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cerebral palsy circus antics Running away to the circus has taken on a whole new meaning for seven-year-old Adelaide boy, Diezel, who has cerebral palsy. right side and speech. He uses a wheelchair or chair for mobility – except when he’s attending Lolly Jar Circus, where he continues to take everyone’s breath away and enjoys a Since he started to attend weekly great bond with his trainer, Jono. Lolly Jar Circus classes a year ago, Diezel’s confidence has skyrocketed “Participants have a lot of fun and his right arm and core muscles tumbling, stilt-walking, hula hooping have been strengthened. and juggling,” says Lolly Jar Circus chief executive Judy Bowden. Diezel’s mum, Laura Pinos, said Diezel and his twin sister, Dakota, “Participants improve their physical were born prematurely but there health and emotional wellbeing were no major health concerns at through activity without the stress of birth. competition. They gain self-esteem through daring to try new skills, facing “It wasn’t until six months old that failure, persisting and succeeding. we started to think there might be There is an activity to suit every something wrong. Diezel wasn’t person and everyone has fun.” meeting the same milestones as his twin sister, such as sitting, crawling Lolly Jar Circus offers weekly and holding his bottle.” classes in Adelaide for people aged 3-26 as well as outreach services Diezel was diagnosed with cerebral for the corporate and community palsy just before his first birthday, sectors guided by qualified trainers with the condition affecting his and volunteers. “SPILLWEAR” by Available in 3 colours: · NDIS provider · Lightweight and crush resistant · Featuring a resin zipper · Available in 3 distinctive patterns Visit us at www.thecaringfactor.com or call Marianne 0450 855 373 or Margarete 0450 868 363 44 cerebral palsy linkonline.com.au