Our Stories - Ewan McNiven Story

Devoted mum Lynsey McNiven has equipped herself with a battery of skills to bring on her four-year-old son, Ewan.

The young lad has been diagnosed Autistic and ‘non-verbal’ which would otherwise make him difficult to understand.

However, Lynsey has read up on a variety of programmes and treatments which have proved successful in extending kids’ ability to learn.

Ewan goes through three hours of therapy every morning, takes biomedical supplements and has responded well to the specialist training, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

Now, thanks to the Teddy Bear Foundation,  Lynsey has another string to her bow – a shiny new Apple iPad.

The technological wonder tool has proved a big hit with Autistic children, who tend to work well with technology.

Explained Lynsey:”It basically gives him the opportunity to talk and express himself.

“He can use his hands to set off fireworks on the screen.

“And he can hear if he has selected the right colour through an audible message from the computer.”

Educationally, it also promises to improve his understanding as similar software is used at his special needs nursery in Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Added Lynsey:”We wanted to get an iPad because we were sure Ewan would benefit from it.

“I really didn’t know where to turn, so I Googled ‘children charity Scotland’ and the Teddy bear Foundation came up.

“Our request seemed to go through really quickly.  I wasn’t even asked to provide any evidence of disability.

“It was great getting the funding we needed, particularly at a time when everyone seems to be cutting back.”

Ewan McNiven

Ewan McNiven and his mum, Lynsey, get to know his new iPad.

Ewan McNiven

Ewan McNiven enjoys a new world of learning.


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