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Family Story – A testimonial by Charlotte Alice Cooper

Charlotte-Alice-CooperI first had dealings with the team at Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) in 2005 when my three year old daughter was experiencing significant difficulties. It was my first experience as a parent of dealing with professionals outside of the standard needs of any child. I was nervous, did not know what to expect and was very protective of my child. This initial contact started us down a road that lead us to my daughter being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. It meant that she started school with a diagnosis and all of the understanding that goes with that. Although we have had twists and turns in the road since then, she is now a truly wonderful girl of thirteen thriving both socially and academically. I believe that early intervention has been vital to this outcome.

Having had such a positive experience with my daughter I did not hesitate to use the support of the Early Intervention Team, when it became apparent that my son was experiencing substantial challenges. I connected with ECIP before his formal diagnosis. I have found the entire team to be truly outstanding. They all take the time to really listen and extend their care and support beyond the clinical needs of the child. I have felt deeply supported by ECIP throughout my son’s diagnosis process and ongoing care. They are a wealth of knowledge, which is backed up by guest speakers, workshops information sessions and many other programs.

I came to live in the Coffs Harbour area, with two small children, in 2003 and have mixed with many other parents over the last twelve years. I have only ever heard positive things about ECIP, which I can say would be completely backed up by my own experience. I could not recommend ECIP more highly and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the support they have given to me and my family.

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