Learning delays centre opens
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.
Peta Coghlan’s daughter is a student at Cognilab.