This is Sacha. He’s two years old and already a bit of a character. He finds the world as a whole pretty funny, and has done since he was small. He was born with a distinctive shock of thick brown hair, and loves bashing a bongo and anything else musical.
He has a rare genetic disorder called 2q37 deletion syndrome. This means that he is likely to grow up with both cognitive disabilities and physical difficulties.
But DNA need not always be destiny, and if one intervenes early enough in a child’s development it is possible to substantially improve prospects.
Sacha’s parents and a team of volunteers are thus fundraising for ongoing early intervention to give Sacha the best possible chance of an active and independent life. The first goal is to cover a range of weekly therapies for Sacha for the next year, alongside two trips to the NAPA centre in USA, making the most of the optimum period of neuroplasticity. While it is not entirely clear at this stage how Sacha’s future will map out, the progress he has already made as a result of early intervention strongly indicates that this will make a very substantial difference to his life.