MyTime cares for carers
PARENTHOOD is never easy, but having a child with a disability is something no one on the outside can ever fully understand.
Many parents struggle to come to terms with their child’s diagnosis; feeling they are alone in the world.
MyTime is a free service that gives these parents a place to turn to for support and information, but most of all understanding.
“For example, if a child is autistic and not socially equipped or might hit or whatever the other parents will actually understand,” MyTime coordinator Danielle Hutchen said.
“It’s more about acceptance and inclusion and getting parents engaged.”
The group is open to anyone with a child with a disability, whether they just need some extra information or are reaching breaking point.
“Some are at their wits end and they are just lost,” Mrs Hutchen said.
“There are different degrees on the level of support that they need.”
The meetings provide a forum for parents to swap stories and share knowledge.
“It’s about sharing resources as in you speak from your own experience and say ‘This paediatrician works for me, I don’t like that paediatrician’ and you sort of give people tips and share advice,” Mrs Hutchen said.
The kids get a chance to have some fun while their parents chat too, with play-helpers Kym Corrigan and Marnie Reiffel supervising.
Professional help is also on offer with guest speakers covering a wide range of issues related to caring for a child with a disability.
To get involved contact Mrs Hutchen at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Cannonvale MyTime Facebook page.
SUPPORTIVE SOUL: MyTime support group coordinator Danielle Hutchen hard at work organising their next meeting.