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Helping kids reach their potential

SUPPORT: Adrian Piccoli with Eloise McCarthy, 6, and Susan Macgillycuddy at Griffith Early Intervention Service. Picture: Stephen Mudd.Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli visitedGriffith Early Intervention Service (GEIS) on Friday to see how children are being supported as they get ready for school.
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GEIS services children with disabilities likeautism, cerebral palsyand learning delays.

Mr Piccoli said early intervention was critical for a child’s development.

“The earlier they get additional support the better they’ll perform in school, not just academic but also socially,” Mr Piccoli said.“We always encourage as much participation in preschool and early childhood centres as possible and identifying learning difficulties or disabilities sooner and attending to them as soon as possible has academic and social benefits as well.”

Early intervention manager Susan Macgillycuddy saideducation was about a child’swell-being.

“Some kids won’t have great academic achievements at school but they will get the social and emotional support they need,” MsMacgillycuddy said.“The funding helps us complement what’s happening across all environments the child is in.As children transition to school we can help parents understand the process and help schools understand the children about a year before they start, so they’reinformed about who’scoming and what supports are needed.”

According to MsMacgillycuddy, schools were nowasking what the childrens’and families’needs were andadjustingthe curriculum to address thoseneeds.

“It’s about schools being ready for children,” MsMacgillycuddy said.“The child is who they are and you need to accept them for who they are and where they’re at. My belief is schools need to be ready for children not the other way around.”

Mr Piccoli said it was important children didn’t “slip behind”.

“With early intervention,the school already knows what the child’scapabilitiesare and they can get onto it from day one,” he said.

MsMacgillycuddy said there was another important reason to ensure a smooth transition to school.

“Research has shown the start to school totally impacts peoples’attitudes to education,” she said.“Ifyou have a rough start the child’s attitudes and parent’s attitudescan be negatively impacted and it affects long term educational outcomes.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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