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On Thursday 10th May, Year five had the incredible experience of meeting Paddy and his mum, Gemma. Each class took part in a workshop which explained how and why Paddy is different to us. Gemma then discussed how Paddy is supported in day to day life, allowing him to access similar experiences to other children of his age. The classes listened carefully to Gemma explain how Paddy is ‘differently able’ to other children and so therefore needs specialist equipment and ways of doing things, to help him throughout the day.
Each child took part in a series of fun and interactive activities, trying food, playing with Paddy’s toys and experiencing his wheel chair and working his sling lift. They also looked at photos of Paddy and discussed what he might be communicating in them and also carried out some colouring activities wearing glasses that replicated various vision impairments.
The children loved meeting Paddy and learnt a huge amount during their workshop. We look forward to seeing Paddy out and about and around school, using the sign language we were taught, to say “hello”. We would like to say a huge thank you to Paddy and Gemma for coming in and sharing their story with us and their vision for a world that is accepting of all, something we all feel able to be a part of.