2-year-old Zakariya Hashi is starting to explore the world with the assistance of his new stroller additions thanks to a Therapy Focus GIVE grant.
Little Zaki has difficulty in some areas of development such as mealtimes, mobility and positioning. Zakariya and family are working with their therapy focus team to develop progress towards goals in these areas.
Zaki is showing great gains in his mobility and development. He loves to roll himself on the floor and is learning to sit on his own. Zaki requires some additional supports in seating to help him maintain sitting posture and head control.
After applying for a GIVE grant, Zaki’s family received their stroller additions, a UV shade cover to fit with his Shuttle Discovery Seat Unit and Verve Buggy, he had already gotten from CAEP funding. In addition to the shade cover, he also received a Verve sibling seat so Zaki’s new sibling, Zubeyr, could ride in the stroller with him and there would be enough UV protection for a both of them.
Therapy Focus therapists Melissa Athanassiou and Laura Martin have seen excellent improvement with Zaki and continue to work with him and his family to strengthen his body and improve his mobility.
Melissa said she was really happy with the Discovery Shuttle seating system.
“This seating system is supporting Zaki to have a safe seated position for mealtimes and play. The sunshade and additional baby carrier are accessories that support the whole family to access the community together.”
Zaki’s father, Abdifatah Hassan said that although Zaki hadn’t had the system very long, it had been very helpful.
“The stroller and seating unit has helped him quite well and in the short time he’s had it, he’s really enjoyed it,” he said.
“We are looking forward to using the stroller more and taking Zaki to see the world around him.”
Abdifatah Hassan, Zaki’s father
The UV protector was an important item because Zaki has a cortical visual impairment and is sensitive to light. Now he has this item, the family will be able to attend parks and local community events, whilst ensuring Zaki and his new sibling are protected from the sun.
Mr Hassan said the GIVE program was important because people who needed it the most, would be able to get items to better their lives.
“In the future, I just want Zaki to be happy, helped and loved,” he said.