Speech Pathology Week 2017

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, Early Connections encourages parents to think about their children’s communication. Continue Reading Speech Pathology Week 2017

Seeking support early for children with communication disabilities is life changing

Early Connections Alliance encourage parents to seek support early if there are warning signs of learning delays and difficulties.

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, the Alliance encourages parents to think about their children’s communication and if they are concerned they can call for advice about Early Childhood Intervention, the NDIS and supports currently available.

The Alliance supports Speech Pathology Australia’s call for greater action to ensure communication accessibility for all.

“Developmental language disorder affects between five and eight per cent of children Australia-wide. But with the right intervention everyone can participate fully and be included in the community,” said Caryn Maher, Manager, Early Connections Coffs Coast.

“Early Childhood Intervention is key to help children with communication disabilities. Like mobility or wheelchair access, communication access enables people with communication disorders to get their message across by removing barriers to communication or providing extra strategies,” added Caryn.

What is communication accessibility?

“Communication accessibility can be as easy as rephrasing your question in simple language, using pictures, writing, gestures or symbols to help get across your message.

“For businesses, it might mean including plain English signage with symbols and pictures as well as words; or training staff so they are able to communicate successfully with a person with a communication difficulty.”

Early Connections Alliance is a network of five registered not for profits working together to create a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid North Coast.

“Our communities need to be accessible for everyone, including people with communication difficulties, physical disabilities, reading difficulties, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual disability,” added Caryn.

Building communication accessibility will ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Contact us to find out more. 

MyTime for Term 3

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers. Join us for MyTime for Term 3 every Friday starting 28 July 2017. Continue Reading MyTime for Term 3

Join us for MyTime for Term 3 every Friday starting 28 July 2017.

Click Here to view this Term’s calendar.

Our MyTime group provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role.

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers – including mums, dads, grandparents and the principal carer – who are eligible for the Carer Allowance (Child) for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Parents and carers can:

•  meet others in similar circumstances
•  have fun, hear from others and share experiences
•  find out about available community support
•  get extra parenting information and skills development
•  make time for themselves while children play, supported by a play helper.

Depending on what the group wants to do, our facilitator will guide group activities or provide resources.

MyTime Calendar Term 1

Join us for MyTime where parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role. Continue Reading MyTime Calendar Term 1

MyTime groups provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Join us every Friday during Term 1 and connect with other families. It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy. It’s support for you.

Parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role.

Caring for a child with a disability is often described as a journey. MyTime can introduce you to others on a similar journey, who can help you find your way.

Click Here to view MyTime Term 1 calendar.