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