Isabel is five and lives with mum Rebecca and dad Edward and older brother Matthew. Like many little girls she loves Disney Princesses, engaging in role play and playing games. Isabel has left-sided hemiplegia and is partially sighted following a stroke when she was only one year old. Rebecca decided to apply to Family Fund after Edward was made redundant.

“Isabel’s condition impacts majorly on every aspect of the day. Her stroke has dramatically changed family life.  Isabel requires far more of my time and far more assistance especially with things like personal care and we have to do daily physio at home throughout the day. We can’t do normal days out or stay at parties like most kids as she gets tired easily. Isabel has poor concentration and at times behaviour issues.”

In October 2014, Rebecca asked for help with an iPad. “Isabel no longer has to sit straight in front of the TV in order to watch a programme, she can just use her iPad instead to watch videos on YouTube and programmes on CBeebies. This is great for Isabel as it’s far less tiring for her to try and take in what’s happening on a smaller screen. It’s also great for her sibling too as he used to get annoyed when Isabel would stand in front of the TV.

"She now uses specific apps to help her hemiplegic hand. It’s also helping her now with her education, with apps like “AlphaBlocks” as she tires easily at school and finds it difficult to concentrate. We try to do everything we can at home to help her progress in school."

“It’s been fantastic for Isabel to have a tablet of her own, rather than have to take her turn on the family tablet. There are fewer disagreements now that Isabel doesn’t have to have such restricted time on it. Being able to use iPlayer and YouTube is much easier for her and it gives her “time out” when she comes in from school and is overwhelmed.”

“We sit the iPad on my lap and she will use her hemiplegic hand to complete tasks, these tasks are helping with her sight and motor ability as well as being fun to use. It’s always good to find another way to encourage her to do her physio while she thinks she’s playing.”