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. 

Thank You Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft

A very big thank you to Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft for their generous donation to our local Early Intervention Service supporting young children with disabilities. Continue Reading Thank You Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft

A very big thank you to Coffs Quilters & Needlecraft for their generous donation to our local Early Intervention Service supporting young children with disabilities.

There is always a shortfall in the money we receive in government grants and the real cost of running a service. Support from groups on the Coffs Coast such as this make a difference in the services we are able to offer local families.

We can’t thank our local community enough for their wonderful support of Early Connections – Coffs Coast.

About Us Whiteboard Animation

View our latest Whiteboard Animation on the quality Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Services we provide at Early Connections. Continue Reading About Us Whiteboard Animation

Take a peek at our latest Whiteboard Animation.

 

Early Connections – About Us

Posted by Early Connections – Coffs Coast on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

The Early Connections Alliance is a collaborative network of five not for profit community based organisations on the Mid-North Coast servicing the Coffs Coast to Manning & Great Lakes. For the past 25 years or more, all 5 organisations have built a dedicated team of professionals delivering quality Early Childhood Intervention Programs in each local area.

Our alliance aims to support the development of a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network and continue to provide quality supports to children and families.

We provide education and therapy to support families with a child birth to 8 years of age. To ensure the best outcomes for families and children each service adopts a family centered approach to:

  • Work together to create a team around your child.
  • Create inclusive communities.
  • Strengthen your child’s ability to thrive.

To learn more, call us today on (02) 6652 8080.

NDIS Information Evening Session

Early Connections – Coffs Coast will be hosting an NDIS information evening session on Monday, 1 May 2017 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Continue Reading NDIS Information Evening Session

If you missed our last one, Early Connections – Coffs Coast will be hosting an NDIS information evening session on Monday, 1 May 2017 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm for all families currently accessing our program and supports.

Join us as we discuss what the NDIS means for you, how you can prepare and how you can get the most out it.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Click Here to download your Information Flyer.

Amart Community Kickbacks Sports

Did you know our organisation has been selected to participate in the Amart Community Kickbacks Sports as in-store credit to spend on our programs! Continue Reading Amart Community Kickbacks Sports

Did you know our organisation has been selected to participate in the Amart Community Kickbacks Sports as in-store credit to spend on our programs!

All you need to do is join Team Amart, select Early Connections – Coffs Coast from the list of participating groups and swipe your loyalty card every time you make a purchase at Amart Sports.

You’ll receive access to great member prices and other benefits and Early Connections – Coffs Coast will receive a 5% credit from everything you spend.