A NINE-YEAR-OLD autistic boy from East Staffordshire is set to receive a boost from a leading charity that provides toys to children with developmental disorders.
Jacob Naunton from Brizlincote Valley was diagnosed with autism and learning difficulties and has previously received support from Newlife, a charity providing essential equipment to children with disabilities including wheelchairs, beds, walking frames, safety equipment and communication aids to children throughout the UK.
Jacob, a pupil at The Fountains School in Bitham Lane, Stretton, has already had two play therapy pod loans from Newlife and now his family are applying for a third. His mum Julie says that he is ‘always on the go’ and that using the sensory toys helps to calm him and focus his attention. She said: “Jacob is into everything and is more like a toddler than a nine-year-old. It’s good for him to try different toys and having a play therapy pod loan means we can judge what he really like so we don’t waste our money on expensive items that don’t hold his attention.
He has previously trialled ‘visual’ and ‘tactile’ boxes, with visual toys proving to have a positive influence on his behaviour during the evening. Julie added: “He loves the toys which cast shapes and patterns on surfaces and will watch them for ages. Things like this, particularly at bedtime, have a calming affect on him.”