Meet ‘Baby G’
Meet Gianni Bond (14 months) and his mother Ann-Maree. They’re from Gordon Park in Brisbane and have been joined by Guide Dog puppy ‘Drake’ for a special meeting in our Early Learning Centre.
“Baby G”, as he’s affectionately known by his family, was born with Albinism and also has the eye condition INS or Infant Nystagmus Syndrome.
“Baby G” has been coming to the Early Learning Centre now for over a year and Mum Ann-Maree has noticed a significant change in his development and awareness. The goal of the Early Learning and Development program is to build the foundations in blind and vision impaired children aged from newborn to three years of age, through structured play and activities. This helps the child to grow into a confident, independent adult.
“When Gianni first came to us, he was three months old and not independently moving,” Vicki Anderson, his Orientation and Mobility instructor said.
“We have been working on getting him up and reaching outwards expanding his spatial awareness. And what a change it’s made. Gianni is now walking confidently and loves exploring not only the Early Learning Centre, but the whole Rehab Centre. It’s hard to keep up with him now. He is a vibrant, lively young lad and a pleasure to work with.”
Mum Ann-Maree cannot be more pleased with how her beautiful boy is developing, thanks to the support “Baby G” and her family are receiving.
“We are all looking forward to the continued opportunity to bring “Baby G” to Guide Dogs Queensland for further training and development. We can already see the difference it is making in his life.”