This is Sonny's story:
My name is Sonny. I am 5 years old. I was born at 25 weeks and weighing a whopping 790 grams. Since my birth I have fought against infections, a heart attack and a series of mini strokes. I am severely under-developed with my walking and talking, but I am doing far more than my Mummy was told I would ever achieve. I have resolving chronic lung disease, which will never be fixed. I have many issues with sounds, lights and smells. I have autistic tendencies and severe behavioral difficulties. Currently I am waiting for a grant so that Mummy and Daddy can build an extension on our house so I can have my own room, I am unable to climb the stairs as recently I have developed epilepsy so I have frequent seizures – I sleep in a special bed in the lounge (which is great as I get the wide screen tv, log burner and comfy sofa). I have a very high intelligence and am hyperactive so I don’t need much sleep to function, whereas Mummy does!! I have two sisters who live with me, they are 10 and 7. I drive them insane (apparently) with my constant questions and needs (I have no awareness of danger so need constant supervision). I go to a specialist school for language and communication difficulties and in September I will be going into Year 1, which I am very excited about! Mummy was put in touch with a UK Charity, Hearts and Minds, which has started a scheme to re-cycle old mobile telephones in exchange for an iPad.
Look what 185 old mobile phones can do? Gives me this cheesy smiley face! Look at me now, I’m in iPad land and I love it! I can watch my favourite programmes through you tube and follow links as well as improve my fine motor skills by navigating the different apps (*cough, cough*) and give Mummy a small break as it is keep me very still!!! I am having a ball.
To all of my favourite friends: thank you, thank you, thank you – you are all truly superstars!! Lots of love Sonny xxxxxx
If your child needs an iPad please check out Hearts and Minds:
This scheme began in Ireland: http://www.autismirelandphones.ie/