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  • A mother and son stand under a tree. They each have an arm around eachother and are smiling at one another.

    My 17-year-old autistic son caught COVID

    My 17-year-old autistic son with high support needs caught COVID at his causal job on New Year’s Eve. Three days later he had symptoms, a cough, fever and sore throat.  I put him to bed and amazingly he slept OK. My other son and partner were away camping.  We agreed they would stay away until the […]

    07 February 2022

  • The secret to stronger families? Getting the right support

    An opinion piece by Melanie Dimmitt My son Arlo is a bright, book-loving five-year-old with a belly chuckle you’ve gotta hear to believe. He was born in very abrupt fashion, by way of an emergency caesarean during which he sustained a brain injury. Six months of unmet motor milestones later, Arlo was diagnosed with cerebral […]

    04 November 2021

  • Back view of a family holding hands and walking in nature.

    Our journey to a family-centred early intervention experience

    I still remember the day we got the diagnosis of Williams syndrome like it was yesterday. My son Alex was three months’ old and recovering from open heart surgery. At an appointment with the paediatrician I flagged that I thought something wasn’t quite right. My paediatrician was wonderful – she listened, observed and assessed. After […]

    28 October 2021