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Helping Macsen to Play, Learn and Communicate

By MattWilliams  |  Posted: February 10, 2013

  • Macsen Williams

  • Macsen using the Tobii System with support from his therapist

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Macsen Williams is an amazing 18 month old.  He was born with Cerebral Palsy, has Cortical Visual Impairment as well as other conditions.

Macsen has difficulty playing with traditional toys due to his severe cerebral palsy; therefore he is unable to learn from play as other children do.  He also finds it difficult to communicate his needs and wants due his inability to speak or give hand signals.  Even though this is the case both his parents and his health teams all believe that Macsen had normal intelligence, but is restricted from expressing or using it.

Recently Macsen was invited to trial eye gaze technology by Tobii.  During the 1 hour session he was able to interact with the computer using multiple games all controlled by his eyes.  During this time he showed clear understanding, problem solving skills and intelligence that he has not been able to before.  Here's a youtube video showing how he did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRsTGjrSqR4&sns=em

We are asking for your support to raise money to help buy Macsen a Tobii system, which costs over £6,000.  Having this technology available for Macsenwill allow him to play in a way that other children can, unlock his hidden intelligence and make choices and communicate his needs to his parents and health professionals.  This technology and your support will dramatically change Macsen's life!

If you would like to help, please visit our JustGiving page: http://JustGiving.com/Macsen

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  • MattWilliams  |  February 11 2013, 10:41PM

    One thing I forgot to mention in this post was that the trial we performed at Bobath Children Therapy Centre Wales (http://tinyurl.com/ahkl8tz). These guys have been amazing in the 4 months since we met them and have made an indescribable difference to Macsen's health and life!

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