LITTLE Nathan Jenkins is having a ball after being handed special sensory toys to help overcome his mystery genetic disorder.
The 15-month-old has been diagnosed with suspected Chromosome Deletion Syndrome, which could see him have developmental problems, severe muscle spasms and visual impairment as he gets older.
The youngster is undergoing a series of pioneering tests at the Centre for Life, in Newcastle, as medics try to understand more about his illness, which is feared to have been passed down through the family of his dad Desmond, 40.
In a bid to improve his condition, charity Tabitha’s Toys has stepped in to donate a range of sensory equipment, specially designed to help children who are disabled and have complex needs.
It is hoped the light ball, fibre optics and bubble lamp will develop Nathan’s motor skills and concentration.
“We were more than happy to help out,” said George Jefferson, from the North East-based group.
Mum Beverley Armstrong, 31, from Castletown, said her four-year-old daughter Chloe, who has cerebral palsy and dystonia, is also benefiting from the gadgets.
“Nathan really loves the lamp and the ball,” she said. “He is taking a bit of time to get used to the fibre optics, but he’ll get there in the end.
“They are a massive help.
“Chloe also uses the toys and they really help them keep calm and concentrate.
“The lights will also help with their motor development.”
Beverley, who is also mum to Caitlin, seven, and Brandon, six, is full-time carer to the children.
She thanked Washington-based garage Little Bills, which has helped keep the family car on the road.
“We’ve been given so much help,” she added. “People have been amazing. We can’t thank them enough.”