Alannah

 

 

Six year old Alannah is starting her second year in mainstream school and sharp as a tack. She is also blind and, if not for support like yours, might have found herself in a very different place without ChildVision…

One of the remarkable things about your support of ChildVision is that some children stay with us for a decade or more, and some for just a few years. As you are about to discover with Alannah, both are impactful investments.

Why blind children struggle

She came to us in pre-school, a little blind girl struggling to interact with the world around her. It’s understandable, Alannah’s mum explains – and it’s clear that through ChildVision she has learned a great deal about what her daughter faces:

“When a child sees an object that interests them, they move their bodies to react. They learn to feel and touch and see that object from every angle. In doing these things, their bodies get stronger and their ability to use their hands for more delicate tasks develops naturally. But with a child like Alannah, who is blind, none of that was happening. Being unable to see, you can imagine she was anxious as well about what she was touching. At an early age and on a daily basis she dealt with things that most of us never will.”

Confidence kindled

As a kind supporter of ChildVision you kindled Alannah’s confidence. Therapeutic horse riding sessions built up her stability and upper body strength. Occupational therapy and safe play developed Alannah’s dexterity and sense of touch – stepping stones to braille. Guided group exercises involving everything from crawling through tunnels to action songs promoted mobility and taught her to face challenges head on. Activity programmes to work on at home kept her parents Caroline and Ian involved, and kept Alannah learning and growing.

Forever grateful

Two years on, the hard work that you support has paid off. Alannah is reading and typing braille, alongside her usual school work, and friends in her new school look for her in line to see if she needs help getting to where she needs to go. She even sang in front of the school last Christmas!

Her mum looks back with gratitude. “Everybody is delighted with how well Alannah is doing – something that we can only attribute to her early start with ChildVision and their work in preparing her for the future, not to mention the fact that they opened our eyes as parents. This is something we will never forget and will always be grateful for. To all the staff and donors, we would like to thank you for the help and support you’ve given to us as a family.”

“Everybody is delighted with how well Alannah is doing – something that we can only attribute to her early start with ChildVision and their work in preparing her for the future, not to mention the fact that they opened our eyes as parents. This is something we will never forget and will always be grateful for. To all the staff and donors, we would like to thank you for the help and support you’ve given to us as a family.”
— Alannah’s mum

Alannah reads the braille inscription on a bench.
Alannah plays with a toy.
Alannah walks in the ChildVision gardens.
Alanna touches a leaf.

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Please give what you can to help Alannah and more children like her at ChildVision.

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