Welcome to the Pathways Newsletter, the online newsletter of the First Step Therapy Centre in Newry Co. Down.

The Pathways Newsletter will keep you up to date with what is happen at the First Step Therapy Centre and also with what is happening in the world of health in general and neuro-rehabilitation in particular.

We have a special interest in the problems that affect children and adults with physical disabilities or neurological disorders and will bring you news of developments and issues as they arise.

We will also bring you news on the progress of patients who attend our Centre for treatment and other things that may be of interest to you.

If there is a particular topic that you would like discussed, then please

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In This Issue

- First Step Therapy Centre celebrates first year in business

- A Call To Disability Support Groups

- Two Articles Of Interest

It's Our Birthday ... but YOU get the presents!!!

The First Step Therapy Centre celebrated being open exactly one year on the 1st February 2009.

Over the past year, we have treated around 40 children with various neurological disorders and physical disabilities.

These have included patients with Cerebral Palsy, Autism & ASD, AD/HD, Global Developmental Delay, Spinal Cord Injuries and Metabolic & Genetic Disorders. We have also treated a number of adult patients with back, neck and leg pain and other conditions such as Fibromyalgia.

Patients have come from as far away as Donegal, Dublin and Belfast as well as those from the Newry, Warrenpoint and Armagh areas.

To mark the occasion, we are giving all our customers (old and new) a fantasic deal.

During February 2009, we are giving everybody the opportunity to buy a package of 10 sessions of treatment for the price of 8.

That is a saving of £100 off the regular Neuro Clinic package or £60 off the regular Pain Clinic Package.

You can buy as many packages as you like during February and these can be carried over into the subsequent March '09 and April '09 months.

This offer will end on Sat 28th February 2009 and all special offer treatment sessions must be taken by 30th April 2009.

Why not buy a package for a son, daughter or a grand-child, nephew or niece and provide them with potential life-changing therapy and help improve their abilities. Or, if you know somebody that is currently suffering the pain of an injury, why not buy them a package of pain relief therapy or a private one-to-one relaxation programme.

Call us TODAY on Free Call 0800 56 77 560 (UK) or on 048 3083 2865 (Ireland) or on +44 28 3083 2865 (International) to book your packages. Don't forget that we also provide a detailed free assessment for all patients prior to commencing treatment.

We also offer a special rate for our intensive 350 hour neuro-rehabilitation programme, so please call us on the above numbers to find out more.

(The 350 hour intensive programme is already great value and is not part of the above offer).

To find out more download our brochures.

Download the Neuro Clinic Brochure

Download Pain Clinic Brochure

Calling All Disability Support Groups!!!

Are you a member of a Disability Support Group - if so we want to here from you?

Many of the families who attend our Centre for therapy often tell us that there is no support group available, that relates to their child's specific medical condition. Parents often feel isolated when trying to cope with their child's condition and needs and feel they have nowhere to turn to when trying to survive the challenges of life with a disabled child. Many often have other children to look after as well as the disabled child and sometimes they find it very difficult to cope.

If you are a member of a support group why not have your Secretary or Chairperson contact us. We will then put the contact details up on our website or pass them on to others who may need your support.

To reward you for your efforts, we will give each of your group members a 20% discount on a 10 session block of therapy which is worth £100.

If you would like us to come a give a presentation on how the First Step Therapy methods can benefit your Group or would like to arrange a Group visit to our Centre, then please contact us using the Contact Us form on the website.

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