Timmy joined STaR and Top Ryde Early Learning in January this year. Since then, he has come a long way. In June, he celebrated his 4th birthday with his peers and educators.
Born prematurely in Fiji, Timmy was cared for by the nurses at the hospital until Susan and Antony, Australians engaged in missionary work in Fiji, became his parents. The family returned to Australia when Timmy was around two and a half years old. He was then formally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
Timmy is a happy and valued member of the Top Ryde Early Learning community. At the service’s Family BBQ and Raffle in February, the community raised funds to contribute towards a $7000 walker to aide Timmy’s gross motor development.
Despite the long wait for his walker, Timmy has become so comfortable in his environment that he rolls himself to access different activities at the centre. With support from his educators and peers, Timmy’s social skills and functional play skills have improved. The educators have also been able to support Timmy’s communication development through collaboration with his speech and occupational therapists. They are excited to see Timmy continue to grow in confidence.
Susan is very happy with Timmy’s progress and the on-going support he receives from STaR: “I’m very thankful for The STaR Association as they’ve shared their wisdom and experience with such passion, honesty and humour. I always come away from the meetings feeling inspired, encouraged and most importantly, that I’m not on this journey alone.”