Louise French recently got in touch with us after she saw a Scooot Seat in action and knew it would be beneficial for her son Cameron. She told us their story.
Cameron was my third baby. He was born a healthy little boy, brother to Harris and Alfie, he made my family complete. At 5 weeks old he became ill and was admitted to hospital where unfortunately he suffered a cardiac arrest which resulted in lack of oxygen to his brain and this resulted in an acquired brain injury. He spent the next 6 months in hospital.
The brain injury has meant that Cameron can’t safely swallow so he has had numerous operations and is now fed through a peg in his tummy. He cannot communicate and is unable to sit up unaided and cannot walk. It has been a long and hard 3 years looking after Cameron and coming to terms with his disabilities. Cameron has very challenging behaviours which we believe are mainly due to frustration.
Cameron gets very frustrated as any 3 year old. He wants to run about and play with his brothers and other children but due to his disabilities he cannot. We had no means of Cameron moving about the room to follow his brothers and to get from room to room. When playing outside Cameron just had to sit in his wheelchair and watch the boys.
Christmas 2015 we went to our Portage Christmas party were we saw a little boy on a Scooot Seat and we thought that maybe that if we could maybe get one of these Cameron would be able to join in with others while building his posture and potentially helping him to sit independently. Our Portage worker went out of her way to get us one to borrow to see how Cameron went on. Unfortunately there was so much demand for the equipment we were only able to borrow for a couple of weeks which wasn’t long enough for Cameron to get used to it. We therefore put an application to Cerebra for a grant to purchase a Scooot. We waited patiently and we eventually got a letter to say our grant was successful and the Scooot was on order!
The Scooot got delivered about a month ago and to say it has opened up so many opportunities for Cameron is an understatement! He is now following us round the room and joining in with his brothers when playing. He has even started to sit unaided since using the scoot which is a real achievement for Cameron. Today we took the Scooot outside in the garden and we played football, Cameron was so excited it was absolutely brilliant.
All I can say to Cerebra is thank you because you have allowed Cameron the ability to join in with so many things and without your assistance we may never have got the Scooot.
Thank you Cerebra.
The Scooot Set was originally designed by the team at the Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) and is now manufactured by Leckey.
Julie sent us this lovely video of Cameron enjoying his new Scooot Seat.