Tobias Meeks

RDA South Australia

"At first Tobias was a shy little boy who hardly spoke, but now he chatters away and gives good, strong voice commands to his pony Rusty"


 

Tobias has Spina Bifida which makes it difficult for him to walk properly. Spina Bifida is characterised by a defective closure of the vertebral (spinal) column, a common cause is lack of folate. There is no cure for the condition and currently occurs in 1 in every 1000 pregnancies.

Tobias started at the RDA Victor Harbor Centre when he as 3 and a half years old and was recommended to his family by Novita Children's Services to RDA.

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 loves to trot a small distance, with support from his sidewalkers who always make sure he does not get too tired. Trotting, for short distances, improves core stability and balance. RDA allows for special adaptions to make horse riding effective depending on the different disabilities. For Tobias, he wears leg supports and a special helmet to protect his shunt for hydrocephalus. Red and blue reins aid learning concepts such as left (blue rein) and right (red rein) directionality.

His smile when he achieves a goal when playing a game is really very special.

Read more about Spina Bifida on our Fact Sheet.