From Walking with Dinosaurs to Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step has appointed a new classroom assistant, who has a rather unusual CV, at its Runcorn centre. Adam Taylor, from Liverpool, was previously a ‘Dino Driver’ for the world-famous Walking with Dinosaurs show, operating a gigantic brachiosaurus and stegosaurus (aka Mama Brach and Steg), while sat inside the huge life-size creatures.

Adam with Dottie

Adam, 34, a graduate in Sound Technology from LIPA, travelled the world with the touring show, visiting countries all over Europe and South East Asia, including Russia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan. Each mammoth model had its own truck and several engineers responsible for it, as well as its own driver, like Adam. Complex choreography, state-of-the-art technology and split-second timing was key to the show’s triumph.

After several successful years, the dinosaur show was sadly declared extinct and Adam started looking for a new challenge. He was interested in working with children and wanted to do something that would make a difference. Adam’s wife Andi is a conductive education specialist and works at Stick ‘n’ Step as a conductor. Intrigued by her stories of what Stick ‘n’ Step’s work achieves for children with cerebral palsy, Adam spent some time at the Runcorn centre as a volunteer. He soon realised he had found a new area of work that he could throw himself into and when a position of classroom assistant came up, he applied straightaway.

Adam says, “Working with the dinosaurs, I travelled the world and saw some amazing things. However, my work at Stick ‘n’ Step has been a truly eye-opening experience. Seeing the struggles that these children face with everyday tasks that the rest of us take for granted has made me realise how very lucky I have been. Witnessing every day how conductive education can help them live more independently and reach their own full potential is really incredible. I feel so privileged to be a part of the team.”

Interim CEO, Jenny Snell, says, “When he started volunteering with us, Adam had great rapport with the children immediately and it soon became obvious he was the ideal candidate for the classroom assistant position. At the moment, owing to lockdown, only our nursery age children are attending face to face classes in the centre. We’re all looking forward to being back in the classroom together again soon. In the meantime, we are putting Adam’s considerable IT skills to good use to help us with our online classes while we support the rest of our children remotely!”

Stick ‘n’ Step offers support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. The charity provides the children with totally free of charge conductive education sessions, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live more independent lives.  Over 100 children from across the region usually attend these sessions weekly or twice weekly at the charity’s Wallasey and Runcorn centres.

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