Mia Perrie

RDA South Australia

"Riding has done wonders for Mia's balance and confidence, she sits up so lovely and waves to her parents like the queen"


 

Mia's journey with RDA started 8 years ago when she was 3 years old. She had just been given her diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome after 3 long years of searching for an answer.

Angelman Syndrome is a complex genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system and occurs in one in every 15,000 live births and affects both males and females.  Common characteristics of Angelman Syndrome are:

  • developmental delay, intellectual disability and short attention span;
  • lack of speech or severe speech impairment;
  • seizures;
  • disorders of walking and balance (ataxia);
  • most children have a small head (microcephaly).

Mia's mother, Peta did much research about different therapies that could help her little girl and heard about hippotherapy and came across the RDA Centre in Victor Harbor.  Her parents were a little hesitant about her age but still keen.  John, Sue and all of the other volunt3eers at the Centre were very welcoming and much to everyone's surprises, she was on the horse within a week.

Mia still has separation issues every lesson, but we push on.  Now she is walking, trotting and playing the games happily with volunteers.  Riding has done wonders for Mia's balance and confidence, she sits up so lovely and waves to her parents like the queen.  She's very proud of the competition ribbons she's collected over the years.

Mia's parents are full of praise for the wonderful work of RDA and for giving Mia the opportunity.


 

Read more about Angelman Syndrome on our Fact Sheet