The mother of a young Flinders boy with autism has today been given a disability stroller to help her to be able to take her son on family outings, thanks to KidzWish and the Greater Building Society.
Greater Building Society Shellharbour branch manager Brendan White presented the “Do Buggy” to Nathan and his mother Stephanie Ivanovski at the KidzWish Giving Tree at Stockland Shellharbour.
Four year old Nathan Ivanovski is living with high need (level three) Autism. He has difficulty following instructions, reduced social interaction and play skills, poor eye contact, significant differences in sensory processing, delayed gross and fine motor development, poor motor planning, difficulties with self-care skills and behavioural issues. Nathan often runs away when he feels sensory overload making family outings quite difficult.
Mrs Ivanovski and Nathan have trialed the stroller. She said the stroller will mean they can go out as a family as it helps Nathan to stay calm and feel secure.
“Nathan’s body seems to relax when he is fastened in the stroller,” Mrs Ivanovski said. “Nathan and I will be able to go places where, before I might have thought it was too difficult to take him,” she said.
“The more places we go, the more opportunities Nathan has to practice his social skills.”
Nathan is currently involved with KidzWish Music and Dance Program too.
Greater Building Society Shellharbour branch manager Brendan White said the wish was granted as part of the KidzWish Giving Tree program, sponsored by The Greater and Stockland Shellharbour.
The program provides equipment to improve the general health and independence of Illawarra and South Coast children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability. The Greater has provided $25,000 to the program and contributed to the cost of a giant giving tree at Stockland Shellharbour to raise a further $35,000 in funds from the community.
“It is a great pleasure that we can help Nathan and his mum to be able to enjoy simple family outings; something many of us take for granted,” Mr White said.
“The Greater has helped grant wishes for fourteen Illawarra and South Coast kids ranging from basketball wheelchairs, orthotics, dry night nappies, and other communication software.”
Mr White urged local people to get behind KidzWish and help local families by purchasing a personalised leaf for the tree at any of the Greater’s six Illawarra branches, the Stockland Shellharbour Customer Care Desk or online by clicking here. All proceeds go to helping grant other wishes.