Tobias has spina bidifia which makes it difficult for him to walk properly. Spina bidifia is characterised by a defective closure of vertebral (spinal) column, a common cause is lack of folate. There is no cure for the condition, and currently it occurs in 1 in every 1000 pregnancies.
He started at Victor Harbor centre in 2012 when he was 3 1/2 years old, and was recommended to his family by Novita Childrens Services to RDA Victor.
At first he was a shy little boy who hardly spoke, but now he chatters away and gives good strong voice commands to his pony "RUSTY" . Tobias wears calipers and a bike helmet , due to the shunt for hydrocephanus (water on the brain).
Tobias loves to trot a small distance, but his sidewalkers are always conscious of his back and make sure he does not get too tired.
His smile when he achieves a goal when playing a game is really very special.