Help from special people
By GEOFF LEWIS
Hamilton Press August 5 2015
Originally from Britain, Te Papa came to New Zealand 11 years ago, moving to Hamilton in 2009 where she joined Parent to Parent – an organisation which supports families of children with disabilities and impairments.
Her first son, Hayden, now 8, has spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy. Other than that, he is a very bright boy.
Three years ago second son Harrison arrived and while things seemed normal at the outset, he was eventually diagnosed with autism and a severe processing disorder. Otherwise also a very bright boy.
‘‘Being able to turn to Parent to Parent has been really good,’’ Te Papa said.
Hamilton mum Samantha Te Papa, with sons Hayden, 8, and Harrison, 3, says Parent to Parent was a lifesaver/PHOTO BRUCE MILLER