David Shamblin is a UCF engineering student with a penchant for fixing things. "I love solving problems," he says. David can spend hours tinkering with stuff, mostly discarded electronics. David and Edward came together through David's wife, Sabrina, who is an occupational therapist. Despite being an embarrassment for Sabrina, David's junk piles held a key that would help Edward start tackling some of his problems.
David cobbled together an LCD screen with a button, that when pressed by Edward, would play a video of the Nickelodeon program "Yo Gabba Gabba." When Edward picked up the device and began to play with it, his mother noticed an immediate change. "She said she could see something change in his eyes," David explained. "And after about 10 minutes, we saw his hand, he picked up his hand and he threw it on the button, and we were so excited," Sabrina added.
Five years with little progress, and Edward turned a corner just like that. "He's starting to learn to move across the mat, to touch his button, to play his favorite video," says Sabrina. And that's giving Edward's mother a little peace. "It's given me hope that he can do things that other kids do."