Zack was born seven weeks premature and due to being starved of oxygen at birth he suffered a severe trauma to the brain. Zack has cerebral palsy and is unable to sit or walk independently. He also has epilepsy, is visually impaired and due to an ineffective swallow is fed via a little tube in his tummy.
Despite what may seem a gloomy outlook, Zack is a very happy, bright little boy. He loves being in the thick of things, enjoys going to nursery and loves being with other children. He has a little sister Scarlett, and they both like to go to soft play areas unfortunately for Zack there isn't a lot that he can access at normal play centres, even though he likes going.
We were so excited and delighted that the Warrington Sensory Play Centre opened in Woolston and I think we are very lucky to have such an amazing place for children with special needs and their siblings.
From the sensory area to the clam zone with swing and bouncing frame there is lots to choose from. Zack loves the dark area with the lights and projector but his favourite section has to be the slide (although I think his mum likes it more). Giving Zack access to a multi-sensory environment helps with encouraging his physical and cognitive development, but it also allows just for quiet time, equally as important.
Another plus to the centre is that it allows other parents to meet those who may be in a similar position. Having someone to talk to who understands what you go through on a day to day basis is very important, as sometimes raising a child with special needs can be a lonely road to travel.
I cannot stress how brilliant this centre is, not just for the child but for the whole family. I think we are very lucky to have this on our doorstep.