MyTime reaches out in Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MEM­BER num­bers in the sup­port pro­gram MyTime have lit­er­ally dou­bled in the last year and on Sun­day the group had its big­gest turnout yet for a work­shop in Proser­pine.

This was a sign that fa­cil­i­ta­tor Danielle Hutchen is fill­ing a void in the com­mu­nity, reach­ing out a help­ing hand and say­ing “you are not alone”.

The MyTime ini­tia­tive is funded by the Par­ent­ing Re­search Cen­tre Pro­gram and is de­signed to sup­port par­ents/car­ers of chil­dren with a dis­abil­ity, de­vel­op­men­tal de­lay or med­i­cal con­di­tion.

Sun­day’s work­shop at the Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was for par­ents, car­ers or teach­ers and aides of chil­dren with ASD.

At the work­shop, Ms Hutchen was joined by Whit­sun­day area co-or­di­na­tor for Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Child Safety and Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices, Damien Plack­ett, speech pathol­o­gist Bron­wyn Sains­bury and St Cather­ine’s Prep teacher Emma Wood­ward, who dis­cussed many be­havioural sit­u­a­tions and out­comes.

With plans for a fish­ing trip or night out, the MyTime group is hop­ing to at­tract more fathers or male car­ers.

To get in­volved con­tact the Can­non­vale MyTime Face­book group.

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