Rhys was diagnosed with microcephaly when he was about 3 months old.

Rhys (far right, front) and friends gathered at Children’s Village earlier this spring to wear green in support of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.

Rhys was diagnosed with microcephaly when he was about 3 months old. A year later, an MRI scan discovered that Rhys had schizencephaly, an extremely rare brain malformation. At around 3 years old, Rhys also was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Rhys began receiving services at Children’s Village and grew to love all
of his therapists. When he graduated out of the program he continued with physical, occupational, and speech therapy in order to help him live his life to the fullest.

Now, at 4-1/2 years old, Rhys is working on balance so that he can learn to walk, and he is spending time with a speech therapist to gain access to a communication device. Rhys is a curious boy by nature, which will help him make strides with his therapy.

At Children’s Village, Rhys and his family have therapists who work with him in speech therapy, physical therapy and hippotherapy. It also gives his family an opportunity to meet other families and make new friends who understand their journey.


Cerebral palsy is a neurological disability that affects 17 million people around the world. Through Children’s Village, many children receive physical, occupational, or language therapy to improve strength and walking skills, stretch muscles, or learn to use adaptive products that help with daily activities.