How we helped to make Ella's Birthday

September 11, 2018

Ella receives care at her home and so, when it was her birthday, it seemed only fitting to use one of Ella’s therapeutic play sessions so that Ella got the very best from her birthday party. She had invited friends with complex needs from her school.  

Her family had booked a harpist to play a small concert at the party because Ella responds beautifully to the sounds of a harp. Our Play Therapist Sue, worked alongside the harpist, uniting the children, their siblings and their parents in playing together with a colourful parachute, sensory toys, bubbles and play techniques. Everyone pitched in to ensure that each child’s sensory needs were met and every person in the room experienced the magic of play.  

The Julia’s House Playmaker said: “At the end of the party Ella was lifting her hand to feel the vibration of the strings as the harpist continued to play - a moment in time where we left feeling so incredibly privileged to be able to share in such magical moments with children and their families. What a joy to be able to wear the badge Playmaker for Julia's House.”  

At Ella’s next play session, we used the play list that the harpist used during the party and echoed some of the same play techniques so that we could bring back some happy memories for Ella. Then at the end of the session the whole family laid down on mats with Ella, holding hands, uniting in Ella’s World.

The whole experience was very special and very emotional for Ella’s family. Mum and Dad said they ”don’t know how they would have got through the summer without the support from Julia’s House.”


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