Harry Annable, Staffordshire playing with one of the toys

Harry Annable, Staffordshire playing with one of the toys

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children always seems to find a way to make things happen – and its latest service is an extension of its popular Play Therapy Pod loans, to now support development of children under the age of three.

With the help of a dedicated play therapist, Newlife has overcome difficulties in identifying age appropriate specialist toys and has developed Play Therapy Pods (PTPs) suitable for birth to 18 months and 18 months to three years. Each age category PTP contains visual, auditory, tactile and interactive toys to really stimulate the senses.

Life-limited two-year-old Harry Annable, from Staffordshire, is one of the first children to benefit. His mum Kerry said: “Harry absolutely loves some of the toys in the Pod, which was great for letting us know what he likes and giving us ideas for Christmas!

“Special needs toys and equipment are terribly expensive and it’s a lot of money to spend if they aren’t right for your child, so this is a chance to try them out first and see which they respond to. We are really grateful to Newlife and Harry is getting a lot of enjoyment from them.”

The Pod is also helping Harry play with his brothers Charlie, aged five, and Thomas, aged 11. Kerry added: “Charlie was very eager to show Harry how all the toys worked when they arrived and it gives them the chance to really play together!”

Application forms are available online by going to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk/docs11/publications_pdf/PTP-Application-Form-Nov-15.pdf

All loans, for 12 to 16 weeks, are free of charge, and Pods are delivered and collected direct from families’ homes anywhere in the UK.

The service is being developed to include a further 80 infant PTPs, split evenly between the two age categories. There are an additional 306 Pods for older children.

Further information about Play Therapy Pods is available from www.newlifecharity.co.uk/docs11/publications_pdf/play_therapy_pods.pdf

Information about the full range of Newlife equipment grant and loan services can be found at www.newlifecharity.co.uk or by contacting the charity’s Care Services Team on 0800 902 0095 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).