Hi I am Nicole. Amongst other things I am a speech pathologist and mother of Reuben and Matilda who contracted HSV Encephalitis in late May 2015 on the weekend of her 9th birthday.
Matilda is happy, compassionate and creative. As a result of this life-threatening virus Matilda lost most of her language, literacy and numeracy skills and now has memory, attention, organization and mild physical difficulties.
The purpose of this blog is to share our bespoke approach to rehabilitation – therapy, education, rest and play.
We live in a small beachside town in Australia within a tight-knit community. Matilda is well supported by our local community health services (occupational therapy, speech pathology & physiotherapy) and by her primary school but there are no local specialist rehabilitation services for children. Although I am a speech pathologist, which does help with our rehab planning, I am no expert in the type of language, literacy and communication issues that Matilda now has.
Survival expert Bear Gyrlls commented “Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” And that is what we intend to do. So I hope that you will join us for the ride.