Families often talk about the range of strong emotions experienced around the time of diagnosis of disability for their child and there is research sbout the influence of the way a diagnosis is received impacting on families for years to come. In this blog, Jessica Maccallum, Social Worker from the Disability Specialist Unit, Burwood talks about the ways she works with families around the time of diagnosis, and a checklist she uses to ensure information and support is responsively and consistently provided.
Ithia Farah shares an innovative program which supports inclusion through drawing and symbolic representation. As the facilitator, parents and other professionals and children draw their feelings, experiences and opinions, they started to unpack bias.
Rachel Knights, new graduate speech pathologist with EarlyEd reflects on her role when visiting a early childhood setting. Information about the new free Working Together Agreement resource which promotes early childhood inclusion is also included.
Ruby Wright, Children’s Development and Disability Services Manager from Connect Child and Family Services, tells us about an innovative social skills program which is showing positive outcomes for children in schools in the Nepean and Blue Mountains region.