Isaac is a regular visitor to our Sanctuary in Belfast, where he receives life-enhancing donkey-assisted therapy once a week. He was born with Trisomy 21 and this has affected his walking and speech development.
Seeing the donkeys is the highlight of Isaac’s week. During the riding sessions he plays games, which he loves, and which encourage him to practise his sign language, Makaton. This, in turn, helps him to communicate with his family and friends. His mum, Sheena, says that she’s noted many changes in her son since he’s
"When he started at The Donkey Sanctuary he couldn’t walk — now he is walking! Isaac loves riding. He’s always waiting at the door for his turn. We are just thrilled how happy and confident he looks. He used to be extremely nervous about getting on anything high but since being on the donkeys he has ventured onto the play slide, so the outside activities have become a part of his visit, too.
“I have told so many people what a wonderful facility this is. The donkeys seem to have a calming effect and the staff and volunteers who bring the donkeys and children together are marvellous at what they do.”