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A place to learn and grow: Amir's Story
Amir’s* family was very isolated during his early years as they had no extended family living in Australia and they didn’t know any other families with young children. Amir’s mum, Nisha, and dad, Shaan, are originally from Nepal and were unable to enrol Amir in child care until they had received Permanent Residency status and could access Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to assist with child care costs.
As first time parents, Nisha and Shaan didn’t realise that Amir was not reaching milestones across some areas of his development. It was only when he started child care at almost three, and they saw other children of Amir’s age, that they realised that his development was significantly behind that of his peers.
When he started in our Johnson House centre Amir had very limited verbal skills, was unable to feed himself independently and did not know how to socialise and interact appropriately with other children.
The transition to child care was traumatic for Amir, and although Nisha and Shaan felt it was important for him to help him to learn and make friends, he found it extremely difficult to separate from his parents and he did not engage in the play-based educational program.
When Amir had still not settled into Johnson House after two months his family and educators knew that this space was not working for him, and a new strategy was needed. It was decided to try enrolling Amir in our Gorton House toddler program at the beginning of 2019, as this centre’s larger outdoor space and capacity for free-flow indoor and outdoor play might give Amir better opportunities to build his confidence and feel secure in child care.
Amir was also diagnosed with a global developmental delay in early 2019. Our integrated team of centre directors, educators and allied health specialists (occupational therapists, speech pathologists and social workers) began working collaboratively with Nisha and Shaan to implement individual and consistent strategies to support Amir’s learning and development in the centre and at home.
Amir settled well into Gorton House toddlers and he quickly bonded with his new educators. With their support, and that of our onsite speech pathologists and occupational therapists, Amir began to participate in the daily program. He has made great progress and can now use some words to communicate his needs, wants and choices, feed himself with adult support and engages more frequently and positively in play and interactions with other children. Amir made a smooth transition to Gorton House’s preschool room at the beginning of this year, and he enjoyed participating in a ‘Building Social Skills’ integrated small group, facilitated by an educator and occupational therapist.
Nisha and Shaan were relieved to learn that Amir doesn’t have to start school until 2022, as this means that he can spend another year in Gorton House preschool, getting ready for this next big step, which they anticipate will be a positive one!
“It is wonderful how welcome we feel at The Infants’ Home. The educators, speech pathologists and occupation therapists are always keen to share ideas and strategies with us to support Amir, and they love to celebrate his wins and achievements with us.” — Nisha, Amir’s mum
*Names have been changed for privacy.
Please consider giving today and make your tax deductible donation to The Infants’ Home to help us continue providing services to children and families in need of integrated early childhood education and care and early intervention, and family support.
How your donation can help
$50 can help provide inclusive music, movement and therapy services to children as part of their child care activities.
Home Support for a Family/ Family Support
$150 can enable our social workers to visit families in their own homes to provide advice and support and to help them to connect with services and resources in the community.
Help a Child Start School
$500 can enable our educators and allied health team to work collaboratively with individual families to help children with additional needs to transition to school successfully.
How you can donate
There are many ways you can make a donation:
- You can make either a one-off or recurring (e.g. monthly) donation through our website
- You can write a cheque to The Infants’ Home and post it to us at 17 Henry Street, Ashfield NSW 2131
- You can donate via credit card over the phone on this number (02) 9799-4844
Donations over $2 are tax deductible. The Infants’ Home is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient by The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
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