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All-ages able to interact, enjoy therapeutic wall

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Montannah Maguire, 15, interact with the therapy wall created by her mother Chelle Spencer.
Camera IconMontannah Maguire, 15, interact with the therapy wall created by her mother Chelle Spencer. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Bunbury artist Chelle Spencer has designed a therapeutic wall which allows patients to interact and enjoy physical therapy.

Ms Spencer, who runs her business Art on Anything, said she was commissioned to design the wall for a Bunbury therapy company.

“The opportunity came up to make a wall for someone ranged from six months old to 99, depending on the neurological needs of that person,” she said.

“I just wanted people to understand that healing does not always have to hurt, it can be fun.

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Montannah Maguire, 15.
Camera IconMontannah Maguire, 15. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

“When you engage people that way, in the spirit of play, they are actually getting more out of their therapy rather than them doing it begrudgingly.”

Ms Spencer said the wall was made for a range of patients.

“Maybe a mum has just found out that she has a baby who is six-months-old and needs to have sensory awareness training,” she said.

“They may be 14 with cerebral palsy and might engage with playing with the wire and the tiled games of Scrabble.

“They may be someone who is 60 plus and had a heart attack ... it could be someone who is dealing with brain damage.”

Ms Spencer said she was inspired to create the wall after her journey with her daughter Montannah Maguire who was born premature and developed cerebral palsy.

“I called the wall Eight Sweet Street with the idea of therapy being sweet,” she said.

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