Talia’s joy at new sensory toys

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BRAVE Talia Foster sits enthralled by a mass of colours with her new sensory toys and equipment.

The battling four-year-old has a new pea-pod, lap tray and frame to go with her iPad, all which allow her to sit amazed by the colours, lights and movement - and which help to stimulate her brain.

Her mum, Clair, 38, said Talia has come on leaps and bounds since her state-of-the-art sensory bedroom was completed last year, and said this new equipment will help her develop even more.

“As they say, if you don’t use it you lose it and this is really good for developing Talia’s brain,” said Clair.

“As she uses the iPad and the other sensory equipment she has started using her hands so much more and you see her face light up.”

Clair, also a mum of Callum, 17, and eight-year-old Gabrielle, is delighted with Talia’s development.

The youngster has only suffered with one chest infection since Christmas, whereas she used to battle them on a weekly basis.

She also now only has one or two small daily seizures, a huge improvement on her earlier years when Talia faced hundreds of seizures every day.

The family did face a slight setback recently however as the youngster was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, which causes Talia to register and process information differently.

Clair, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool with husband, Brendan, 37, explained: “It causes her emotions and responses to be different, so if something caused her to cry she might start laughing or the other way round. She can also have emotional breakdowns where she cries for hours on end.

“In the past when this has happened I didn’t know what was the matter with her but now I know it’s linked with this and there’s nothing you can do to stop her, she just needs to stop naturally.

“Also, Talia doesn’t feel pain which can be quite dangerous and it just means we need to keep our eyes on her all of the time.”

Kindhearted residents in Hartlepool have raised more than £30,000 in support of Talia, who is a pupil at Grange Primary School and Springwell Primary School. That money is spent on the specialist equipment and vital physiotherapy sessions.

Talia was previously unable to sit up unaided but last year, thanks to treatment, she managed to make her very first steps helped by physios.