Louis finds long term joy from his sensory equipment

Louis was 4, when he had his dream with us, he is now six, but his sensory equipment has had a long-lasting positive effect on his development.

Louis was 4, when he had his dream with us. He is now six, but his sensory equipment has had a long-lasting positive effect on his development.

Louis, from Aberdeenshire, was born premature at 24 weeks and as a consequence, he suffers from a myriad of medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, developmental delay and sensory hearing loss.  He is prone to bouts of illness, but braves adversity with a smile.

Louis enjoys sensory stimulation so his parents chose a mobile sensory play station for him from a company called Rhino UK.  The charity bought a sensory voyager for Louis because he had just started to use switches at nursery and the hope was the interaction with the sensory unit will be both stimulating and rewarding. 

The unique portable piece of sensory equipment has switches, projector, speakers, mirror ball, tactile panels and fibre optics.  Louis’ mum said because he has such limited ability it is a great reward to see him enjoying interacting with others - especially his older brother Ellis. 

We wanted to choose something that Louis would have for a long time, yes, a holiday would be lovely, but this equipment is permanent and it is something that would take us years to save up for.

“As Louis has restricted mobility it is amazing to see him using the buttons and making things move, it makes him laugh and it makes us laugh. It is the only equipment he can be in control of. It is very empowering.”

Tracey, sent the charity a photo of Louis using the equipment and his face is lit up with pure joy.  She thanked the charity and dreams co-ordinator, Wendy, for providing the life-changing equipment and forwarded her thanks on to the fundraisers.

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Author: Hannah Attenburrow

Date: 18/02/2015

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