‘I couldn’t wipe the smile off his face’ – Isaac’s story

'I couldn't wipe the smile off his face' - Isaac's story
Posted on Thu 23 Jul 2020

Isaac is a 6-year-old boy in kindergarten, and he loves playing with his sister and toy dinosaurs.  

He lives with Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay. His right-side hemiplegia makes two-handed games and gross motor (physical) activities challenging.  

He has been receiving essential occupational therapy and physiotherapy from the Penshurst team since 2016. With the help of his therapists, his goal is to develop his balance and gross motor skills so he can play in the playground with his classmates, improve his handwriting and play with both hands.  

When the coronavirus pandemic began, Isaac transitioned to online therapy via Telepractice. His mum, Alyce, was using her mobile phone because it was the only device she had. She was struggling to help Isaac and hold her phone at the same time during therapy sessions, meaning that Isaac wasn’t able to fully participate. So, Isaac was put forward for a Telepractice Support Kit.  

It has made a world of difference to Isaac and Alyce.  

“We were so excited. It was like Christmas morning! It was even wrapped up like a present. I couldn’t wipe the smile off Isaac’s face. I was so happy that this would make telepractice so much easier and accessible for us.”  - Alyce 

The Tablet has helped Isaac to engage in therapy sessions more successfully. He is able to see his therapists on the larger screen more clearly, and Alyce is able to help without needing to hold her phone.  

“Having the tablet has made a huge difference. It is so much easier to communicate with his therapists. Also having the internet data card is amazing. It’s good for times we may be at a family member’s house or if we are doing a Physio session outside, the signal remains nice and strong.”  

CPA would like to say a massive thank you to all donors and corporate partners, who together raised $1.2 million towards our Emergency Telepractice Appeal to help families just like Isaac's.

If you would like to send a message to Isaac, email charlotte.regan@cerebralpalsy.org.au

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