By Mark Smith
A three-year-old with a severe form of cerebral palsy has astounded her family by painting her first picture – using just her eyes.
Berry Love-Jones, from Cwmdare, near Aberdare, created her debut piece of artwork by using new computer technology which tracks her eye movement and instantly converts it to a cursor on a screen.
Berry can pick her own colours, draw to her heart’s content and then print out her creations to show off to her proud parents.
Devoted mum Madeleine Love said the Eye Gaze machine, which is being used at the Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales, has given her daughter creative freedom and increased her confidence.
In future, it is hoped Berry will be able to use the technology to browse the internet and communicate with her friends and family.
She said: “It was very emotional to see Berry using the computer. I have always had to help her communicate with the world, and watching how quickly she picked up using the equipment – and to witness the joy it gave her – made me very proud as her mother.
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