Hart full of sup­port for young chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

FOR more than 30 years, since its open­ing in 1986, the Dalby South State School Early Child­hood De­vel­op­men­tal Pro­gram has pro­vided sup­port to young chil­dren with low-in­ci­dence dis­abil­i­ties in Dalby and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The ECDP is run by Amelia Hart, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher with 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, who works closely with young chil­dren and their par­ents dur­ing the early years of devel­op­ment.

El­i­gi­ble chil­dren can ac­cess the pro­gram at Dalby South State School from birth to five years of age and can also at­tend the reg­u­lar kinder­garten and day care pro­grams in Dalby.

Dur­ing the sup­port pro­vided, Ms Hart fo­cuses on meet­ing the spe­cific de­vel­op­men­tal needs of each child, with the over­all aim of fos­ter­ing the child’s devel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, mo­tor skills and think­ing skills.

Ms Hart said she finds her role work­ing with young chil­dren and their fam­i­lies very re­ward­ing, par­tic­u­larly as she sup­ports them on their jour­ney to start­ing school.

The sup­port­ive team that works with Ms Hart in­cludes a phys­io­ther­a­pist, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist and speech lan­guage pathol­o­gist, who all as­sist in pro­vid­ing a pro­gram de­signed to suit the spe­cific needs of each child.

Par­ents are wel­come to make in­quiries about eli­gi­bil­ity for the pro­gram through the Dalby South State School of­fice on 4672 3888 or online at www. dal­bysoutss.eq.edu.au.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

RE­WARD­ING PRO­FES­SION: Dalby South State School ECDP teacher Amelia Hart en­joys her role.

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