Your gift of sensory toys can help a child who is deafblind feel the love this Christmas
When Sue, a Sense Children and Family Support Worker first met Jude and his mum, Emma, it was clear that Emma’s main worry was how she and the rest of Jude’s family would communicate and connect with him.
One-year-old Jude has a rare condition called Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome. He’s deafblind, and has a number of complex medical needs.
Thanks to Sense supporters, Sue has been working with Jude since he was about four months old – and that early intervention has been crucial in helping him develop. One of the biggest breakthroughs was when Sue gave Emma a sack of sensory toys. This meant that Jude could explore different textures and that the whole family could get involved in stimulating Jude’s senses and start to build a bond with him.
At first Jude was very nervous about any new textures, but after lots of repetition with different toys, Jude now likes to explore new sensory toys, especially toys that light up. Seeing that interaction, seeing that Jude is enjoying himself, that’s priceless for Emma and all the family. And that’s what you could make possible with a Christmas gift today.
Will you give a Christmas gift to help fill a play sack full of specialist sensory toys?
It doesn’t matter whether your gift helps provide something that’s squishy, soft or prickly. What matters is that with specialist support, and your generosity, for a child like Jude, this Christmas will feel like love.
How your donation could help a child like Jude:
£23 could buy a specialist light box like the one Sue uses to encourage children to track light in different directions.
£75 could fill a bag with noisy treasures including a xylophone, drum, cymbal, chimes, triangle, bells, maracas, castanets, guiro and rhythm sticks!
£280 could buy an entire sack full of different specialist sensory toys including spine balls, fluffy animals, bean bags and swishy plastic shapes.