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01 May 2020

​BubbleBuster Benjamin – locked down but not locked out!

We’ve been loaning a BubbleBuster robot to six-year-old Benjamin ever since last September, following a request from his mum, Katy. The ‘telepresent’ robot from No Isolation is controlled remotely by Benjamin using an iPad.

Before the loan, he’d already missed a great deal of time from school due to treatment for Leukaemia. The robot has been invaluable because, even at those times when he has been well enough to attend school personally, he was still prevented from going a lot of the time because of the risk of catching illnesses from the other children over the winter period.

His chemotherapy doesn’t finish until the end of October or the beginning of November of this year and he’ll then have to take the same precautions for another six months afterwards. As a result, his on-off school attendance will continue for at least another year.

Katy feels that knowing the robot is ‘ready and waiting’, available for those times whenever he can’t attend school himself, is invaluable to him:

“Before the loan, he felt very isolated and his confidence suffered from being unable to go to school for long periods of time. As well as his education, he was missing out on the social interaction too. As a result, I was very concerned about his mental health as well as his education. The robot has helped him stay connected with his friends, helped him feel a part of school life and helped to prevent him from falling too far behind with his education. His friends also love the robot, I must say, because he makes it perform all of its facial expressions and spin the head round too, and he’ll say “Look what my robot can do!”

Below: (l) A No Isolation robot in the classroom, (r) Benjamin with iPad (circled) controlling the robot at school.

Small robot on school desk, boy writing at home

To add to the challenges of isolation that Benjamin and his mum usually have to deal with, they also have the additional complication of his school currently being closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Furthermore, living in a top floor flat, he has no garden of his own to play outside in during lockdown either. However, he’s still managing to maintain a lifeline with his education thanks to daily online sessions with his tutor.

Despite everything, Benjamin’s remaining remarkably positive as you’ll see from his brief message to the SpecialEffect team and our supporters:

 

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