Please will you help a Sense Children and Family Support Worker bring a story to life for a child who is deafblind?
Four-year-old Jessica has a rare genetic condition which means she is developing at a much slower rate than other children her age. When she was very young, Jessica was also diagnosed with glue ear, a condition that caused temporary hearing loss. Thankfully, Jessica’s hearing is now much better but she does have to wear incredibly strong glasses, as without them she can see almost nothing.
With Jessica’s limited sight and hearing, her mum, Louise, wondered if her little girl would ever communicate or connect with the world around her. She also wondered how Jessica would ever experience one of the simple joys of childhood – story time.
Jessica now attends a specialist pre-school group called Mini Magpies at her local Sense Family Centre, where one of her favourite activities is sensory story time! The group is run by Sense Children and Family Support Worker, Nicky, who knows exactly how to bring a story to life so that children who are deafblind like Jessica can experience it.
With a gift today, you could help a Sense Children and Family Support Worker like Nicky bring a story to life for a child who is deafblind or has complex disabilities.
Bringing Jessica’s favourite story to life
Jessica’s favourite story is a book called ‘Tortoise! Tortoise!’ and with Nicky’s help – and yours – this simple storybook can be the basis of a world of exploration for a child like Jessica.
Nicky uses everyday objects and a bit of creativity to make the story accessible for each child depending on their needs, so they can experience the joy of disappearing into a great story.
‘Tortoise! Tortoise!’ is an adventure through wind, snow and rain to help Tortoise come out of his shell. The first object Nicky introduces is a small wooden tortoise. When Jessica holds the tortoise in her hand and feels his shape and the smooth lines of the shell on his back, he’s no longer just a toy. He’s a real-life tortoise – the hero of the story.
Jessica follows Tortoise on his journey as he tries to come out of his shell. She feels cold from an ice pack as Tortoise sticks his head out in winter, wind from a balloon pump in autumn, and spray from a water bottle to represent the rain in spring.
Sense Children and Family Support Workers like Nicky have so much knowledge and expertise to offer children like Jessica, and can suggest specialist toys and sensory activities to help children learn and play.
Will you give a gift to Sense today, and help bring stories to life for another child like Jessica?
With a gift, you can help to ensure that children like Jessica have the vital opportunities to learn, play and develop. Thank you so much for your support.
Almost any simple story can be transformed into a sensory story that any child can enjoy. All it takes is a little creativity and know-how. Watch our special video to find out more!