New car seat gives autistic boy the freedom to travel
A 5-year-old disabled boy from Mexborough, in South Yorkshire, has received a specialist car seat that will allow him to go out more and travel with his family.
Freddie Duty, a pupil at St Albans RC in Denaby, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. His condition means that he requires constant supervision as he has a lack of special awareness and has no sense of danger.
His mum, Evonne says that because Freddie is tall for his age normal car seats are unsuitable for him. As she explained: “When he becomes restless he can climb out of a normal car seat, due to his size. He also likes snug and comforting surroundings and the standard seats are just too small to give him this environment.”
As a result travelling in the car became a stressful experience so Evonne and her husband, Dean decided to buy a specialist seat for their son. However, she was staggered when she discovered the cost. She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told that the seat that Freddie needed was £650. It was way out of our budget and we resigned ourselves to spending more time at home.”
But now, thanks to Caudwell Children, Freddie is set to hit the road again. As Evonne explained: “The charity gave us the fundraising support that we needed to buy the chair. It’s fantastic and Freddie loves it.
“When we went to look at it Freddie climbed in without any fuss. It’s got a high adjustable head support, which keeps him relaxed, a 5-point safety harness, which clips between the chest pads and prevents him from getting out of the chair, and deep, softly padded side wings for maximum comfort.
“We can’t thank the charity enough for their support.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, said: “This car seat will improve Freddie’s life immeasurably and it will stop him and his family from becoming prisoners in their own home.
“Unbelievably, 75% of families with disabled children feel so isolated that it has caused anxiety and depression, so the provision of this car seat will be vital for the wellbeing of Freddie and his family. With continued support from members of the public we can support children like Freddie, giving them the specialist equipment that they so desperately need and deserve.”
You and donate to Caudwell Children here.