Bid to help daughter speak

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A WALTON mum is appealing for help to raise cash for therapy that could help her daughter speak

Rachel Adam-Smith says her daughter is “trapped inside her own body” because she is unable to talk.

Francesca Adam-Smith, 9, suffers from a rare genetic disorder which affects her coordination and movement and unable to speak.

Mum Rachel Adam-Smith, is appealing for help after hospital consultants said, that, with intensive speech therapy, the youngster could finally be able to say her first words.

Rachel, 35, wants her daughter to attend a specialist school in Sussex where she will receive the therapy but Leeds City Council has refused to pay the £60,000 bill.

Rachel said: “I just want her to have a chance to speak so that she can be independent, and not be trapped inside her own body.”

The youngster attends Wetherby’s Deighton Gates Primary School with a class of 30 children, and receives 30 minutes of speech therapy every week.

Rachel added: “Francesca really wants to try to learn and desperately, desperately wants to do this.”

At St Mary’s School in Sussex, Francesca would receive 30 minutes of speech therapy seven times a week, plus physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Steve Walker, deputy director for children’s services, said: “We always take parents’ wishes into account when assessing the most appropriate education for a child with such complex needs. We accept that St Mary’s would also meet Francesca’s needs but unfortunately we do have to weigh up the cost to the public purse.” donate www.justgiving.com/FrancescaAdam-Smith.