Seven year old Samuel has cerebral palsy and is a regular visitor to Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester.
Samuel’s mum Stephanie says he loves the magical technology Lifelites has provided: “Technology is really important for Samuel because he’s so clever so it’s a way for him to express himself. Looking at him you might think he doesn’t understand a lot of things, but he’s incredibly alert. He likes to make decisions and be independent and the Lifelites equipment helps him do this.”
Rachael Lenzi is a Health Care Assistant at Acorns who often works with Sam. She says:“Samuel benefits greatly from Lifelites technology. He is very alert and aware and wants people to interact and communicate with him. He likes to show people how the equipment empowers him and widens the scope of what he can do which and you can see he feels a sense of achievement.”
With his limited mobility, Samuel likes to use the Eyegaze - an eye tracking device that enables a user to control a cursor on the screen just by moving their eyes – because he doesn’t need his hands to control it.
Samuel’s mum says: “At the moment it’s just games but he will be able to use it a lot more for communication. We know he’s got plenty in his head so this is a way to try and get it out.
“As much as it makes me sad that he can’t talk, it makes me proud and happy that he can use the equipment and achieve something. It also means that Samuel is able to interact with his friends independently which is important for him and us.
“Do I dream that he will be able to talk tomorrow? Of course I do and I still hope - but it’ll always be difficult for him, so I know this technology is the future for Samuel.”
A brain tumour at the age of six left Heavenly with a number of disabilities, but the equipment provided by Lifelites has opened up a whole new world to her.
Brothers Thomas and Connor, aged 9 and 6, were born with life limiting complex congenital heart disease. Each has only half a heart.
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