James was born 10 weeks prematurely in January 2014. From a young age his parents were told that it was very likely that their son would have significant mobility difficulties due to cerebral palsy.
In early 2016, we received a referral from his physiotherapist for a Wizzybug.
James’ dad told us his son’s Wizzybug story so far: “Last November we drove a very excited little boy down to Designability to meet ‘Wizzy’. The very friendly team at Designability adjusted Wizzy to ensure a correct fit for James and we were given instruction in using it, including disassembling and reassembling when transporting Wizzy around. James then had his first drive - learning how to go and, more importantly for the sake of the walls, furniture and those present, how to stop! Wizzy then came home with us that day and the real fun began. “James was thrilled that he was now able to move independently, albeit the first few weeks this was primarily forwards and backwards requiring help with any manoeuvring. He did devise a new way of getting Wizzy through doorways that involved turning Wizzy side-ways, almost getting stuck and then shooting through like a cork out of a bottle! “The highlight in these early days was when one of his older, grown-up sisters invented the game called ‘let’s all try and dodge while James drives Wizzy at us’, much to his amusement! “We then began taking James outside in Wizzy as his control was slowly getting better. He enjoys taking it on the local skate park to go up and down the low ramps. Doing this on a frosty morning has resulted in some ‘heart in mouth’ moments for me and his mum and lots of laughing for James! “In the last couple of weeks, his skill and control has increased every time he uses Wizzy. He can now drive and manoeuvre without help for a considerable distance outdoors and, when he’s indoors, he is able to negotiate his way from room to room confidently without resorting to going sideways through doors! “Having a Wizzybug has not only given James an enormous amount of fun, but has im-proved his fine motor skills and spatial awareness. Most importantly, Wizzy has given him his first real taste of independence."