Family Testimonials

Awesome name for awesome people who do awesome things for kids

Congrats on the new name! Awesome name for awesome people who do awesome things for kids!!! – Francesca Pelloni -Assistant Principal – Learning and Support – Coffs Harbour – Sandy Beach PS

All the girls are fabulous and helpful.

All the girls are fabulous and helpful.

Willy looks forward to coming to EI playgroup and playing with the other children. This is especially helpful as I don’t have small children at home through the day. Willy has developed a lot since he’s been coming.

Willy is comfortable here now. So am I as I don’t feel ashamed any more to talk about anything. I was really nervous about coming at first but I love it now. Some of the other mums are now my Facebook friends. Everyone is friendly and supportive.

It’s helpful to have other children with the same diagnosis around because now I don’t feel so isolated and I don’t feel like I’m the only one with a child with Down Syndrome and I know that the things he does is normal.

I love how there were 2 playgroups made so that Willy wasn’t knocked around by the rougher kids. I felt really looked after.

Cassandra Deluca.

A truly great organization with amazing staff

A truly great organization with amazing staff very friendly and supportive our son absolutely loves going there.

Ashley Skillicorn

Do not hesitate to call and enquire if you are concerned regarding your child’s development.

I just want to say how amazing Manning EI has been so far in our journey with our ASD little boy. He was diagnosed back in June 2015 at about 2 years 9 months. They were our first point of call recommended by a friend once delays we noticed, and the crew at EI starting intervening with us months before his diagnosis. At every step they have given support (real support…including emotional support) and guidance focusing on our child’s individual needs and our needs as a family. I have a Masters in Child Development so am professionally equipped enough to say these people have it. They know what they are doing, and they do it with passion and heart. I feel blessed to have Rachel, Min, Fiona and everyone there on my team. Early Intervention is invaluable if you have a child with any delays (diagnosis or not); and this intervention includes support to not only help the child reach those milestones, but also allow parents a point of call and assistance in making any decisions. Do not hesitate to call and enquire if you are concerned regarding your child’s development. They are a kind, warm, professional group of folks who are eager to help in whatever way they can.

Mary-Francis-Ferguson

Beautiful angels on earth helping and supporting families x Thank you x

Beautiful angels on earth helping and supporting families x Thank you x

Carina Stewart

The best people who have helped us over the years with our three children.

The best people who have helped us over the years with our three children.

Kathryn and Norm Townsend

A truly great organization with amazing staff very friendly and supportive our son absolutely loves going there.

A truly great organization with amazing staff very friendly and supportive our son absolutely loves going there.

Ashley Skillicorn

Although everyday is different the support system you have and knowledge is immense.

Can I just say how amazing you all are. Over the last 2 terms with the help and support of the staff my son has come on in leaps and bounds. Although everyday is different the support system you have and knowledge is immense. For me it puts my mind at ease thank you all so so much we look forward to the last 2 terms with you.

I am so very grateful for the support all the staff provide – Highly recommend.

I am so very grateful for the support all the staff provide – Highly recommend.

Deb Klaus

I even travel from Gloucester weekly and I just love the intense therapy they received.

This service is fantastic, I was lucky enough for my children to attend sessions through outreach and at the centre. I even travel from Gloucester weekly and I just love the intense therapy they received. To watch them thrive, develop and grow into the beautiful little people.

I love the family feel environment, I can’t Thank Fiona, Cathy , Stacey and Adam enough for the help, and support they have given me over the last 3 years and still going. Love you guys and the service for all the help you have given my family.

Danielle Reeves

Hasting Early Intervention helped us to realise our child's needsl.... - Heather (parent)

Hasting Early Intervention helped us to realise our child’s needs in areas of development and gave us more understanding of our child in general, which then lead to better family life for us all as we began to understand why our child did certain things or displayed certain behaviours, and then in turn how best to deal with them. Hasting Early Intervention also helped us access others services in our area which we found most helpful.

Melita receives ongoing support in areas where our she struggles the most.

My daughter Melita has been with Early Connections for almost 3 years. The staff have been supportive, compassionate and caring towards us since we arrived at the service shortly after an autism diagnosis. We were comforted through the grieving stage of diagnosis and provided with information to make the best choices in services and therapy for Melita.

The staff have always been supportive, nurturing and dedicated to Melita in all aspects of service delivery. Melita receives ongoing support in areas where our she struggles the most.

This includes regular visits to preschool to upskill staff who work with her most frequently and help her to gain skills she can take with her to big school.

Glenyss has been instrumental as Melitas Key worker in collaborating between therapy, home and preschool to ensure we are all working towards the same goals. I cannot praise Early Connections enough and we have recommended them many times to parents who are concerned about their children’s development.

I have made life long friends in other Early Connections parents and now share our struggles and triumphs with other families who are following a similar journey. I am so thankful for Early Connections for being with us along the way and will be forever grateful for the practical support, education, therapy and resources I have received to help my beautiful little girl thrive.

The help everyone has given to our son is priceless.

Our family has been attending MGLEI for 4 years. The help everyone has given to our son is priceless. The staff, teachers and therapists are so committed to helping all the children (and the parents).

They are all so caring and compassionate and my son just loves going to the centre. Our son would not be the happy flourishing boy he is today without all the help, care and support we have been given by everyone.

Words cannot express how grateful our family is to you all.

Jen and Dane Heller

All the girls are fabulous and helpful.

All the girls are fabulous and helpful.

Willy looks forward to coming to EI playgroup and playing with the other children. This is especially helpful as I don’t have small children at home through the day. Willy has developed a lot since he’s been coming.

Willy is comfortable here now. So am I as I don’t feel ashamed any more to talk about anything. I was really nervous about coming at first but I love it now. Some of the other mums are now my Facebook friends. Everyone is friendly and supportive.

It’s helpful to have other children with the same diagnosis around because now I don’t feel so isolated and I don’t feel like I’m the only one with a child with Down Syndrome and I know that the things he does is normal.

I love how there were 2 playgroups made so that Willy wasn’t knocked around by the rougher kids. I felt really looked after.

Cassandra Deluca.

Thank you again for the endless support

Thank you again for the endless support we have received from everyone at Early Connections. I personally will never forget how you have all impacted on our family over the past 18 months,
Jade Watson 🙂

The staff at Hasting Early Intervention’s experience,... - Heather (parent)

The staff at Hasting Early Intervention’s experience, caring nature and attitude has given us hope and assurance that our child will make it in this big wide world and we are most grateful to all the staff for the two years of service they have given to our child and the many other children in our area.

We cannot thank the staff enough for the kindness they have shown our family... - Joanne (parent)

We cannot thank the staff enough for the kindness they have shown our family. Their encouragement has helped us to toilet-train our non-verbal child. They always focus on his strengths which has helped his self-esteem immensely.

HEIP have regularly provided family/teacher meetings... - Joanne (parent)

HEIP have regularly provided family/teacher meetings and kindly included our preschool teacher in the meetings. It helped our preschool teacher when planning for our son’s needs and helping him to achieve in the preschool setting.

Before HEIP, daycare was commenting daily on his “inabilities”... - Parent

Before HEIP, daycare was commenting daily on his “inabilities” in social play. We have come so far and now feedback is mostly positive, in social sense. Our child will attend mainstream kinder, and had it not been for HEIP I’m unsure if this would have been possible and if he would have coped with his lack of social skills, self-regulation & concentration.

We appreciate the amazing efforts of all the staff who work at HEIP... - Parent

We appreciate the amazing efforts of all the staff who work at HEIP. We don’t know what we would do without you!! You have made such a difference to us and better parents and better understanding.”

Am very appreciative for all the team has done to aid and assist us... - Parent

Am very appreciative for all the team has done to aid and assist us, it is a wonderful service they offer and has been fantastic in helping my child get off to a good start in life.

Wonderful support every week with practical help and useful resources... - Parent

Wonderful support every week with practical help and useful resources. My child and I would have been lost without these fantastic people.

I can only say I would highly recommend HEIP to any family who needs assistance... - Carma (parent)

I can only say I would highly recommend HEIP to any family who needs assistance with their children. The staff are all very friendly and professional. We love HEIP and thank you for loving our children as much as we do!!

It was wonderful to sit with big school & early intervention to help the staffs... - Parent

It was wonderful to sit with big school & early intervention to help the staff understand what to expect from him & ways in which he can be assisted. Having everyone talk together has reduce my anxiety at commencing school.

Providing comprehensive profiles of our students as they transition to kindergarten... - School Counsellor

Providing comprehensive profiles of our students as they transition to kindergarten. All staff conduct themselves in a professional yet friendly manner at all times. They have provided invaluable information on young people with special needs which makes the transition for special students successful and enjoyable. Keep up the great work good people.

HEIP has continued to work effectively with children & families enrolled... - Preschool Director

HEIP has continued to work effectively with children & families enrolled at our service. Staff assist our educators with regards to strategies/programming ideas to support children. We are constantly updated on children’s progress at HEIP via emailed reports. Staff are always helpful with regards to recommendations, referral process & training. We view HEIP as an integral part of our service delivery to the families in our community.

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