In many respects, Jaecob is a typical, energetic, happy and outgoing three year old. Except that Jaecob has a spinal cord injury that has left him paraplegic with no sensation or strength in his trunk or legs.
Sam has Cerebral Palsy, a condition which limits his movement, posture and consequently his co-ordination. It means Sam needs help with everyday activities like washing, dressing and just carrying things. He cannot leave the house without full time support.
Three year old James finds it extremely difficult to move his limbs; a consequence of Cerebral Palsy. Yet his outgoing nature means he always wants to join in activities with his friends at nursery and his older brothers at home.
Dingley, Family and Specialist Early Years Centres, provide places for children, from birth to age five, who have additional needs and disabilities. Many of the children are not able to access mainstream activities.