs without the restrictions that gravity places on him.
Pictured here with Nicole McDonald our amazing Occupation Therapist and Louise Auersperg our wonderful swimming instructor.