Zibad is a final year medical student and his paper related to his experience working as a volunteer in an adventure playground, Every Life Has a Purpose (ELHAP), in East London.
The personal stories of two children who he met at ELHAP highlighted that children have individual needs whatever their diagnosis. His paper discussed the need for children with disabilities to participate in physical activity and the importance of tailored and individualised exercise for children with cerebral palsy. He also conducted a thorough literature review and his paper discussed the use of virtual reality rehabilitation to motivate children to partake in exercise interventions.
His paper was a well written and thought-provoking essay that related well to childhood disability. The author demonstrated an empathetic patient-centred approach with evidence of thinking about children’s physical, mental and social wellbeing and quality of life.