Learn­ing de­lays cen­tre opens

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By CAITLIN TILLER

AF­TER her daugh­ter’s mid-year kinder­garten re­view, alarm bells started to go off for Peta Cogh­lan.

Mrs Cough­lan said she wanted to dive in and deal with a learn­ing de­lay im­me­di­ately rather than wait­ing un­til it was a big­ger is­sue for her four-year-old daugh­ter.

“We didn’t pick up that the ba­sics ( for our daugh­ter) just weren’t there,” she said.

“You think, ‘they’re only five,’ but ba­si­cally you end up with a child work­ing next to kids who can do cer­tain things and then your child thinks, ‘why can’t I do that?’ ”

Af­ter en­rolling her daugh­ter in an in­ten­sive education pro­gram with Cog­ni­lab, Mrs Cogh­lan said she no­ticed a big dif­fer­ence.

The cen­tre, which opened in Clare­mont last week, pro­vides in­ten­sive ed­u­ca­tional sup­port for chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing learn­ing de­lays or with dis­abil­i­ties such as autism.

“It’s given her the con­fi­dence to try things, make eye con­tact and speak to peo­ple,” Mrs Cogh­lan said.

“Not only has it helped in school, it’s helped with home life as well. This sum­mer hol­i­days has been one of the hap­pi­est school hol­i­days we’ve had,” she said.

“Be­fore she started in Oc­to­ber, she couldn’t talk on the phone so it was a real mile­stone when she first called me and spoke to me.”

Cog­ni­lab clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Mandy Ma­son said a lack of con­fi­dence could af­fect the so­cial life, be­hav­iour and learn­ing of stu­dents.

“It’s about break­ing things down into small com­po­nents and skills and giv­ing stu­dents lots of praise for get­ting things right,” she said.

“You start small with lots of pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment and the con­sis­tency and fol­low through at home is why Peta’s had such suc­cess.”

Mrs Ma­son said she tra­di­tion­ally worked with chil­dren with aca­demic de­lays and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

She said the stu­dent would be the first “grad­u­ate” from the Avion Way fa­cil­ity in Jan­uary.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d448410

Peta Cogh­lan’s daugh­ter is a stu­dent at Cog­ni­lab.

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