Sunshine Coast Daily
A Townsville couple is looking for a Sunshine Coast family willing to swap homes for a year so their son can receive life-changing therapy.
Christian and Nicole Rooms said a temporary move to the Coast would allow their 14-month-old son, Nolan, to receive daily therapy sessions from Wurtulla therapist Anette Jonischkeit.
Mrs Jonischkeit uses Vojta therapy to manipulate pressure points, alerting hidden pathways in the brain to control basic movement.
Nolan was born three months premature and suffered from oxygen starvation after birth. The condition left him with brain-tissue damage.
The anticipated long-term prognosis for him is physical disability and cerebral palsy.
“The best tool to counteract the effects of this prognosis is early intervention,” Mr Rooms said.
“For that reason, we have been trying all sorts of different therapies and found one on the Sunshine Coast that has so far shown the largest developmental improvements for our son.”
Mr Rooms said they noticed improvement after one week of intensive therapy.
“Nolan had learned to hold his head upright, open his hands, reach out and grab things and, most excitingly, started to roll himself, even though it’s still inconsistently,” he said.
Mr Rooms said coming down to the Coast was a logistical nightmare.
“We’ve come down three times to see her already,” he said. “We’ve tried doing Skype sessions and therapy ourselves, but we’re just not getting results as quickly.”
They have uploaded their profile to Aussie House Swap, the country’s largest house-swapping website, in the hope of finding a family willing to relocate for 12 months. They have yet to have a reply to their plea.
“As a house swap seems the easiest and less stressful option to relocate for one year, we are hoping that somebody can help,” Mr Rooms said.
Mr Rooms can also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.